La 72 Hogar – Refugio para personas migrantes

Jesuit priest Fray Tomás started his migrant shelter in Tenosique, Tabasco in 2011, naming it La 72 in honor of the 72 migrants massacred in 2010 in San Fernando, a hundred miles south of the US border. Inspired by Latin American liberation theology and the Zapatista movement, Fray Tomás works not only to provide food and shelter to migrants, but also to restore their sense of self-worth and dignity, which is denigrated by all around them. La 72 resembles a Zapatista caracol with it’s brightly painted murals (many done by resident artist Mizar Martin) and hopeful, revolutionary credos. “The little project,” Fray Tomás says, “is a liberated territory.” Every wall, color, mural, and saying inspires and activates a new identity for migrants. His hope is that migrants won’t have to lower their eyes before authority, but come away from the shelter feeling like bearers of rights.

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Interview with Fray Tomás, director and founder of La 72 Hogar