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Las Patronas: Women and the Train of Death

One of our current MSW students, Cassandra Price, studied abroad in Mexico this past summer. She completed a class in Mexico City as well as a field placement in Chiapas throughout the summer.

For her study abroad class, taught by Dr. Maria Vidal de Hymes and Dr. Marta Lundy, students spent one day at a service field visit to Cordoba, home to “Las Patronas,” a group of local women who offer food, water,and shelter to people migrating by train.

Cassie’s reflection on her time with Las Patronas is inspirational and truly exemplifies a transformative educational experience. Her piece can be found on pages 7 & 8 of the recent issue of BROAD:

http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/studentdevelopment/temp/BROAD%20Issue%2060%20Sept%202013%20Global%20Perspectives.pdf

If you want to learn more about Las Patronas, you can watch a short video with English subtitles at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huO7a24q0B4, or view some great photos and short commentary at http://upsidedownworld.org/main/mexico-archives-79/3596-women-of-las-patronas-aid-central-american-migrants-in-mexico.

Read additional writings and reflections from Cassie’s study abroad experience at her blog: http://returningtomexico.blogspot.mx/2013/05/la-bestia-dentro-de-mi-cabeza.html.

 

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