The ELCA’s director for AMMPARO, Ms. Mary Campbell, will be at Prince of Peace on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. to describe the work the church does through AMMPARO, in synods and through congregations like ours. Come to listen and learn how we can help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. 

AMMPARO—The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The acronym AMMPARO refers to the ELCA’s strategy for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities.

AMMPARO was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.