640 Faith Leaders and Faith Based Organizations Sign On Letter Urging DHS to Extend And Re-designate Honduran TPS

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April 25, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Department of Homeland Security

3801 Nebraska Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20016

 

RE: Request to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras for at Least 18 Months

 

Dear Secretary Nielsen:

On behalf of the 122 undersigned national, state, and local faith-based organizations, as well as 518 faith leaders from across traditions, we respectfully request that you extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras for at least 18 months. Our request is based on moral and legal principles. As people of faith, we are called to provide hospitality and protect those who are in need of safety. These same values have been confirmed and codified through international agreements and in U.S. law, which recognizes that people have a right to seek safety from dangerous conditions that threaten their lives.[1] Such life-threatening conditions are present in Honduras today and would pose a serious risk to the health and safety of Honduran TPS holders if they were to be returned. Thus, an extension of TPS is warranted.

The decision whether or not to extend TPS for Honduras is due on May 4, 2018 and will affect nearly 60,000 Honduran TPS holders and their families, including over 53,000 U.S citizen children.[2] Last December, Honduras received an automatic, six-month extension of TPS when Acting Secretary Duke was unable to render a decision to extend or terminate.[3] Since that time, conditions in Honduras have worsened following a disputed presidential election.[4]

Request for extension

TPS for Honduras was first designated in 1999 following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch.[5] With 150 mile per hour winds and torrential rain for days, it was the deadliest hurricane in two hundred years and one of the strongest ever recorded.[6] The hurricane killed 5,600 and displaced 1.4 million.[7] Two-thirds of Honduras’ roads and bridges were destroyed.[8] Key agriculture, including the banana and coffee plantations that the Honduran economy relies on, were wiped out.[9] Across the country, people were left without adequate food, water, shelter, health care and other services.[10] The United Nations reported that Hurricane Mitch set Honduras back 20 years, both socially and economically.[11]

Honduras has struggled to recover from Hurricane Mitch and the resulting humanitarian crisis but progress has been slow, due to a number of factors. Over the years Honduras has received TPS, the U.S. government has cited subsequent natural disasters, economic and agricultural loss, lack of infrastructure, public health concerns, safety and violence problems and civil unrest as reasons why Honduras has not been able to sufficiently recover for the safe return of its nationals.[12] In May 2016 (the decision just prior to the most recent automatic extension) DHS stated that, “despite rebuilding efforts, Honduras still faces a housing deficit of 1.1 million homes.”[13] In that decision, DHS also noted that the agricultural sector continued to be seriously compromised, leaving the Honduran people without access to adequate food and a weakened economy.[14]

Conditions remain today that prevent the safe return of nearly 60,000 Honduran TPS holders. Recent studies show that the housing crisis remains and is in fact worsening, with the deficient growing at nearly 100,000 homes per year.[15] An estimated 638,000 do not have access to safe drinking water.[16] Hondurans suffer chronic malnutrition and hunger, including 25 percent of children under age 5.[17] Nearly 20 percent of the population does not have access to medical care.[18] A March 2018 report by the United Nations noted that 60 percent of the population lives in entrenched poverty, 38 percent of whom live in extreme poverty.[19]

Request for redesignation

In addition to the factors compelling extension, we also believe Honduras should be redesignated due to widespread gang violence and security concerns in the country. While some data shows a decrease in the homicide rate in recent years, the homicide rate in Honduras still remains one the highest in the world.[20] There are approximately 190,000 people internally displaced in Honduras due to country’s violence[21] with new displacements daily.[22] Unable to respond to the current humanitarian crisis, the government has no capacity for sustained integration of a large number of TPS returnees, nor to provide civilian security and protection.

In late 2017 and early 2018, violence in the country escalated further as the result of a disputed presidential election. Dozens of protesters were killed, hundreds wounded, and over a thousand imprisoned from the excessive force used by state security forces.[23] The U.N. Commission for Human Rights has repeatedly criticized the widespread and increased use of Honduran military in police functions in the last several years and its March report on the post-election violence it concludes that Honduras is in a fragile state for human rights, given the “high levels of violence and insecurity, a pervasive social conflict, and impunity for past and ongoing human rights violations and corruption.”[24]

We believe it is unconscionable to send back the nearly 60,000 TPS holders from Honduras— who are our neighbors, our congregants, our pastors, and faith and community leaders—given the conditions. Should they be returned to Honduras, they would be at extreme risk of hunger, thirst, and homelessness. Vulnerable due to their affiliation with the U.S., they would be prime targets for extortion and violence. Without question, families would be torn apart as Honduran TPS parents are faced with the impossible decision to be separated from U.S. citizen children, or bring them into harm’s way. The country and the region as a whole would further be destabilized by the loss of remittances that Honduran TPS holders are sending home from the U.S. to support family and friends. In all, not only would terminating TPS for Honduras put TPS holders and their families at risk, it would trigger a new wave of migration to the U.S. as desperate people flee the humanitarian crisis and violence.

