A Honduran migrant’s journey from victim to advocate for migrant rights

I met Paola Quiñones in March of this year, 2014, while she was staying at the Brothers in the Journey Migrant Shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. She was waiting for her papers in Mexico, to continue north to the United States.

Seven months later, Ixtepec brought us together again. Paola has become an advocate for Central American migrants in Mexico, who suffer brutal conditions in their passage through the country. She is part of a group of migrants in Mexico who have taken the struggle for “Free Transit” and dignity for migrants into their own hands, based on lived experience.

Setting aside the personal needs that pushed her to migrate in the first place, Paola now works to meet the collective needs of women in migration. “I don’t just speak for Paola. I speak for all the women– those who are afraid, those who don’t have media access,” she says to The Americas Program.

Read the article in English on The Americas Program.

Paola Quiñones: migrante hondureña y defensora de sus compañeras

Conocí a Paola Quiñones en marzo de este año, 2014, a su paso por el Albergue Hermanos en el Camino en Ixtepec, Oaxaca, mientras resolvía su estatus legal en México, esperando seguir su camino hacia Estados Unidos.

Siete meses después, Ixtepec nos vuelve a reunir y conversamos nuevamente. En estos meses, Paola se ha convertido en una aguerrida defensora de migrantes centroamericanos en México. Ella forma parte de un grupo de personas migrantes en este país, quienes toman la lucha por la dignidad y el libre tránsito de todas y todos desde la experiencia vivida.

Dejando a un lado las necesidades personales que la impulsaron a salir de su país, Paola ahora se dedica a las necesidades colectivas de las mujeres migrantes. «No hablo por Paola, hablo por todas, por las que tienen miedo, que no tienen acceso a medios», afirma.

Lee el resto del artículo en Subversiones.

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