1991

CARECEN_1991.jpgIn June alone, CARECEN processes nearly 8,000 applicants for TPS. By the end of the TPS application period, CARECEN registers 14,430 applicants – 7% of the national total of 200,000 and twice as many an any other agency nationwide.

CARECEN, Legal Aid Foundation of LA, MALDEF and the National Immigration Law Center file CARECEN et al v. Daryl Gates. This case challenges the L.A. Police Department’s practice of illegally inquiring into people’s immigration status – victims and suspects alike – and calling the INS to pick up the victims of smugglers.

As the crises in Guatemala worsens and the death toll rises, CARECEN devotes more of its resources to bringing international attention to the Guatemalan struggle. It participates in a national coalition to obtain TPS for Guatemalans so that they may remain in the U.S. until the war is over.

In March 1991, the prestigious law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher sends four of its attorneys together with two CARECEN staff and an interpreter to El Salvador to conduct an intensive investigation of the January 19, 1991 massacre of 15 peasants in the town of El Zapote.

CARECEN sends a delegation of attorneys, journalists and an aide to Congress member Richard Gephardt to El Salvador to investigate alleged violations of journalist’s freedom of expression. As a result of the delegation’s findings, CARECEN and the non-governmental Human Rights Commission file a complaint against the government of El Salvador before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on behalf of the only opposition newspaper in El Salvador, Diario Latino, which had been fire-bombed in February.

Angela Castillo becomes Chair, Board of Directors.

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