We thank you for taking these concerns into consideration. We urge the administration to extend TPS for our Honduran sisters and brothers, and we will hold you in prayer as you make your decision.

Sincerely,

Faith organizations
Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region
Adrian Dominican Sisters
AHEM- Alianza Hispana Evangelica Ministerial
American Friends Service Committee
Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship
Burning Bush
Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC
Carmelite Sisters, Vedruna
Catholic Charities Esperanza Center
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee
Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ
Centro Comunitario CEUS
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Christ Lutheran Church
Church World Service
Coalition of Hispanic Evangelical Alliances of Texas
Congregation of Divine Providence of Kentucky
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Daughters of Charity – U.S.A.
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
Erie Benedictines for Peace
Esperanza Center Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Advocacy Office
Everence Financial
Faith Action Network
Faith in Florida
Felician Sisters of North America
First Mennonite Church of San Francisco
First Mennonite Church, Bluffton Ohio
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, U.S. Area
Franciscan Sisters of Dubuque, Iowa
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Haiti Solidarity Network NE
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA-JPIC
Hope Border Institute
Hyattsville Maryland Mennonite Church
IHM Sisters Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office
Immigrant Family Support Network – Wichita, KS
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Judson Memorial Church
Justice For Our Neighbors
Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Leadership Team of the Felician Sisters of North America
Leadership Team, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
LUCHA Ministries, Inc.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mercy Ecology
Michigan Conference, United Church of Christ
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Council of Jewish Women
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
NOVA Friends of Refugees
NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform
Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America
Oregon Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIJ)
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Pax Christi Florida
Pax Christi Illinois
Pax Christi U.S.A.
Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Presentation Sisters at Caminando Juntos
Priests of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province
Project IRENE
Racine Dominicans
Regional Deacon Naugatuck Valley
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Western American Province
Religious Sisters of Charity
Religious Sisters of Mercy
Rhode Island State Council of Churches
Saint Peter’s Church
Sanctuary for Refuge
Scalabrini International Migration Network
School Sisters of Notre Dame – Central Pacific Province
Sister Cities El Salvador
Sister of Saint Joseph
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Western Province Leadership
Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill US Province
Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of New York
Sisters of Loretto
Sisters of Mercy- Mercy Associates
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Leadership Team
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Mid-Atlantic Community
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur U.S.A.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia
Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, New York
Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Windsor, New York
Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, Iowa
Society of Helpers – U.S. Province
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church
St. Mary Hispanic Ministry
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)
University Baptist Church
Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
Wheaton Franciscan Justice and Peace Office
Wind of the Spirit, Immigrant Resource Center
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
World Relief
Faith leaders

