Our human mobility program, which includes support for migration issues, asylum seekers and refugees, is based on the unique hospitality of Casa de los Amigos and its rich multicultural community. It combines direct service, education, collaboration and the approach of healing hospitality. The Casa works to support migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking in Mexico City. We engage with Mexican society and create awareness in the community of the House about the roots and realities of migration, refugees and the right to asylum in Mexico.
Our current projects are coordinated by the Human Mobility Committee, which is made up of full-time volunteers and the Peace Programs Coordinator.
Our Current Work
Casa de los Amigos’ Solidarity Lodging program offers emergency temporary housing and accompaniment for a select number of refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and migrant crime victims in need. Our positive and welcoming international community and our team of staff and volunteers provide a safe and healing space for this vulnerable population to begin their process of local integration in Mexico City. In addition to free lodging, the Casa also offers breakfast, local phone calls, an orientation to the neighborhood and the city, and assistance with other basic needs.
The Casa’s Solidarity Lodging program works in conjunction with organizations such as Sin Fronteras IAP (“Without Borders”), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico (UNHCR) and the Mennonite Central Committee.
We are not a migrant shelter. Currently we can only receive Solidarity Lodging guests who have been directed to us through organizations with which we have formal agreements. We are not able to provide free lodging to migrants in need without the backing of a partner organization.
We work with Sin Fronteras IAP to offer free, intensive Spanish classes to migrants and refugees from all over the world. Monday through Friday, students come to the Casa to learn Spanish and spend time with other members of the Casa community. The Casa also organizes regular cultural outings and events for the students.
The Casa’s Migration Committee maintains a directory of services for people in need in Mexico City and directs dozens of people each week who stop by the Casa to the organizations and institutions that can best help them.
Care Packages for a New Home
We also coordinate a donation bank of clothing and other basic supplies for refugees and migrants who are settling down in Mexico City and lack resources to furnish their new homes. Want to make a donation? Please call first: 57 05 05 21.
The Casa helps support the migrant shelter Tochan, which means “Our House” in Nahuatl. Tochan offers medium-term emergency housing, as well as accompaniment and other social services for mostly Central American migrants. *Tochan does not have an open door policy and receives migrants through formal agreements with partner organizations.
Awareness and Education
The Committee hosts groups who are interested in learning more about migration in Mexico, the right to asylum, and the root causes of migration. This includes daylong activities as well as intensive weeklong service-learning trips. We also organize regular events such as presentations, discussions and documentary film screenings.
*If you’d like to organize an event at the Casa or are interested in participating in one of our visits or trips, please call 57 05 05 21 or email: email@example.com
We believe that this work cannot be done alone. The Casa forms part of a network of organizations that works to provide holistic services for the migrant population in need in Mexico City. We can also be found attending events, meetings, conferences and workshops related to migration and participating alongside Mexico City’s active migrants rights community.
Other projects include hosting the Caravan of Central American Mothers each year, offering meeting space to local cooperatives working on migration issues, and housing the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families.
If you’d like to learn more about our migration work, please email Arturo Moreno at: firstname.lastname@example.org