CRISPAZ is an ecumenical faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries through mutual accompaniment.

CRISPAZ strives for peace, justice, and human liberation. As an organization, we are politically non-partisan and committed to nonviolence.

CRISPAZ Delegations – El Salvador e-Encounter

El Salvador e-Encounter

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, CRISPAZ’s Encounter Program has had to shift from our traditional in-person delegation program and move to a new e-Learning modality with our Virtual Delegation Experience or CRISPAZ El Salvador e-Encounter and Workshop programs.

For 36 years the El Salvador Encounter Program has provided faith-based delegation experiences where participants learn from the Salvadoran people about their lives, histories, and hopes for the future.

A major focus of the encounter is to engage in the understanding of working for justice rather than just working for charity,  understanding one’s role as a global citizen, and humanizing the different issues that are present in our societies.

The focus of the El Salvador Encounter program is not only to develop a greater knowledge of El Salvador but to also develop an understanding of the people and build relationships

Media + Events

The Peter Hinde CRISPAZ Peace Award 2021

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the Casa de la Solidaridad (usually referred to simply as "Casa") will receive the Peter Hinde CRISPAZ Peace Award 2021 for its work in solidarity with Salvadoran communities from 1999 to 2017. Trena & Kevin Yonkers-Talz, who were the co-directors of Casa, will receive the award on behalf of the program.

2020 CRISPAZ Peace Award Honorees.

Sr. Betty Campbell and Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm will be honored with the 2020 CRISPAZ Peace Award.   This year’s award ceremony will held virtually on November 17, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST.  Link to virtual event will be available here on our website on the day of the event.  

Building relationships in El Salvador

Mei Lin McElhill ’20 reflects on the ISP trip to El Salvador and how it challenged her to be immersed in another culture and to be open to learning. "I am ruined!" On May 31, I – along with 13 amazing people from the University – had the privilege of traveling to El Salvador for a journey that would leave me speechless and ruined (in a good way)....

Mission Moment – Canisius College

The Office of Campus Ministry offered a new immersion experience this May to explore the realities, causes, and effects of migration. A 10-person delegation, led by Associate Campus Minister Kaitlyn Buehlmann ’14, along with President John Hurley and his wife, Maureen, began their immersion in El Salvador, learning about the root causes and...

My View: Lessons in compassion on a trip to El Salvador

By John J. Hurley Man’s inhumanity to man is a recurrent theme in literature and sadly, in real life. From the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible to the present day atrocities in Syria, humans continue to exhibit an astonishing depravity when it comes to their fellow man. I recalled this unfortunate theme recently as my wife and I accompanied...

Catholic Outlook Online Magazine: Students gain new perspective on border issues.

Ohio voters may have favored a more restricted approach to immigrations in 2016, but for 17 students from John Carroll University in Cleveland, change may be coming. A campus ministry mission called "Crossing Borders for Justice - El Salvador Encounter 2019" (it is actually a CRISPAZ program) stopped in the pastoral center offices at the Diocese...

El Salvador immersion an eye-opener for Mt. Lebanon resident

Access to the Internet, as you might imagine, is somewhat limited in El Salvador. And so a group of John Carroll University students visiting the tiny Central American nation in early January were lacking their usual lines of communication, and as such were unaware of the latest happenings back home. “We saw a newspaper as we were in the grocery...

The University of Scranton Presents Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award to CRISPAZ

The University presented its 2017 Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry to CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). The faith-based organization serves poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador, protects families from violence and turmoil and also hosts more than two dozen groups...

A Reflection by Riley Weber

The organization Christians for Peace in El Salvador, or CRISPAZ, hosted me and ten other University of Dayton students for one week in January, 2015. Throughout this week my peers and I experienced the daily routines of those living in the fast-paced atmosphere of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, as well as the town of San Jose Los...

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Donate to CRISPAZ and your gift will allow us to continue our mission of facilitating global relationships and promoting Peace and Social Justice

CRISPAZ’s work in solidarity with the people of El Salvador depends on offerings of free will from peacemakers of all religions and none.




🇺🇸USA Office:
808 Brookhill Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40223
(502) 592-5295

🇸🇻 El Salvador Office:
Apdo. Postal 2944
Centro de Gobierno
San Salvador
(503) 2225 9031

CRISPAZ is a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Church of the Poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries through mutual accompaniment.

CRISPAZ was founded in 1984 and is a lay-led 501(c)(3) organization.