Associate of Mercy Virginia Fifield, Sisters of Mercy
Associate Pastor Michelle Burkholder, Hyattsville Mennonite Church
Benedictine Associate Mary Kozmik, St. Paul’s Monastery
Bishop Paul Erickson, Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA
Bishop Peggy Johnson, Eastern PA Annual Conference
Bishop Thomas Aitken, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Br. Michael Potvin-Frost, Order of Franciscan Hermits
Bro. Jerry Rivers, Church of Christ
Brother Anthony Zuba, Church of the Good Shepherd
Catholic Religious Sister Eva Lallo, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Chair of the MN Conference of the UCC Immigration Team, Diane Haines, Mayflower UCC
Chaplain Margaret Finley, Christ Our Hope
Chaplain Mary Mahowald, Franciscan Sisters
Chaplain Michele Boccia, National Association of Catholic Chaplains
Clerk Bette Hoover, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting (Quakers)
Congregation Outreach Chair Jean Rivers, Interdenominational
Congregational Leader Sr. Greta Jupiter, Sisters of the Holy Family
Coordinator Joanne Whitfield, Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame Mother House Church
Council President Marsha Kennedy, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Council Secretary Darlene Neill, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Deacon David Borzenski, St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
Deacon Jacquelyn Mize-Baker, Saint Peter’s
Deacon Leo Bistak, St. Malachi
Deaconess Cindy Andrade Johnson, El Buen Pastor
Doctor Sister Mary Shaw, ASC
Dr Ellen Vopicka, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Dr. Brian Kaylor, Churchnet
Dr. Catherine Regan, Mercy Center
Dr. Glenn Ramsey, Providence Presbyterian Church
Dr. Irene Lietz, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Drive Team
Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr., Allen Temple Baptist Church
Dr. Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
Dr. Michael Adee, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Elder Adam Estle, Orangewood Nazarene Church
Elder Ann Jones, First Presbyterian
Elder J. Angell, Presbyterian Church
Elder Ken Grenz, Great Plains Conference
Elder Maria Studer, First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, NY
Elder/Professor Patricia Ann Kelly, North Side Christian Church
Eucharistic Minister Barbara Kozlowski, St. Teresa’s Parish, Buffalo, NY
Facilitator, Christ the Servant Parish Peace and Social Justice Committee Karen Jackson, Christ the Servant Catholic Faith Community
Father John P. Duffell, Church of the Blessed Sacrament
Fr. Bob Spencer, retired Episacopal Chaplain
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, Franciscan Friars
Fr. Jim Hoffman, Franciscan Friars
Fr. John Manahan, Society of Mary (Marianists)
Fr. Peter Hinde, Order of St. Camillus
Fr. William Weiksnar, Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church
Franciscan Lay Associate Thomas Ruggaber, Wheaton Franciscans
Friend Bette Hoover, Sandy Spring Quaker Meeting
Interim Conference Minister Barbara Libby, RI Conference UCC
Lay Associate Michelle Dugan, Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Lay Leader Stan Fitzgerald, St. Francis of Assisi
M.Th. Noemi Vega, Mission Vineyard
Mercy Associate Caridad Komp, Sisters of Mercy West Midwest
Mercy Associate Polly James, Sisters of Mercy
Minister for Faith Formation Jeremy Shaver, Park Hill Congregational Church
Miss Peggy Liewer, North Side Christian Church
Most Reverend Joe Vasquez, Catholic Diocese of Austin
Mr. Dennis R. Dowell, St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Mr. Frank Sennett, Lewistown Faith
Mr. Geoffrey Pruitt, St. John’s
Mr. George Burazer, Sisters of Mercy, Belmont, NC
Mr. Javier Bustamante, Archdiocese of Washington
Mr. Tom Cordaro, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish
Mrs. Alice Kehm, Mercy Associate
Mrs. Julie Brinkmann, St. Joseph’s, New Paltz , NY
Mrs. Marilyn Minke, Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA
Ms. Catherine Roberts, Sisters of St. Joseph Associates
Ms. Donna Mooney, Our Lady Queen of Peace
Ms. Eileen McGovern, Religious Sisters of Mercy Associate
Ms. Fran Weidner, Rochester Sisters of St. Francis
Ms. Jo Roesslein, Mary Queen of Peace
Ms. Judith Beck, Sisters of Mercy
Ms. Karyn Barry, Grace Chapel
Ms. Mary Reese, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
Ms. Mary Ritter, St. Mark’s Lutheran
Ms. MaryLu Coffey, Sisters of Mercy Associate
Ms. Nancy Pape, NH Conference United Church of Christ Immigrant & Refugee Support
Ms. Shelly Roder, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Msgr. T. Peter Ryan, Catholic
Nancy Loberg, Honduras companion synod mission team, Grace Lutheran Church
Pastor Barry Kreider, Pilgrims Mennonite Church
Pastor Bruce Steinway, New England Synod
Pastor Carolyn Dipboye, Grace Covenant Church of Oak Ridge
Pastor Henry Zorn, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Pastor Lynn Godsey, Templo De Poder
Pastor Megan Crouch, Saint Andrews Lutheran
Pastor Steven Herzberg, Our Savior Lutheran
Pastoral Associate Mary Jo Blankemeyer, Resurrection Community
Peace and Social Justice Committee Coordinator Karen Jackson, Christ the Servant Catholic Faith Community
Pope Patricia Horan, Sisters of St. Dominic
President Jan Elfers, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Rabbi Barat Ellman
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Rabbi David Greenstein, Congregation Shomrei Emunah
Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman, Temple Beth-El, Providence, RI
Rabbi Leah Berkowitz, Vassar Temple
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, Central Synagogue
Religious Louiseann Fritz, Religious Sisters of Mercy
Religious Sister Janet Bielmann, Sisters of Mercy
Retired Rev. Patricia Hollinger, Church of the Brethren/Quaker
Rev. (emeritus) Stan Verheul, Los Angeles Community CRC
Rev. Ailsa Guardiola Gonzalez, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Alena Lamirato, Peace in Christ
Rev. Alexander Steward, Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Alexis Kassim, Little River United Church of Christ
Rev. Amanda Rochelle, St. Paul – Triana United Methodist Church
Rev. Amber Inscore Essick, Port Royal Baptist Church
Rev. Amy Wake, Trinity United Methodist Church
Rev. Ani Missirian-Wilson Ani Missirian-Wilson, First United Methodist Church
