Caritas Mexico was founded in 1973, when the team was formed and operations began. From 1979 to 1995 Caritas Mexico was considered as a social welfare and emergency relief entity. In 1997 its legal status was changed as it became an IAP (Private Charitable Institution), thereby regaining its original nature as a federation of diocesan Caritas, directly linked to the Mexican Bishops’ Conference. Currently the organisation has 62 diocesan Caritas, with a presence in 30 of Mexico’s states.
Caritas Mexico (CEPS) operates in seven areas of pastoral care.
Caritas pastoral care: accompanies the diocesan Caritas, supports people with HIV/AIDS, promotes gender equality and helps in emergencies caused by natural disasters and social crisis situations.
Pastoral care of workers: in the interest that all human activities may be dignified and contribute towards social progress.
Pastoral care of indigenous peoples: training of indigenous peoples − most of whom come from states in southern and south-eastern Mexico − so that they can play key roles in their own integral development.
Pastoral healthcare: an annual national meeting is held in September to reflect on healthcare approaches from a theological viewpoint.
Pastoral care of prisoners: aimed at boosting the training of those deprived of their freedom and their families. In Mexico, 80 per cent of the prison population is under 30 years, with low incomes and little education.
Human mobility: responds to the situation of transit, destination, deportation and trafficking of emigrants and immigrants from an overall perspective, by seeking to deal with the causes in order to reduce migration flows and exploitation of human beings.
Justice, peace and reconciliation: promotes peaceful resolution of conflicts and reconciliation processes, via educational means.
Caritas Mexico has established relations with other members of the Caritas confederation, including among others Caritas Spain, Caritas Norway, Caritas Germany, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), Secours Catholique (Caritas France), the Caritas of Latin American and the Caribbean, Miserior, UN agencies and religious groups, the Don Bosco Foundation, the Society of Jesus, the Guadalupe Missionaries and the Mesón de la Misericordia.
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Criminal gangs are not the only danger that migrants must face. Private security forces responsible for the protection of trains and goods, and some representatives of the State (federal police, migration officers) also take part in exploiting the weakness of migrants.
Caritas Mexico Info
|Postal Address||Tintoreto No. 104,
Colonia Cd. de los Deportes,
C. P. 03710 Mexico,
D. F., Mexico
|Telephone||+52 (55) 5563-1604
+52 (55) 5563-6543
|Fax||+52 (55) 5563-3968|