Yesterday, April 8, 2019, COPAL, CTUL and Witness for Peace Midwest hosted a dinner and conversation with Honduran President and Coordinator of the Committee of the Families of Disappeared Migrants of El Progreso (COMFAMIPRO), Rosa Nelly Santos Navarro, on migration and human rights in Honduras.
COFAMIPRO began in 1999 out of the radio program "Sin Fronteras" or "Without Borders" transmitted by Radio Progreso and formed into an organization to search for the loved ones of Hondurans that disappeared on the migrant trail to the United States. Today, COFAMIPRO brings attention to the human rights violations committed against migrants, push factors that force migrants to flee their homes, and calls for governments to take responsibility. Committed to the work of advocating for the rights of migrants, Rosa Nelly has traveled around the world, sharing the story Honduran migrants and their families.
During our conversation, Rosa brought attention to the human rights violations committed against migrants, push factors that force migrants to flee their homes and calls for governments to take responsibility. This was a moment to prioritize the voices of Latinx organizations and activists.
In COFAMIPRO’s view, the migratory crisis should spur governments to reform their public policies and refrain from stigmatizing and criminalizing migrants, because “they are not criminals, they are international workers,” Rosa Nelly said.
The conversation was followed by a webinar on the Berta Cáceres Law, led by Padre Melo y COPINH in Honduras.