Por La Vida
Solidarity with Women in Honduras
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...
UUCSJ is in conversation with our partners to map out our next Honduras journey. Visit the link below to be notified when journeys have been organized.
Our Honduras journey grew from UUSC’s commitment to Central American migrant justice, and connects with key human rights partners in the country. We have been inspired by the unique way feminist groups in Honduras have 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 returned home.
**Please note: The information below is in reference to our Honduras delegation in late 2018; some information may change for 2020.
Why travel to Honduras?
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?
Where will we stay?
Our program begins and ends in the northern town of San Pedro Sula. We will be based in the nearby town of El Progreso, where we will be hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame in basic, comfortable rooms with two to four beds per room. Meals are simple and healthy, and we will have access to purified water at all times. Our itinerary will not be finalized until early November, but we are likely to also visit partner groups and programs in the region of Bajo Aguan, the Garifuna communities on the Atlantic coast, and the town of Santa Barbara.
Are there concerns about safety?
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.