Rev. Anne Dunlap, United Church of Montbello
Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
Rev. Beth Pottratz, Salem Lutheran Church
Rev. Bob Auld, Summit Baptist
Rev. Caroline Inlow, United Church of Christ
Rev. Charles Dahm, Dominicans
Rev. Charles Ortman, Retired
Rev. Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren
Rev. Christine Payden-Travers, retired Episcopal priest
Rev. David Morton, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
Rev. Derrick K. Holmes, Second Baptist Church
Rev. Diane Mettam, United Methodist Church
Rev. Dieufort Fleurissaint, Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle of Boston
Rev. Dr Donna Morton, United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Allison Tanner, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange, Emerson Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Dr. David Beebe, Epiphany United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Dennis Orsen, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Rhode Island State Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. John Best, Presbytery of Lake Michigan
Rev. Dr. John Rawlinson, Episcopal Diocese of California
Rev. Dr. Paul Ziese, MacArthur Park Lutheran Church
Rev. Dr. Phil Campbell, Northern Light United Church
Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, LPAC/Sanctuary Church, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, National City Christian Church
Rev. Dr. Stephen Kriss, Franconia Mennonite Conference
Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen, United Methodist
Rev. Dr. William Lyons, Southwest Conference United Church of Christ
Rev. Elizabeth Griswold, Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ
Rev. Elizabeth Reinking, Epiphany Lutheran Church
Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, Lime Rock Baptist Church
Rev. Frank Bergen, Episcopal Church of St. Matthew
Rev. Frederick Morris, North Hills UMC
Rev. James Sheehan. Jr., Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Rev. Jason Bense, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Rev. Jennifer Crist, Communities of Hope
Rev. Jim and Barbara Dale, First United Methodist Church
Rev. Jim Conn, United Methodist
Rev. John Engelhard, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Rev. Laurie Caesar, Spirit of Grace
Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss, St Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church
Rev. Lee Clasper-Torch, Church of the Brethren
Rev. Linda Hutson, Oro Valley Church of the Apostles
Rev. Linda Theophilus, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Rev. Lora Nafziger, Assembly Mennonite Church
Rev. Marilyn Chilcote, St. John’s Presbyterian Church Berkeley
Rev. Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Rev. Martha Sexton, St. Mark Presbyterian
Rev. Mary Will, United Methodist Church (retired)
Rev. MaryLou Dillon, United Memorial Christian Church
Rev. Megan Crouch, St. Andrews Lutheran
Rev. Megan Ramer, Seattle Mennonite Church
Rev. Michael Coburn, Church of the Ascension
Rev. Nathan Hill, University Christian Church
Rev. Paul Benz, Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Paul Hagedorn, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Raymond Malm, Roman Catholic
Rev. Reginald Brantley, Metropolitan Association, NY Conference, United Church of Christ
Rev. Richard Doerrer-Peacock, Desert Palm United Church of Christ
Rev. Robert Langseth, Holy Trinity Lutheran
Rev. Robert McKenzie, St. John’s Presbyterian Church Berkeley
Rev. Ross Carmichael, St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Rev. Samantha E Lioi, East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church
Rev. Sandra Strauss, Market Square Presbyterian Church
Rev. Sandra Strauss, Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Rev. Sharon Freeto, St. Paul United Methodist Church
Rev. Stephen Copley, Faith Voices Arkansas
Rev. Stephen Price, First Baptist of Hyattsville
Rev. Steven Wilco, Immanuel Lutheran Church
Rev. Sue Joiner, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Rev. Susan Maxwell, Centre Street Congregational Church
Rev. Susan Steinberg, United Church of Chapel Hill
Rev. Viola Morris-Buchanan, Allen African Methodist Episcopal
Rev. Wilbur Thomas, Basilica of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church
Rev. William Zelazny, Channing Memorial Churh
Rev. Zachary Harmon, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Reverend Betsy Garland, Moosup Valley United Church of Christ
Reverend Bonnie Underwood, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Reverend Doctor John Long, First Presbyterian Church
Reverend John Long, First Presbyterian Church
Reverend May Cronin, Sisters of Mercy
Reverend Suzanne Isaacs, Christ Fellowship UMC
S. Martha Jaegers, St. Pius V
Sister Agnes Brennan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Alice Gallagher, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Alice O’Shaughnessy, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Alice Talone, Congregation of Bon Secours
Sister Angelica Smialowicz, Felician Sisters of North America
Sister Ann McGovern, RSM, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Anna Marie Lesutis, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Anna Marie Reha, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Anna Quigley, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Anna Saltzman, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Anne Bucher, Dominican Sisters of Hope
Sister Anne Curtis, RSM, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Anne Lutz, CBS
Sister Anne Wambach, Benedictine Sisters of Erie
Sister Anne Woodeshick, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Anne-Marie Bourque, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Arlene Ronollo, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Assunta Riley, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Barb Freemyer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Barbara Craig, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Barbara Einloth, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill U.S. Province
Sister Barbara Hughes, CSJ, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Barbara King, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister Beatrice Hernandez, Wheaton Franciscans
