With the war officially over, the Salvadoran community in L.A. undergoes major shifts in focus.
CARECEN changes its name to the Central American Resource Center to reflect that the ‘refugee’ period is over. The community builds permanent roots in Los Angeles and the legal and education programs at CARECEN reflect the transition.
With global recession taking a strong toll in California, race and class tensions increase across the state. CARECEN and other organizations begin planning responses to indications that Governor Pete Wilson will launch Proposition 187, a major anti-immigrant initiative on the 1994 ballot.
CARECEN in conjunction with other legal service providers files CARECEN v. Reno, a lawsuit challenging conditions and treatment of detainees at the INS San Pedro Detention Center. CARECEN provides legal assistance to 602 detainees in 1993.
CARECEN achieves a partial victory for the extension of DED for Salvadorans which grants 18 months of safe-haven and work authorization for 187,000 Salvadorans in the U.S. With the assistance of approximately 200 pro bono attorneys, CARECEN represents hundreds of applicants who have complications in their cases with the INS.
CARECEN advocates for the development of democracy in El Salvador. CARECEN’s human rights department holds the Salvadoran government accountable for the delays in its implementation of the Peace Accords and holds the U.S. government responsible for foot-dragging in the peace process.
CARECEN’s continued commitment to human rights and democracy in El Salvador leads to additional death threats against staff, break-ins at the offices and other forms of harassment against the agency.
Carlos Ardon becomes interim Director
Roberto Lovato becomes Executive Director.