Protect their Journey #GirlsWhoMigrate

by Fondo Semillas
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Protect their Journey #GirlsWhoMigrate
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Protect their Journey #GirlsWhoMigrate
Protect their Journey #GirlsWhoMigrate
Protect their Journey #GirlsWhoMigrate
Espacio Migrante
Espacio Migrante

We are very grateful for the support you provide to this project. Your contributions allow us to continue funding organizations that work to benefit women and girls who migrate. Thanks to you, the groups are able to continue their accompaniment, training, and advocacy projects.

Below, we share some of the progress of the organization's work:

In terms of training, Initiatives for Human Development (IDEHU) implemented workshops with 106 girls, boys, and adolescents from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia on issues of access to rights and psychological first aid. This training provides them with the tools to know how to act when immediately facing violations of their rights.

The organization IMUMI gave workshops to 56 children and adolescents with workbooks such as “We are brave travelers” and “Diary of brave travelers”. The workbooks were translated into Creole, the language spoken by the Haitian population so that they could access the information in their own language. 

Another important area for these organizations is the services they offer to the community. In the last period, many organizations have been able to increase their service provision to migrant girls. These services are completely free of charge and include accommodation per day and/or shelter, food, access to mobile devices with which they can communicate with their families in their cities of origin, access to menstrual hygiene items, educational and cultural activities, health consultations and comprehensive accompaniment that includes aid processing identity documents and emotional support. An example of this is Espacio Migrante, an organization that carries out play and recreational activities with a feminist perspective for migrant girls.

Likewise, some organizations have managed to influence public policies in favor of migrant girls. A great achievement is that of IMUMI and FOCA, organizations that stopped the detention of girls in migration detention centers. This is thanks to their work raising awareness among public servants, creating spaces for discussion between civil society and government, as well as monitoring state actions and proposals for collaboration.

This year has not been easy, but we are very grateful for your constant participation. This would never be possible without you.

Colectiva Mapas
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Girls circle. Espacio Migrante.
Girls circle. Espacio Migrante.

 

We are truly grateful for the support you continue to give us. Your contribution allows us to continue financing the organization's work with migrant women and girls.

Today, the work of the organizations has consolidated the path towards respect for the rights of the migrant population. There are currently more than 12,000 girls, women, and trans women who have increased their knowledge of their rights and carried out actions to become promoters of social change.

The organizations have reached these achievements by providing workshops and accompaniments, where the benefited populations acquire tools to strengthen their life projects, defend their rights, and be more autonomous.

A good example of this is the work carried out by MAPAS with farm laborer families. They locate and accompany girls and adolescents in the creation of spaces for collective reflection, artistic activities, film screenings, cultural festivals, meetings, and assemblies and provide legal and psycho-emotional support in cases of sexual violence.

On the other hand, Espacio Migrante coordinates a circle of girls, who organize and create content for the "Cipoteca", a blog where they can share reflections, photos, thoughts, and feelings to promote their freedom and raise their voices about their wishes and disagreements with the society.

In addition, to offering different services to their population, the organizations work to strongly influence public and private institutions to change their practices in favor of the rights of migrant girls and women. The group of girls and women with whom MAPAS works asked the authorities to improve the conditions of the shelter and obtained a commitment from the authorities to attend to their needs.

Another organization, IMUMI, is working to socialize a change in the guidelines of the national education law, agreement 286 on education, which establishes that any girl, boy, or adolescent can enroll in school without needing an identity document. The objective is to socialize it with schools, educational spaces, and the migrant population.

Another important aspect in which organizations work is raising awareness through traditional media and social media. In total, the organizations have published or posted 1,296 messages on girls, women´s, and migrant women's rights. 

Thanks again to all the people that keep supporting Fondo Semillas. Together we can continue to build different realities for more girls and women. 

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Women of the southern border
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The organizations continue to strengthen girls’ and women’s[1] knowledge of their own rights. This is critical because it positions them as agents of change in their respective communities. 

For example, Dreamers Moms has conducted workshops on the visa process; Co-libres provides training on the right to seek asylum; Proyecto Taika promotes awareness-raising activities among migrant children and adolescents in shelters; and, through its project “Girls at the microphone,” the MAPAS collective implements workshops among girls and adolescents from day laborer, migrant, and indigenous families to empower their voices.

In addition to the workshops, the beneficiary organizations continue to provide legal accompaniment for family reunification procedures, immigration regularization, shelter, and emotional support, among others. One of their main follow-up topics has been the COVID-19 vaccination for migrants, as well as dignified menstrual processes for girls and young women.

Regarding issues related to technology, Co-libres launched an application called “SoroApp.” This tool can be used by female defenders and migrants to access accurate information for their movements. There are already women who have used the app and it has worked for them.

Sofia, a young Salvadoran woman, is in the process of applying for asylum and has been accompanied to strengthen her knowledge and confidence about her right to asylum. She has also used the application. “We learned that we, as companions and migrants, have rights and now we have an app to help us. With it we will be able to guide ourselves, we are looking for a route and we are going north until we reach Tijuana".

The progress has also been reflected in advocacy issues with justice institutions. The MAPAS Collective has advocated for various government agencies to change their macho practices and attitudes towards victims of violence to guarantee the girls’ and women’s[2] rights. The authorities now pay more attention to victims’ needs and work ethically on their behalf.

Thank you to all who continue to be a part of this community and help us keep supporting organizations that work with girls, adolescents, and women in situations of mobility. Without your help, these advances would not be possible.

