GNRC–Mexico was launched on 24th May 2018, a day before the meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. World Vision hosted the meeting attended by a group of faith based organizations, including the Methodist Church, the Anglican Church, the Theological Community of Mexico, the Methodist Church, the Scalabrinian Mission for Migrants and Refugees and the Zen Buddhist Community. GNRC chaired the meeting through her Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli. Participants discussed the opportunity of building a GNRC network in Mexico. During her presentation, Ms. Mazzarelli presented Arigatou International and her initiatives, with more focus on GNRC’s priorities and the follow-up to the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children reached at the GNRC 5th Forum in May 2017.
Representatives from the faith based organizations expressed their interest in establishing and becoming members of the network. Their first task as GNRC members was to follow-up the outcomes of the first Meeting of Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents to be held on 25th May 2018.
Members chose Ms. Silvia Correa, from World Vision Mexico, to be the interim coordinator with the task of leading the network. Ms. Mazzarelli formally launched the network during the first Meeting of Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents and invited other faith-based organizations to join the GNRC network in Mexico.