What is “La 72”?

La 72 Home and Refuge for migrants is a project of the Franciscan Province of Southwest Mexico and focuses primarily on protecting migrants’ human rights and offering humanitarian assistance as they travel through Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico, one of the  most conflictive and dangerous areas along the migratory route towards the United States.  La “72” is named in honor of the 72 migrants that were murdered august 24, 2010 in San Fernando Tamaulipas.

The humanitarian work of the Franciscan community in Tenosique was launched at the end of the 20th century when the Christ Crucified Parish opened its doors to provide hospitality and nourishment to migrant people In order to address the pressure inherent in the flow of migrants through the area, the shelter was moved from the parish to its current location, next to the railroad tracks. Thus on the 25th of April of 2011, La 72 Home and Refuge was established and was named in honor of the 72 migrants who were assassinated on August 23, 2010 in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. La 72 was converted into a full-service migrant center led and directed by Friar Tomás González Castillo. Since the end of  2014, La 72 was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization (asociacion civil), officially called “”Pies Descalzos A.C.”

The leaders and participants of La 72 refuse to accept the deaths of the 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas and for this reason from this poor and forgotten corner of the world, a cry and a demand issues forth to the Mexican government to halt this migratory holocaust.

La 72 is not just housing and shelter; it is a true home where the migrants can rest, heal their wounds, eat, sleep, be heard and consoled and receive spiritual and pastoral care, and access legal guidance and representation.

La 72 refuses to refer to our guests as just “migrants.” They are human beings, people who are in transit because of a injust and inhumane system that forces them to leave their homes.

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Humanitarian Assistance. Health care, counseling and case management, internet access, food, rest and shelter, as well as clothing and other necessary items are offered to each person.

Human Rights: All guests are offered human rights education and information, as well as legal and humanitarian assistance for accessing asylum and residency status in Mexico.

Structural Change: La 72 works to change migration policies in order to guarantee all migrants safe passage in Mexico. This includes advocacy at the national level, establishing effective partnerships with the local population, and human rights education and outreach to border communities.


La 72 depends on donations to continue helping migrants. These donations can be monetary or provisions for the house.

Financial donations from supporters in the USA are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law in thanks to our fiscal sponsor, the Central American Martyrs Center/Su Casa Catholic Worker Community in Chicago, IL, FEIN 36-3731936. Please visit the Su Casa website at www.sucasacw.org/donate/ and note “La72” in your Paypal form (this is critical!).  Su Casa provides this service as an extension of its mission.  If you would rather send a check, please mail it to:

Su Casa Catholic Worker Community
Attn: La72/Lori Winther
5045 S. Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60609.

The check should be made out to: Central American Martyrs Center/Su Casa, and write “La 72” in the memo space.

For all other donations, please use our CONTACTO form. We will help you find the best way to channel your contribution to La 72.