May 4, 2015
The BorderLinks United States (BLUS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce a transition in leadership of the BorderLinks AsociaciónCivíl (BLAC) Board of Directors. BLAC is the bi-national board that was formedin the year of 1997 in order to oversee the property on which the good work of Hogar de Esparanza y Paz Associación (HEPAC) has taken place over the past 5 years. The BLAC structure is similar to a US non-profit board of directors.
In order to reflect our shared values of dignity, autonomy and mutually respectful relationship in international partnership, on April 21, 2015, three new associates and three new members of the BLAC board were elected, creating a board of seven, which includes HEPAC Program Director Jeannette Pazos. All but one member of the new BLAC Board are Mexican citizens. BLUS feels strongly that this action represents the very best of our efforts to put into practice our values of dignity, fairness, equality and integrity on the border.
To clarify some questions we have received from concerned individuals in the U.S., Neither BLUS or BLAC has taken any action to evict HEPAC from the BLAC property. The new BLAC Board of Directors has asked two non-staff individuals who were living on the BLAC property without legal agreement or rent to leave by May 1, 2015.
Members of the BLAC Board of Directors have informed BLUSthat they are excited to continue supporting the work and needs that the local community have identified as a priority in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, which includes the Food Security Program for Children. BLAC has expressed interest in working with the most vulnerable communities: children, women, men, migrants, youth and families. The BLUS Board anticipates ongoing partnership and service with HEPAC and BLAC in Nogales, Sonora.
Should you have additional questions about BLAC and HEPAC, please contact the president of the BLAC Board of Directors Alma Angelina (Lika) Macias Mejia, firstname.lastname@example.org The BLAC board members are:
Alma Angelina (Lika) MaciasMejia, President
Luz Irene ChavarinDominguez, Vice-President
Ana Delia ChavarinDominguez, Treasurer
Rosa Maria Robles Tasabia, Secretary
Maria Esther Torres Robles
Both boards would like to thank the three long-time Associate/Trustees who resigned from the BLAC board this month after many years of service. They are Ken Kennon, Delle McCormick, and Cecilia Guzman. The four Associate/Trustees on the BLAC board are now: Alma Angelina (Lika) Macias Mejia, Luz Irene Chavarin Dominguez, Rosa Maria Robles Tasabia and Ana Delia Chavarin.
BLUS approaches this new chapter in our bi-national partnership with BLAC with humility, anticipation and great hope.
Thank you for your support of BLUS, BLAC and HEPAC and most of all, thank you for your passion for justice in the borderlands.
Josefina Ahumada Fernanda Morillon
BorderLinks US BorderLinks US
Board Co-President Executive Director
Laura Folkwein Board Co-President
Maria Cabrera-Ochoa Vice-President
David Coatsworth Treasurer
Kenneth Kennon Secretary
Emrys Staton Board member
Miriam Davidson Board member
Pat Manning Board member
Dan Millis Board member