Sister Benita Coffey, Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
Sister Bernie Barrett, Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate
Sister Carmela Garofalo, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Carmella Campione, Congregation of Saint Joseph
Sister Carol Boschert, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, MO
Sister Carol De Angelo, Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of New York
Sister Carolyn McWatters, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Catherine Kuper, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Catherine Leamy, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Sister Cathleen Toomey, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Cecelia Cavanaugh, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Cecilia Baranowski, Sisters of Mercy Northeast
Sister Cecilia La Pietra, Dominican Sisters Sparkill
Sister Cecilia Warnre, Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sister Charmaine Krohe, School Sisters of Notre Dame
sister Christine Kavanagh, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Christine Stankiewicz, Felician
Sister Claire Filippone, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Clare Farabaugh, Religious Sisters of Mercy
Sister Colleen Dauerbach, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sister Connie Trainor, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Cora Salazar, Sisters of Mercy of Color Living in the United States
Sister Corlita Bonnarens, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Cynthia Serjak, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Dale Jarvis, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Danielle Bonetti, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Sister Denise Curry, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sister Diana Newton, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Diane Clyne, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Diane Hejna, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Diane Swanson, Religious Sisters of Mercy
Sister Dolores Moriarty, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Donna Marie Coward, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Dorothy Dempsey, Adrian Dominican
Sister Dorothy LeBlanc, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Dorothy Moczygemba, Felician Sisters
Sister Dr. Mary Kay Dobrovolny, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Edyth Fitzsimmons, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Eileen Mary Pisror, Sister of Mercy of the Americias
Sister Eileen Pazmino, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Elaine Jahrsdoerfer, Dominican Sisters of Amityville
Sister Elizabeth Burns, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Elizabeth Meizinger, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Sister Ellen FitzGerald, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Emily Devine, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Frances Duos, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Frances Murray, OSF, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Sister Francine Schwarzenberger, Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sister Francine Sousa, Felician Sisters
Sister Francis Marie Sheridan, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Geraldine Nowak, Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, OH
Sister Grace Eidt, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Honora Nicholson, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Irene Dunn, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Jackie Moreau, Roman Catholic Sister of Mercy
Sister Jane Cayer, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Jane Schur, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Jane Veldof, Sisters of Mercy Mid Atlantic
Sister Janice Perrault, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary
Sister Jean Faustman, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Jeanne Barnard, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Jeanne Moore, Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sister Jeanne O’Rourke, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Jeanne Rusch, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Joan Beairsto, O.P., Dominican Congregation of the Rosary
Sister Joan Brown, Franciscan Sisters Rochester, MN
Sister Joan Lang, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Joan Quinn, Sisters of IHM
Sister Joan Serda, Sisters of Mercy South Central Community
Sister Jo’Ann De Quattro, Sisters of the Holy Names
Sister Joanne Ladwig, Sisters of Christian Charity
Sister Joanne LaFreniere, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Jonella Rhoda, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Joy Peterson, Sisters of the Presentation
Sister Joyce Hanks, Marianites of Holy Cross
Sister JT Dwyer, Daughters of Charity
Sister Judith Barial, Sisters of the Holy Family- New Orleans
Sister Judith Bonini, Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe
Sister Judith Garson, Society of the Sacred Heart
Sister Judith Oliver, Sisters of St. Joseph Philadelphia
Sister Judith Osterburg, Cenacle Sisters
Sister Judith Smith, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Judith Zielinski, Sisters of St. Francis
Sister Judy Carle, Sisters of Mercyof the Americas
Sister Judy Fay, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Judy Illig, IBVM, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister Karen Scheer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen Erickson, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen Kearney, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen Mary Long, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen Nolan, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen O’Brien, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kathleen Rooney, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Kay Schwenzer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Kristine Vorenkamp, Sisters of the Living Word
Sister Linda Songy, Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross
Sister Linda Stilling, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Lorraine Leibold, Sisters of St. Dominic
Sister Louise Foisy, Sisters of Mercy
