The announcement was made March 7 during a regular meeting of the BWA executive committee in Falls Church, Va., according to a BWA press release.
Palacios is being recognized for his role in helping to negotiate peace in El Salvador during its 1980-92 civil war. During the conflict, Palacios’s life, along with those of other pastors and church leaders, was at constant risk. In 1989, he took refuge in the German Embassy and a United Nations safe house in San Salvador, the country’s capital, after being informed that he and several other clergy members and social leaders were on a government hit list. Six Jesuit priests were assassinated during the government’s repressive campaign.
Palacios played key roles in the Permanent Committee, leading the organization through one of the most turbulent periods in El Salvador’s modern history. He testified various times before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations on the situation in El Salvador and in 1990 was co-president of a peace conference relating to El Salvador in the Netherlands.
Ordained to the Christian ministry in 1985, Palacios served several Baptist congregations in El Salvador and Mexico City before assuming his current position at Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to his associate pastor duties at Calvary, he serves as missionary pastor for the church’s Latino community. Orginal news,Associated Baptist Press - Washington minister to receive BWA human rights award