Joy is the watchword as family members gather at the Church of Scientology

The Church of Scientology in the Valley hosted a very special family reunion hosted by Los Angeles-based community leaders and the Governor of Oaxaca.

Promoting Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Right to Marriage and Family

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA, Sept. 12, 2022 / — Imagine the excitement when 680 family members, some of whom have been separated for 20-25 years, see each other for the first time at a meeting at the Church of Scientology of the Valley, thanks to the advocacy of two Los Angeles-based community leaders.

A marching band sounded welcome as family members entered the chapel of the Church of Scientology. The special celebration brought together parents who were seeing their children for the first time in many years. The children who had never met their grandmothers and grandfathers could not contain their excitement.

The meeting was organized by community leaders and human rights defenders Fidel Gomez and Daniel Gustavo Santago, both immigrants from Oaxaca, in coordination with Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinoyosa.

“I haven’t seen my children for 23 years,” said one of the grandmothers.

“I feel reborn,” said a man who hadn’t seen his parents in 18 years. “I’ve been waiting for this moment.”

The program that brought these grandparents to Los Angeles has reunited more than 1,300 Oaxacans with their Los Angeles-based families since the program began in 2017. And their visas allow them to travel back and forth to the United States for family visits for the next 10 years.

The Church of Scientology in the Valley works with community leaders and groups throughout greater Los Angeles to address issues and meet the needs of those who live in this multicultural megalopolis. LA County is the most populous county in America. It is home to people from over 140 countries who speak over 200 languages. An estimated 350,000 Oaxacan natives live in California, of which 180,000 live in Southern California.

But the importance of the family is common to all. And the Church of Scientology Valley, located at 11455 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood, was thrilled to support such a positive message and activity.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists are deeply committed to human rights and sponsor United for Human Rights, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two of the 30 articles of the Declaration are particularly relevant in the celebration of these family reunions:

* Article 13: The right to circulate

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including their own, and to return to their country.

* Article 16: The right to marriage and family

The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society and is entitled to the protection of society and the state.

Serving a growing community of Scientologists in North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley since its March 2017 dedication by the Ecclesiastical Leader of Scientology, Mr. David Miscavige, the Church of Scientology in the Valley has become a place of meeting cooperative efforts to uplift people from all walks of life. of life, origins and confessions.

The Church of Scientology in the Valley is featured in an episode of Destination Scientology on the Scientology Network, available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streaming on, mobile apps and through Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has grown to over 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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