The Society's Projects
The Society of Jesus from its beginnings has been aware of the needs of the poorest, most vulnerable and excluded sectors of the population.
In Mexico, as in all third world countries, there was a quick response to the Jesuits' overarching concerns in the form of concrete projects of accompaniment, solidarity, and service to our poorest brothers and sisters, including:
The Bachajón Mission. The Bachajón Mission covers an area of 5,000 square kilometers— the size of the State of Colima— works with some 600 indigenous communities and has three Jesuit communities: one in La Arena – which works with Tseltal, Tojolabal, Tsotsil and Ch'ol communities-, one in San Cristobal de las Casas – with mostly Tsotsiles – and another in Bachajon – with Tseltales and Ch'ol. These missions promote the indigenous Church, the formation of catechists, community organization, human rights defense, community accompaniment, and the administration of the sacraments.
The Tarahumara Mission. The Jesuit mission in the Tarahumara region works primarily with the Rarámuri indigenous community, but also has contact with other minority groups, such as Rarómaris and Tepehuanes. The Jesuits' plan of action consists of approaching indigenous culture with respect and strengthening it through the conservation of their languages, festivities, and traditional customs.
Miguel Agustin Pro Human Rights Center. The center provides consulting and accompaniment for Human Rights defense initiatives in Mexico City. The Jesuits also have the Human Rights Center of Tabasco, in Villahermosa, Tabasco, and the Indigenous Rights Center in Chilón, Chiapas.
Jesuit Migrant Service, Mexico (SJM/MEX). A non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization that works to support migrant workers and their families in their communities of origin, on the road and at their final destination, through the generation of self-managed, self-sustaining projects articulated in networks. Another objective is to wield political and social influence in order to significantly improve their living conditions and reduce their levels of vulnerability. The SJM/MEX headquarters are located in Mexico City, and the Service also works directly in 17 municipalities of southern Veracruz.
Cultural and Educational Promotion. A non-governmental organization that accompanies grass-roots education, promotion and organization processes among indigenous communities of central and southern Mexico, and among workers from the most industrialized areas of the country.
The Mexican Labor Center (CELAMEX) is a spiritual support and human development center for workers. Its mission consists of promoting and enabling the development of people, communities, organizations, social projects and institutions by providing psychotherapeutic and spiritual formation and accompaniment.
Jesuit Migrant Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Jesuit Refugee Service (SJR, in its initials in Spanish) is an international Catholic organization that operates in over 50 countries around the world. Its mission consists of accompanying, serving and defending displaced persons, refugees, human trafficking victims. This mission includes supporting groups who have had to flee their homes due to conflicts, natural disasters, or human rights violations. http://sjrlac.org