Sister LuAnn Hannasch, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Lucille Flores, Franciscan Sisters
Sister Lucy Calvillo, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Lynn Caton, CSJ, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood
Sister Marcelline Koch, Dominican Sisters
Sister Margaret Anne Birtwistle, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Margaret Downing, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Margaret Hanley, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Margaret Mary McLaughlin, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Margarita Martin, ACJ, Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sister Marge Clark, Sisters of Charity, BVM
Sister Marge White, Sisters of St. Joseph, TOSF
Sister Marguerite Polcyn, Sisters of St. Francis
Sister Marie Annette Seymour, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Marie Crowley, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Marie Ellmer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Marie Michele Donnelly, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Marilita Lorenz, School Sisters of St. Francis
Sister Marilynn Wittenauer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Marjorie Klein, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Martha Meyer, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Martha Naber, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Maru Carr, Dominican Sisters
Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz, RSM, Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community
Sister Mary Aloyse Gerhardstein, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Mary Ann Penner, IHM Sisters
Sister Mary Anne Poeschl, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Mary Barrar, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia
Sister Mary Beck, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ, Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sister Mary Carr, Dominican Sister
Sister Mary Catherine Manley, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia
Sister Mary Catherine Mindling, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Cynthia Ann Machlik, Congregation of Sisters Saint Felice Cantalicio
Sister Mary Dabrera, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Mary Danaher, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Doyle, Congregation St Joseph
Sister Mary E. Corbett, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Mary Ellen Foley, Sisters of Mercy NH
Sister Mary Ellen Lacy DC, Daughters of Charity
Sister Mary Ellen Twist, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Mary Fornicola, Adrian Dominican Sisters
Sister Mary George O’Toole, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Helen O’Donnell, Seton Hill Sisters of Charity
Sister Mary Jacqueline Buckley, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Mary Jane Daily, SSJ, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Mary Jo Heman, OP, Dominican Congregation of Sparkill
Sister Mary Joyce Moeller, Congregation of Divine Providence
Sister Mary Mahowald, Franciscan Sisters
Sister Mary Margaret Miner, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Mason, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Motte, Mission Resource Center, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
Sister Mary Pendergast, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Mary Sheehan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Mary Skopal, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Maryann Mueller, Felician Sisters
Sister Maryanne Werner, RSM, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Maudra McCarthy, Sisters of the Presentation
Sister Maureen Foltz, Carmelites, Vedruna
Sister Maureen Jessnik, Roman Catholic
Sister Maureen McGarrigle, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Monica Ossaben, Sisters of Saint Joseph Chestnut Hill
Sister Monica Stuhlreyer, Catholic
Sister Nanct McCarthy, BVM
Sister Nancy Fackner, Sisters of St Joseph
Sister Nancy Fitzgerald, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Nancy Surma, Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio
Sister Nancy Whitley RSM, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Natalie McDonough, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Natalie Rossi, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Noel Frey, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Nora Nash, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Sister Norma Carney, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister of Mercy Audrey Hallahan, Sisters of Mercy
Sister of Mercy Julia Norton, Sisters of Mercy
Sister of Mercy Margaret Andrews, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister of Mercy Mary Galeone, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister of Mercy Patricia Otillio, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister of Mercy Rosemary Welsh, Sister Rosemary
Sister Patricia Corbett, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sister Patricia Eck, Congregation of Bon Secours
Sister Patricia Ferrick, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Patricia Flynn OP, Dominican Sister of Hope
Sister Patricia Irr, Wheaton Franciscan Sisters
Sister Patricia Kelly, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia
Sister Patricia McGinley, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sister Patricia McGrath, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Patricia Oliver, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Patricia Pora, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Paulette Pollina, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Paulette Williams, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Peggy McVetty, Srs. Of St. Dominic-Amityville
Sister Peggy Verstege, Sister of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Phyllis Bernardo, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Phyllis Thompson, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister RayMonda DuVall, Community of the Holy Spirit
Sister Renee Yann, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Rita Parks, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Rita Specht, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Rita Waters, Sisters Of Mercy
Sister Rosalie Pronsati, Sisters of Mercy MidAtlantic Community
