CARECEN_1983.jpgThe Central American Refugee Center (former name of CARECEN) is founded by a group of Salvadoran refugees and human rights activists, following the model established in Washington DC two years earlier.

In El Salvador, war and human rights abuses continue to intensify.

Linton Joaquin becomes the first Executive Director, with Mario Salgado as Assistant Director and Samuel Paz as first Chair of the Board of Directors.