Women Who Feed Central American Migrants on Trains Headed to US Win Award
Television del Sur
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August 29, 2016

Norma Romero (L) and her colleague Mariela Najera accept a prize on behalf of Las Patronas in Los Angeles, California (EFE)

The group of women volunteers, known as "Las Patronas," were awarded a prize for their efforts to help Central American migrants as they journey through Mexico on route to the United States, EFE reports.

They were given the award in the U.S. city of Los Angeles by the consulates of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thousands of migrants travel through Mexico by hitching a ride on freight trains traveling north, aside from shelters, the help provided by Las Patronas is often the only assistance many migrants receive.

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The group, which has been active since 1995, provides upwards of 200 meals a day that are handed out to migrants. The group also has its own shelter, which has room for 30 migrants to rest, receive clean clothes and medical care before continuing on their journey.

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