'Las Patronas' are postulated to the 'Princess of Asturias' Award

For the last 20 years, these women from Veracruz have been helping immigrants with food and shelter on their way to the U.S.
A member of 'Las Patronas' gives some food to an immigrant traveling on top the cargo train known as 'The Beast'
04/07/2015
15:42
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The group known as "Las Patronas," women from the state of Veracruz that have been providing food to immigrants in the municipality of Córdoba, was officially presented as a candidate for the "Princess of Asturias" award.

Javier Urbano Reyes, the head of the Immigration Affairs Program of the Ibero-American University, explained that this group celebrated its 20 anniversary this year, working in favor of those in need.

These women are farmers, workers and children of cane workers in the town of Amatlán de los Reyes, near Córdoba, who decided to help the immigrants traveling in dangerous condition over the cargo train known as "The Beast" on their way to the United States.

"Las Patronas," have supported over a million immigrants and promoted the sensibility towards the phenomenon of immigration in Mexican society.

The group has been the recipient of the National Human Rights Award, and the National Voluntary and Solidary Award, among many others.

The candidacy was officially presented by the Mexican embassy in Spain on June 18.

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