Sister Rose Reda, Sisters of Saint Joseph – Philadelphia
Sister Rosemarie Goins, Felician Franciscan Sisters of North America
Sister Rosemary Burnham, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Rosemary Hudak, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic
Sister Rosemary McMurray, Sisters of Mercy
Sister S M Philip Kwolek, Felician Sisters
Sister Sally Duffy, SC, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati
Sister Sara Dwyer, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region
Sister Sarah Sherman, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Sharon Altendorf, Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the BVM US Province
Sister Sheila Harrington, Sisters of Mercy
Sister SheilaMarie Tobbe, Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
Sister Shirley Krull, Wheaton Francisans
Sister Shirley Murphy, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Sister Bernie Galvin, Congregation of Divine Providence
Sister Sister Mary Sarto Gaffney, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Sr. Mary Fellin, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Susan Cain, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Susan DeGuide, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Susan Dunnwald, Religious Sister of Mercy
Sister Susan Wilcox, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY
Sister Suzanne Wallin, Sisters of Charity, NY
Sister Sylvia Borgmeier, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister Teri Hadro, BVM, Sisters of Charity
Sister Theresa Saetta, Sisters of Mercy
Sister Therese Bangert, Social Justice Coordinator, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sister Trinie Pangelinan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sister Victoria Staub, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Virginia Wilkinson, Sisters of the Presentation of the BVM
Sister Yliana Hernandez, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister, Doctor, Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min., Wheaton Franciscans
Sistrr Jeanne d’Arc Salinger, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Anna M. Goetz, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Anne Lynch, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Anne Sekul, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Anne Wisda, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sr. Bernita Bittner, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sr. Brigid Lawlor, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Sr. Carlotta Oberzut, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Carole Fitzpatrick, Congregation of St. Joseph
Sr. Cheryl Phillips, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Claire Regan, Sisters of Charity of New York
Sr. Claudette Schiratti, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Danat Brysch, Felician Sisters
Sr. Eileen Mary O’Connor, Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest
Sr. Elizabeth J. Scadova, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NE
Sr. Eunice Drazba, Dominican of Adrian Michigan
Sr. Jean Murin, Sisers of Mercy
Sr. Joan M. Schwager, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Joan Scary, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Joann Ury, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Sr. Judene Studer, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sr. Judith Cannon, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Judy Lu McDonnell, Dominican Sisers of San Rafael
Sr. Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP, Dominican Sisters of Springfield
Sr. M. Sheila Kelly, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Margaret Brown, Daughters of Charity
Sr. Margaret Stratman, Servants of Mary
Sr. Marian F Kelly, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Martha Larsen, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Mary Ann Clifford, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Mary Boesen, Sisters of Loretto
Sr. Mary Ellen Brody, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Mary Helen Nugent, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Mary Lou Pappolla, St. Francis of Philadelphia
Sr. Mary Unger, Sisters of St. Joseph
Sr. Mary Wirtz, Franciscan Sisters
Sr. Miriam Nolan, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Pat McDermott Margaret Seidel, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Patricia Colla, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Patricia Gardner, Sisters of St. Francis
Sr. Patricia Phillips, Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Sr. Phyllis Tierney, Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester
Sr. R M Krebs, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sr. Rachelle Harper, Sisters of Mercy
Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Sr. Rose Gansle, Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament
Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, SSpS, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters
Sr. Rosemary Russell, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood
Sr. Sarah Foster, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Sister Perrier, Marianites of Holy Cross
Sr. Susan Plews, School Sister of Notre Dame
Sr. Theresa Scanlon, Sisters of St Joseph
The Rev. Anne Vouga, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. C. Brent Hoy-Bianchi, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
The Rev. Canon Maria Tjeltveit, Episcopal Church of the Mediator
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker, St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, The Interfaith Center of New York
The Rev. Dr. Clay Brantley, Presbyterian Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Lisa Dahill, California Lutheran University
The Rev. Jared Stahler, Saint Peter’s Church
The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer, St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Sandra D’Amico Sandra D’Amico, Immanuel Lutheran Attleboro MA
The Reverend Mary Garner, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The Reverend W. Michael Biklen, Musserville/San Pablo United Methodist
The Venerable Catherine Cooke, Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Urban Missionary Rosa E. Mercado, LPAC/Sanctuary Church
Vickie Wojciechowski, Wheaton Franciscans
 

