The population of Central American refugees in the Los Angeles area surpasses one half million due to the
escalation of the war in El Salvador.
CARECEN works with Salvadoran refugees to build and support the sanctuary movement by providing testimoni
In December, CARECEN and CRECEN go on a 15-day hunger strike at La Placita Olvera to denounce deportations of Salvadoran refugees by the Reagan administration.als regarding human rights abuses in El Salvador.
Many churches and community members in Los Angeles provide housing and refuge for Salvadorans including La Placita Olvera (named an official “Sanctuary”), Father Luis Olivares, UCLA, UC Berkeley and Cal State LA in addition to other colleges and universities.