Civic Imagination

The Bosses

A group of women that have lived the phenomena of migration in Mexico and have decided to help the migrants by providing them food, water and shelter, to rest before they continue their trip to the United States. While the migrants are on a train these women called "Las Patronas" (The Bosses) throw at them bags full of food and water.

The first time I learned about the existence of “Las Patronas” I was in my second year of high school and I didn’t really paid attention to them because I did not knew the condition the migrants had to endure during their trip to Mexico. It wasn´t until I started my first year of college that I knew the real sacrifice they were making, as a community that does not has a lot of money they stretch it to be able to buy rice and beans to make hundreds of lunches for the migrants. Since then I have found it really interesting how these women risk even their lives to help others in need. These women are nationally known, though their work is not acceptable for everyone in the country, due to the xenophobia the Mexicans have towards the migrants from Central and Latin America. They have encountered hostilities from religious and governmental institutions that do not recognized them, and violence from the side of the drug cartels and gangs that live in that part of the country. What these women care for the most is for the well being f the migrants because they should be treated with respect, since they are human beings that are looking for a better life. Las Patronas is an example of how a group that unites can defeat threats from the bad people. People around the country want to volunteer to help the cuse through donations or working to them as a social service.

People learn about the conditions in which the migrants live, they created a social change because they are an example of humanitarian treatment, it shows for the people that want to help that it is possible.

Migrants in train called “La Bestia”:

Locations of Las Patronas

Food for the migrants

Migrants receiving food

Migrants, Mexico, Patronas, Aid

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