 

[1] Both cis and transgender women

[2] Both cis and transgender women

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Workshop by Las Vanders
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In recent months, the conditions of individuals who continue to arrive in Mexico from Central America in search of a better life have been highly visibilized. This, together with the increased migration flow from the Middle East due to the situation in Afghanistan, has made the work of many organizations dedicated to migration more difficult. Some have continued their efforts to reunify families along the Mexico-US border, although bureaucratic processes have been delayed due to the pandemic. The new government in Mexico is expected to facilitate these processes, but civil society organizations (CSOs) are still struggling with a slow-moving and inefficient bureaucracy.

The situations described have undoubtedly represented new challenges for our partner organizations who use their experience and networks to continue to help girls, women, and youth in transit through Mexico.

This quarter, the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI) has carried out various judicial and legal support activities with the migrant population. Such activities have included accompanying the legal process of a one-year-old baby born in Mexico to a Honduran mother so that the mom could receive official documentation, and channeling a 13-year-old Honduran trans adolescent – a victim of violence and sexual assault – to the proper services. Support was also provided to a 17-year-old Honduran teenager who fled the country due to organized crime and seeks to reunite with her mother in the United States.

IMUMI has also provided psycho-emotional support to 8 people, and the organization is handling several litigation cases to permit migrant women to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

On its end, Dreamer’s Moms continues to aid migrant women with legal procedures for family reunification, in addition to offering training and workshops on migrants’ basic rights. More and more mothers are approaching Dreamer’s Moms. They seek access to legal counsel and psycho-emotional support that will help them in their fight for the right to visit their children while waiting to achieve family reunification in Mexico or the US.

Part of Fondo Semillas’ work is to promote and generate spaces for organizations to network and recently, both IMUMI and Dreamer’s Moms have partnered with Mujeres del Bajío. Together, they will hold the second forum with the Mexican Senate to promote the elimination of bureaucratic procedures that hinder dual citizenship for foreign-born infants.

Together, these organizations have worked on developing messages for the media and have shared experiences of workshops promoting the rights of migrant girls and women, such as ‘U Visa’ workshops.

As always, Fondo Semillas thanks you for your support and hopes that this coming year, we can together continue to work towards the full rights of girls and women in Mexico.

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MAPAS Collective.
MAPAS Collective.

Dear supporters, 

The current context of migration in Mexico, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has undoubtedly increased migrants’ lack of rights and their ability to exercise said civil liberties. Migration flows from Central America to Mexico remain strong despite the fact that neither the minimum nor decent health conditions are provided for this population. Migrant girls, boys, and adolescents continue to be sent to shelters and separated from their families.

Additionally, the situation has become more complex due to recent floods along Mexico’s southern border. Many families have been left homeless and are now exposed to greater health risks, including COVID-19 and water-borne diseases.

Fondo Semillas has financed two organizations in the south of the country using our Rapid Response Fund, which was designed to address emergency situations. Activities include setting up community kitchens, reconstructing damaged homes, and actions to clean and disinfect the affected areas, among others.

Via their activities, all of the migration-related organizations supported by Fondo Semillas have increased the knowledge and exercise of 126 girls’ and 329 women’s rights.

Organizations such as “Las Vanders[1] exemplify the work that’s being done related to migrants’ rights since, every time they support a girl or woman, they also raise their awareness about access to their rights. In this sense, they are trying to strengthen their autonomous process so that these females feel empowered to demand their rights. At the same time, they are encouraged to become promoters within their communities.

This is Marcela’s testimony, a young Honduran who was once a part of Las Vanders’ accompaniment process and who now supports young people from her community so that they can improve their lives: “We’re all the same. Physical appearance doesn’t matter, because in birth and in death, each and every one of use arrives without prejudice or material possessions.”

These awareness-raising processes have also been made possible thanks to greater media coverage of our partner organizations’ work. Las Vanders began and disseminated the campaign: A-bordando la violencia contra todas las mujeres.[2]This led to newspaper and television coverage, including important reflections on activism, migration, and artistic practices.[3]

The MAPAS Collective,[4] through its project Niñas al micrófono,[5] has promoted workshops on the histories of girls and adolescents from families of day laborers, migrants, and indigenous families through recreational activities, exercise, reflection on their human rights, and reaffirmation of their identity.

Their support work for literacy learning processes has had great results, as in the case of Ana, a 10-year-old girl who stopped going to school due to the pandemic and her family’s constant migration. The MAPAS Collective shared that, “Since she [Ana] began her education process, her desire to learn is noticeable and reflected in the sparkle of her eyes and in her smile. Today, her mother wants her daughter to continue studying no matter what.”

Fondo Semillas is very grateful for your contribution, which allows us to continue supporting organizations that work with people on the move. We do this not only via donations and financial backing, but also through opportunities for articulation and collaboration with networks that allow for the exchange of knowledge, learnings, and experiences that strengthen collective work.

 

 

[1] A civil society organization (CSO) that provides legal support to migrant women and their children in addition to strengthening knowledge about the exercise of their rights through art and creative processes.

[2]The name of the campaign is a play on words in Spanish. Abordar means “to address,” “to tackle,” or “to deal with,” and bordar means “to embroider.” Thus, the campaign is referring to Tackling Violence against Women through Embroidery.

[3]https://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/bordan-contra-la-violencia-describen-en-cuatro-talleres-la-problematica/1420682; https://rebelion.org/activismo-tambien-es-pasarla-bien/; https://desinformemonos.org/organizaciones-repudian-brutal-represion-contra-caravana-migrante-en-mexico/.

[4] An organization of human rights defenders who work with migrant and indigenous girls and adolescents and their families.

[5]Girls to the Microphone.

MAPAS Collective.
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