There's a surge of migrants at our southern border, and increasingly they are women. Why? Honduras, where I spent time recently, is one of the deadliest places in the world for women. It's a society controlled by criminals, where the government does virtually nothing to protect women from murder and mayhem, and is sometimes even the predator.
In the U.S., we must fight to preserve a vulnerable woman's right to ask for asylum because women are fleeing domestic violence, something under attack right now. We must push to preserve U.S. aid--not cut it off--especially aid used to try and lower the violence and impunity women face.
And in Honduras, we must help the brave women in the three groups I wrote about in my recent New York Times opinion piece
who fight every day to protect women from harm, teach them their rights, and help them defend themselves from harm. Many readers of my New York Times piece asked: how can I help the groups you wrote about in Choloma, Honduras? So I've set up this gofundme page. The money will be split between the three amazing groups I write about: MOMUCLAA, CODEMUH and APOMUH. These women operate as volunteers on a shoestring budget. Let's help them help women in Choloma, Honduras, so these women don't have to flee to the north. Give whatever you can--$10 or $100--or more if you are able. These groups are not incorporated nonprofits, and there's no easy way to donate money to them directly. But through this campaign, I pledge to provide total transparency showing that the money you donate went to the three groups. Thank you!
--Sonia Nazario, Author, Enrique's Journey, Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/05/opinion/honduras-women-murders.html
Part of the leadership of MOMUCLAA, The Women’s Movement of the Neighborhood of López Arellano and Surroundings, including, at the top upper left, Virginia Marta Velásquez, the group's founder.
Zoila Lagos, founder of APOMUH, The Association of Mutual Support Between Women in Honduras. Photograph by Victor J. Blue
Maria Luisa Regalado, founder of CODEMUH, the Honduran Women's Collective.