Hugo Castro is My Friend, my compadre and a true Border Angel.

Help with Hugo’s medical care here

Hugo Castro is my friend, my compadre and a true Border Angel. He was born in Salinas California 45 years ago and has dedicated his life in service to others. He is a father with three older children and recently (one year ago) he honored me by asking me to be the God Father of his and his partner Gaba’s son Gael and I watched his joy as Padre Alejandro Solalinde (Mexico’s National Human Rights recipient 2012) baptized him in a beautiful humble ceremony in Tijuana.  When people preach the “golden rule” love your neighbor, Hugo lives it every day. Hugo, joined Border Angels 12 years ago and leads our “SOS migrante” program (outreach and support of Hatian, Central American, Mexican refugees currently in Baja California ) He like many of us, turned his life around, when he saw the plight and suffering of the migrants as they struggled to better their lives crossing national and international borders looking for a life. Hugo, always living the Border Angels mission statement, when I was hungry did you give me to eat, thirsty did you give me to drink (Mathew 25:35} On Saturday April 8, our lives all changed as I drove Hugo to Tijuana and he said good bye and left to join a pro migrant “via crucis” caravan from Mexico’s Southern Border to Baja California in support of refugees dignity, respect and human rights. Border Angels has a long history with caravans as we led 10 international “marcha migrantes” starting in February of 2006 which helped spark the national marches of the immigrant spring that same year. Hugo has been by my side on our “marcha migrantes” and for the last 3 years we have joined other caravans in support of their actions and that is why Hugo suggested we join “via crucis”, he volunteered to shuttle a car from Sonora to Mexico City to help prepare for the caravan. All seemed normal the first few days till that haunting facebook video (4/13) from the side of a road in Puebla, where Hugo pleads for help as he states his life is in danger, he has been seperated from the caravan and that his life has been threatened as has happened to him on previous occasions, but now we see it live from just outside of Mexico City,  “necesito ayuda” help me. The next day a mysterious phone call from a taxi in Mexico City, then, silence, no contact, vanished. Gaba flies down to Mexico City to meet with the PGR, Mexico’s office of Attorney General.  Tuesday (4/18) Hugo, found alive but in delicate health, his situation critcal. Hugo is hospitalized, love & concern comes in from all over the world, Hugo begins his long recovery and is currently under medical care at an undisclosed location. On behalf of the Castro and Border Angels family, thanks to all on both sides of the border that have helped Hugo, (a go fund me page has been set up by his family to help cover medical costs, it can be found on border angels web site). Special thanks for respecting Hugo and his families privacy during these challenging times, we still, do not know circumstances of Hugo’s terrible ordeal, only that he was found, is alive and recovering. We will advise more details in future, now the priority is Hugo and his families health. Love has no borders.  This coming Sunday, April 30, noon, Border Angels will again “open the door of hope” @ friendship park, as chidren hug parents in celebration of Mexico’s childrens day. Love, si se puede…Gracias y Dios los bendiga
Enrique Morones,
Native San Diegan
Executive Director/Founder Border Angels &
Mexico’s National Human Rights recipient 2009