Alianza America Kicks off 2017 Speaking Tour to Shed Light on Violence Against Central American Women

Honduran Women’s Rights Activist Neesa Medina to Highlight Epidemic Levels of Violence Against Women and Children

WASHINGTON, DC- Alianza Americas, CARECEN-DC and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda will hold a breakfast event as a part of Alianza America’s national speaking tour to raise awareness about the threats facing women and children who are fleeing Central America.  Honduras has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. One woman gets killed every 16 hours. Young people are also the targets, they are recruited into gangs and threatened if they do not join. Official records show that 95% of murders in these countries are not investigated.

These epidemic levels of violence have caused people to flee in record numbers and seek safety in the U.S. According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, more individuals sought asylum in the last 3 years from 2013-2015 than in the last 15 years combined. Since the beginning of this year, however, there have been reports from migrants and immigration advocates stating that migrants presenting themselves at the Mexico/US border as asylum seekers have been turned away. In January of this year, the American Immigration Council and seven other NGO’s filed a complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties protesting the “systemic denial of entry to asylum seekers.

Speaking Tour featuring Honduran Women’s Rights Activist Neesa Medina, as part of a broader educational initiative to inform and raise awareness about violence and insecurity in Central America and the ongoing exodus of young people, children and families from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

WHO: Alianza Americas, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and CARECEN-DC

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday April 27, 2017 Washington DC
Educational Breakfast Briefing with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and CARECEN-DC at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th, Washington, DC.

Women and children are facing alarming numbers of violence. The speaking tour aims to educate policy-makers, stakeholders and the general public about these issues and provide recommended policy changes required to assist asylum seekers and provide a safe-haven for women and young people seeking refuge in the United States.