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Month in Review @Cristosal

'Tis the season of forming bonds!

Cristosal Gathers Central American Ombudsmen and Bishops in El Salvador to Discuss Victim Protection Needs
November has been a big month for Cristosal! On November 21-23, Cristosal hosted a conference in El Salvador bringing together the Council of Human Rights Ombudsmen in Central America, and the region's Anglican and Episcopal Bishops. The purpose of the conference was to recognize the immediate need to address forced displacement by violence, especially the needs of victims. The conference was an unprecedented action joining civil society, the Church, and government to address this critical issue. 

“We are obligated to fight for justice and peace in all communities and respect the dignity of every human being,” said Honduran Bishop Lloyd Allen.

"It’s important not only that the church responds to human need, but that it also works to raise awareness around forced migration," said Panamanian Bishop Julio Murray. Bishop Murray also proposed forming a regional Church Council to formally address human rights issues.

The group also agreed on various mechanisms to improve national and regional coordination among civil society organizations, and with the Anglican and Episcopal Churches, to address the needs of victims. 

Click HERE for the full article by Episcopal News Service Journalist Lynette Wilson. Also a special thanks to the Conference's sponsors: the Anglican Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, and Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World).
NEW: 2015 Annual Report Released
As we draw close to the end of 2015, we want to thank you for your support and share with you our NEWLY RELEASED 2015 Annual Report - please click HERE to take a look and see what your generous support does! But the job is far from finished... We still depend on your support as we make plans for 2016.

Please keep Cristosal in mind as you make your holiday contributions this year. Every gift goes directly to support the needs of those displaced by violence, build community leadership, and promote regional exchange.
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LGBTI Research and Advocacy Grant
Cristosal is proud to announce that last month we received a grant from the Canadian Embassy in El Salvador to do research and advocacy on the issue of inclusive church communities in El Salvador. The project will look at church leadership within the five historic churches, persons who identify as LGBT, and finally lay persons, seeking to identify the level of openness or acceptance to LGBT persons in each, and any disparities among these groups. Pictured above is the signing of the agreement between the Canadian Ambassador in El Salvador, Cristosal, and other awardees working towards equality in El Salvador. 
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