Since about 2013, Nuevo León has been a key state in the migration process. Today it is the state with the sixth heaviest traffic of migrants. During their journey to the United States migrants are exposed to multiple abuses and violations of their human rights. Their migrant status also hinders access to most basic services.
Casa Monarca was founded in the Metropolitan Area of Monterrey to address this humanitarian crisis. At the end of 2014, a small group of friends began distributing water and food to Central American migrants near the train tracks in the west of the city. Their humanitarian effort was joined by Dr. Luis Eduardo Zavala when he arrived in Santa Catarina in 2015, after years of academic work on Human Rights. Together they devised an organization that would give critical attention to migrants and defend their rights.
Casa Monarca’s approach is to bring food and help to the places where the migrants tend to gather. The Casa Monarca team first worked through the kitchens of their own volunteers; currently, they rent a house and office in the colony Nueva Santa Catarina.
Casa Monarca offers food deliveries along with legal and medical services; soon, Casa Monarca will offer mental health services as well. Casa Monarca also carries out research on the topic of migration and is actively involved in raising awareness and in educating civil society about migration and the human rights of migrants.
Casa Monarca plans to build a shelter to welcome migrants, regardless of their nationality, and offer critical aid to migrants. In December 2016, the first brick of the building was blessed by the archbishop of Monterrey.
With the support of approximately fifty permanent volunteers, dozens of temporary volunteers, benefactors, and a group of collaborators, Casa Monarca seeks tirelessly to promote the dignity and empowerment of migrants.
The migrants– men, women, children, and adolescents–who have left their home countries in search of a better life are the inspiration of Casa Monarca. This population consists mainly of Central Americans from the North Triangle–Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador– as well as Mexicans from other states. While many migrants are traveling to the United States, migration flows are complex and the migrants in question may have recently been deported from the US or looking to settle in Monterrey.
CONTEXT: MIGRATION IN MEXICO
Central America is the most violent region in the world. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have some of the highest crime and violence rates in Latin America. This forces thousands of Central Americans to leave their countries.
Each year, about 150,00 migrants pass through the Mexican border. Studies show that the main reasons that people leave their countries are violence, insecurity, inequality, lack of employment opportunities and family reunification.
There are millions of Mexicans in the United States whose irregular immigration status makes them potential victims of deportation. The immigration policy of the current US administration has frightened Mexican and Central American migrants, forcing them to consider alternative plans.
Both Mexican and US policies favor “national security” above human security, which leads to systematic violations of the human rights of migrants.
Female migrants, more than men, face difficulties in trying to lead a decent life in their places of origin.
STRATEGIC PLAN (2017)
1. Strengthen our fundraising efforts and seek regular sources of income.
2. Formalize education and awareness services by developing educational material, and training our staff to teach.
3. Consolidate networks and alliances with other organizations and institutions and broaden research objectives.
4. Integrate and secure the comprehensive care model that incorporates our various services.
5. Strengthen our administration and internal and public communication.
6. Complete the construction of shelter.