West moved to New York in 2015 after living and working for 20 years on the U.S.-Mexico border, where he founded Project Puente to do educational work along the border and Casa Puente, a hospitality house which serves the needs of interns and volunteers working in the non-profit sector in El Paso. Prior to this West served as a Lay Missioner with Maryknoll, living and working for eight years in Venezuela. He has a Masters degree in Religious Education from Seattle University. He received the 'Border Heroes' award from Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas for his years of working for justice and advocating for immigrant’s rights along the U.S.- Mexico border. Before joining Rural Migrant Ministry he was an intern at the Community of Living Traditions at the Stony Point Center, an intentional community of Christians, Jews and Muslims, working for social justice through the practice of non-violence. West loves to bicycle and hike and is the proud father of three daughters, Sara, Maura and Julia and two granddaughters, Olivia and Ariela.

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