1992

1992.jpgTwo major events impact CARECEN’s direction: 1) the Peace Accord between the Salvadoran government and the democratic opposition, FMLN, and 2) the Los Angeles civil unrest of April 29.

CARECEN publicly denounces human and civil rights abuses perpetrated by INS, LAPD and the National Guard during the civil unrest. Attorney General William Sessions, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and other national figures visit CARECEN. CARECEN becomes an active member of several post-riot coalitions including Rebuild L.A., the Coalition of Neighborhood Developers, the Latino Coalition for a New L.A. and others.

Following the civil unrest, many community-based organizations, including CARECEN, receive new government funds for youth leadership programs and economic development. CARECEN launches a summer youth employment and leadership development program known as Nueva Generación. In its first nine months, nearly 100 youth contribute to building civic responsibility and leadership skills and are employed at MALDEF, the office of City Council member Mike Hernandez, Rebuild L.A., La Opinión, the Center for Non-Profit Management and several labor unions. CARECEN youth organize a multi-ethnic youth conference with youth from the African American and Asian American communities to help create understanding between ethnic communities.

In recognition of CARECEN’s central role during the civil unrest, ARCO donates $800,000 toward the purchase and development of the first Central American community center in Los Angeles.

In recognition of their contributions to peace in El Salvador, CARECEN staff attends the historic signing of the Peace Accords at the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City. In L.A., CARECEN and community groups organize a festival celebrating the signing of the Peace Accords where more than 10,000 Salvadorans attend to mark the end of the 12–year civil war.

CARECEN monitors the implementation of the Peace Accords in El Salvador. In August, it coordinates a delegation with representatives from the offices of Congress members Connie Morella (R-MD), Edward Feighan (D-OH) and Howard Berman (D-CA) to urge the thorough reform and reduction of the Salvadoran Armed Forces.

CARECEN in coordination with the Association of Salvadorans (ASOSAL) launches an international campaign for the extension of protected status, now known as Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), which expires on June 30, 1993. CARECEN and ASOSAL mobilize Salvadorans for dozens of demonstrations at the L.A. Federal Building and meet with members of the U.S. Congress and Justice Department to build support for the extension. CARECEN organizes several delegations to El Salvador to build support for the campaign.

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