 

 

 

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[2] Robert Warren and Donald Kerwin, A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Vol. 5 No. 3 (2017), cmsny.org/publications/jmhs-tps-elsalvador-honduras-haiti.
[3] 82 Fed. Reg. 59630 (Jan. 6, 2018), www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/15/2017-27140/extension-of-the-designation-ofhonduras-for-temporary-protected-status.
[4]  Gustavo Palencia, Honduran security forces battle protesters as election chaos lingers, Reuters (Jan. 20, 2018), www.reuters.com/article/ us-honduras-election/honduran-security-forces-battle-protesters-as-election-chaos-lingers-idUSKBN1F9120.
[5] 64 Fed. Reg. 524 (Jan. 5, 1999), www.federalregister.gov/documents/1999/01/05/98-34849/designation-of-honduras-undertemporary-protected-status.
[6]  81 Fed. Reg. 94 (May 16, 2016), www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11306/extension-of-the-designation-ofhonduras-for-temporary-protected-status.
[7] Id.
[8] Rathod, Jayesh and Stinchcomb, Dennis and De Luna, María and Castaneda, Ricardo and Menkos, Jonathan and Urbina, Juan and Pillado, LaSarah, Extending Temporary Protected Status for Honduras: Country Conditions and U.S. Legal Requirements, CLALS Working Paper Series (November 2017), https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065774.
[9] Id.
[10] Id.
[11] 81 Fed. Reg. 94 (May 16, 2016), www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11306/extension-of-the-designation-ofhonduras-for-temporary-protected-status.
[12] Rathod, Jayesh and Stinchcomb, Dennis and De Luna, María and Castaneda, Ricardo and Menkos, Jonathan and Urbina, Juan and Pillado, LaSarah, Extending Temporary Protected Status for Honduras: Country Conditions and U.S. Legal Requirements, CLALS Working Paper Series (November 2017), https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065774.
[13] 81 Fed. Reg. 94 (May 16, 2016), www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/2016-11306/extension-of-the-designation-ofhonduras-for-temporary-protected-status.
[14] Id.
[15] Rathod, Jayesh and Stinchcomb, Dennis and De Luna, María and Castaneda, Ricardo and Menkos, Jonathan and Urbina, Juan and Pillado, LaSarah, Extending Temporary Protected Status for Honduras: Country Conditions and U.S. Legal Requirements, CLALS Working Paper Series (November 2017), https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065774.
[16] Id.
[17] Id.
[18] Id.
[19] Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Honduras, United Nations Commission for Human Rights (March 19, 2018), https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/A_HRC_37_3_Add.2.pdf.
[20] Honduras, Human Rights Watch (2016), https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/honduras.
[21] Honduras, Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (2016), http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/honduras/.
[22] Anastasia Moloney, Hundreds flee gang warfare in Honduras’ murder city, Reuters (May 15, 2017), https://www.reuters.com/article/us-honduras-displacment-violence/hundreds-flee-gang-warfare-in-honduras-murder-city-idUSKCN18B223.
[23] Human rights violations in the context of the 2017 elections in Honduras, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2017), http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/HN/2017ReportElectionsHRViolations_Honduras_EN.pdf.
[24] Id.