Alianza Americas Grieves and Condemns the Murder of Two Jesuit Priests in Chihuahua, Mexico

On June 20, Javier Campos Morales, S.J. and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, S.J., were murdered inside a church in Cerocahui, Chihuahua. Both had a long history of committed work in accompanying the community, and defending human rights and the right to a dignified life; it was the guiding force behind their life’s work. The member organizations of Alianza Americas express their condemnation and pain in the face of these violent acts, which are grievous for the community of Cerocahui and the Mexican people. We express our solidarity and support for the Jesuit community at this time.


We call for prompt and effective justice in the face of these killings; in this case, this will involve recovering the bodies of the victims that were stolen by the perpetrators of the crime. Likewise, we demand that relevant Mexican authorities (both state and federal) immediately take all necessary actions to protect the Cerocahui community. Unfortunately, these violent acts are part of a pattern of violence plaguing Mexico, which local, state, and federal authorities have not been able to confront and control.


Beyond the response of public authorities, it is also necessary to respond to the conditions and contexts driving violence in Mexico. We recognize the dimension of this challenge, and we are concerned that actions are not being taken to preserve the life, liberty, and dignity of people in Mexico. We will continue to work and advocate against inequities, for the deepening of democracy, and for pushing narratives and uplifting voices in favor of life, liberty, and well-being of all people in Mexico.


The Alianza Americas coalition is: 

America Para Todos 

Access Living / Cambiando Vidas

Association of Guatemalans Without Frontiers (Asociación de Guatemaltecos Sin Fronteras)

Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition

Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)

Arkansas United 

ASOSAL (Association of Salvadorans in Los Angeles – Asociación de Salvadoreños de Los Angeles)


CARECEN-San Francisco

CARECEN-Los Angeles 

Casa de la Cultura El Salvador

Casa Yurumein 

Center for Immigrant Progress 

Centro Presente 

Centro Romero

Centro San Bonifacio 

CIELO (Indigenous Communities in Leadership – Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo

Womens’ Transnational Collective (Colectivo de Mujeres Transnacionales)


CRLN – Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

Diáspora Hondureña Internacional (DHI)

Dominican Development Center

Durango Unido en Chicago 

Familias Unidas en Acción 

Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)

Hondurans Against Aids 

Illinois Workers in Action

Latinas en Poder

Latino Commission on AIDS

Latino Policy Forum


Living Hope Wheelchair Association 

Mission Guatemala

Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLA)

ONECA (Black Central American Organization – Organizacion Negra Centroamericana)

Network of Transnational Peoples (Red de Pueblos Transnacionales)

Mexican Network of Leaders and Migrant Organizations (Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones de Migrantes)

Rural Women’s Health Project

Seeds of Resistance

Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN)

St Brigid’s Casa Mary Johanna

Strangers No Longer 

Telpochacalli Community Education Project 

Tennessee Immigrant Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

WIN! The Welcome Immigrant Network

United for a Fair Economy

We Count!

Wind of the Spirit

Women Working Together

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