Por La Vida
Solidarity with Women in Honduras
-Next Journey: March 5-11, 2020
Join us for a journey of accompaniment and solidarity in Honduras with our partner, Foro de Mujeres Por la Vida. We particularly invite feminists, immigrant rights organizers and religious leaders.
This partnership and journey grew from UUSC’s commitment to Central American migrant justice and connects with key human rights partners in Honduras. We are inspired by the unique way feminist groups come together to vision and fight for a more just future. Our journey is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of feminist leadership and vision, strengthen solidarity with our Honduran partners, awaken participants to some of the root causes of migration, and prepare participants for advocacy and accompaniment when they return home.
As a human rights delegation to Honduras from November 29 to December 6, 2018 that visited the community of Guapinól in the municipality of Tocoa, Bajo Aguán, we are deeply concerned about the recent police and military occupation occuring there. We have...
Why travel to Honduras?
The U.S. has a long history of intervention in Honduras, starting with US military support for land grabs by the United Fruit Company a century ago and continuing through the 2008 coup and US recognition of the military-supported governments that followed. US military support for the Honduras regime contributes to chronic human rights abuses and to the endemic violence that drives people from their homes to seek asylum.
Honduras is also home to women and men of extraordinary courage and determination, who speak out against the erosion of democracy, stand up for human rights, and resist the continued colonization of their land through mining, deforestation, and the construction of massive dams.
This program will deepen participants’ understanding of the root causes of migration; strengthen our sense of solidarity with feminist organizers who are leading the movements for women’s rights, climate justice, and human rights; and empower us to new levels of advocacy and action on our return home.
Who are our partner organizations?
In Honduras, we will be hosted by two UUSC Honduran partner organizations:
- Foro de Mujeres por la Vida is a coalition of feminist groups engaged in some of the most important justice struggles in their country
- Radio Progreso and its affiliate ERIC are part of a Jesuit center for reflection, research, and communications and have become a leading advocate for human rights in Honduras.
We will also meet with representatives of other organized communities resisting the environmental ravages of extractive mining and agriculture, working against the forces that displace people from their homes, and organizing for the rights of all people to live peacefully and with full democratic and human rights.
How much does this program cost?
The cost is $1200 per person. This includes all housing, food, translation, partner honoraria, and in-country transportation. It does NOT include round-trip airfare to San Pedro Sula. There is limited financial aid available on a needs basis.
Where will we stay?
Are there concerns about safety?
Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the region. Our itinerary is developed in close collaboration with Honduran partners, who are aware of risks and mindful to reduce them in every possible way. We will be lodged in secure locations and will not be traveling at night nor into the most isolated areas; being part of a group in itself provides some safety. We will not participate in demonstrations or knowingly enter situations that would put us at risk. Nevertheless, it is important to know that Honduras has high levels of crime, gang activity, and state-sanctioned repression. This is part of the daily reality lived by Hondurans, and contributes heavily to the continuous flow of people who can no longer live safely at home and who seek asylum elsewhere, including in the United States. This delegation is one of accompaniment, and we encourage participants to consider both the risks and the rewards of this form of activism.
What are the expectations for preparation and follow-up for this trip?
Some weeks before the program begins, you’ll be asked to engage with study materials that will help you understand the people and places we will visit, as well as the long history of US intervention in Honduras. On your return home, we hope you will find many ways to share your experience and all that you’ve learned with your community! We will support you with ideas and resources for action and advocacy.