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Casa Marianella opened its doors on January 6, 1986. The Austin Interfaith Task Force for Central America initiated the project in response to the arrival in Austin of refugees fleeing from Central America. Marianella Garcia Villas, for whom the house is named, was a human rights lawyer in El Salvador who was slain by death squads in 1983. The actual building used as the Casa was donated by developer Ed Wendler to the Diocese of Austin for use as a shelter. As the wars in Central America began
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