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Las Patronas Celebrate 20 Years of Service

This February 14, the collective of women known as “Las Patronas” celebrate 20 years of service to migrants on their way north to the United States.

The migrants often travel atop freight trains with ominous nicknames such as “El tren de la muerte,” La bestia,” and “El tren de los desconocidos.” Most of them coming from Central American countries where US-backed wars and coup d’etats have forced many to emigrate.

As they attest in this short doc, what were once trains full of men are now packed with pregnant women and entire families, including young children.

Check out this short doc and help celebrate their 20 years of remarkable contributions to the lives of thousands. A salute to Las Patronas!

Video via Deborah Bonello, Global Post