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An asylum family (identities protected) poses with their new van and Julio Salazar of Auto Angels. The van was purchased by a generous ABQFW donor.

November, 2021. Asylum seekers relocating to Albuquerque face many struggles such as recoveries from trauma; cultural adjustments; and finding housing, education and work. Navigating the expansive city to get to school and work adds only one more challenge to overcome.

Recently, an anonymous ABQFW supporter learned that this was where they could have a positive impact on the lives of an ABFW asylum family. Purchasing a vehicle through Auto Angels NM, the donor contributed the much-needed van that now provides transportation for the family.

"I think I don't have many words to describe th[e] whole amount of gratitude we have," said the new owners. "You make this world a better place for many people. Thank you for being inspire us to be more caring human beings."

This caring-in-action is an example of how ABQ FaithWorks's partners and supporters come together to welcome strangers into community. Support can be made today with financial donations (here), or by donating a vehicle (here).

More than forty members from the ABQFW's congregational collaborative met Tuesday evening, November 9th, 2021, for a personalized tour of the "Americans and the Holocaust" exhibit at the Loma Colorado Library in Rio Rancho.

The library exhibition, on tour from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, is one of only 50 in the country and the only one in New Mexico. It details challenging American assumptions and actions (inaction) during this tragic moment in history when more than 6,000,000 Jews were murdered.

The ABQFW's contingent was asked to reflect on historical comparisons with what Americans knew then and how America responded, to what Americans know today and what are today's responses to asylum seekers, refugees and immigration. These reflections and the educational night were part of ongoing learning opportunities made available to members of ABQFW's congregations and supporters. The interactive experiences are intended to inform faith in action as the collaborative works with asylum seekers and people experiencing homelessness so that all people are safely housed and integrated into healthy communities.

The exhibit is open through Saturday, November 13, 2021. Learn more and visit the exhibit: Museum Exhibit: Americans and the Holocaust | The Official Site of Rio Rancho, NM (

On Saturday, October 17, 2021, sixty representatives from five border welcoming regions--including ABQ FaithWorks--staged a virtual walkout from a meeting with the Biden Administration in protest of the Administration's borderland policy.

The policy known as "Remain in Mexico" (Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP), and its counterpart Title 42, was implemented under former President Trump. Courts have ruled that President Biden must continue it, but on Saturday the non-governmental organizations countered that the policy is inhumane and that the Administration has not done enough to mitigate the policy, nor has it utilized other available legal means to fight the policy.

Read the full statement here.

“The right to seek asylum must be restored and the egregious and dangerous policies that deny this right must be rescinded," said ABQ FaithWorks Asylum Director Jessica Corley. "We will continue to push back against this Administration until they do the right thing. MPP and Title 42 must end now.”

News agencies quickly picked up on the meeting's protest action. You can read the Politico article here and the Buzzfeed article here.