2001

2001.jpgThe Salvadoran earthquake leaves one million homeless.  CARECEN mounts financial campaign to assist devastated villages, raising $146,208 for projects in the departments of Cuscatlan, La Paz, San Vicente and La Libertad, El Salvador. Fifty-one homes are built, one school house and one regional market along with emergency aid.

The attorney general announces the designation of Temporary Protected Status for 150,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. when earthquake hit.

The rock group, Jaguares, visits CARECEN to take part in a book drive for the Academic and Cultural Enrichment program.

CARECEN provides over 5,000 individuals with information at presentations (charlas) and files 1,147 TPS applications in the month of March.

An historic new alliance of labor, immigrant rights and religious leaders hosts march and immigrant workers forum at LA Sports Arena to call for immigration parity and justice for those who are currently victimized by employers due to the fragility of their immigration status.  Over 20,000 join in march and forum.

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 radically changes the country’s view of immigrants; and derails movement towards a new legalization program that had been building momentum. 

CARECEN, Central American Coalition, Congress member Lucile Roybal-Allard, City councilman Mike Hernandez and KMEX sponsor a one-day free event to file family petitions at the Los Angeles Convention Center attended by 12,000 individuals. Three thousand I-130 applications were completed by over 100 volunteers and attorneys.

The Coalition for Police Accountability is formed to address the Rampart scandal and assure police reform.

The Quality of Education Campaign continues to fight for completion of the Belmont Learning Complex.

Computer Open Lab begins with 450 visits per month.

CARECEN initiates the Pico Union Revitalization Team (PURT) youth leadership program.

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