Martha Fernanda Sánchez Soler is the co-founder and president of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement.The Movement is a Mexican-based network that responds to the risks facing migrants, particularly Central Americans, in transit through Mexico to and within the United States. As President of the network Martha calls on Mexican authorities to protect the rights and safety of Central American migrants passing through Mexico each year.
Alongside the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, Martha leads a yearly caravan of mothers from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala whose children have been disappeared in transit through Mexico to the United States. The Caravan of Central American Mothers travels to Mexico in search of their children and to raise awareness about the risks facing migrants traveling through the region. Since 2004 the Caravan has sought to put a human face on the issue of migration and to de-stigmatize the public perception of migrants.
Martha spent much of her earlier career as a teacher and had a significant impact on improving education for geographically dispersed and marginalized populations living in Baja California, USA. She was responsible for implementing the Memorandum of Understanding on Adult Education in Baja California, signed by the Presidents of Mexico and the United States in 1981. Martha also developed regional educational materials in Baja California to improve the quality of education delivered to migrant students.
Closed Doors: Mexico’s Failure to Protect Central American Refugee and Migrant Children, Human Rights Watch, 31 March 2016.
Step by Step on a Desperate Trek by Migrants Through Mexico, New York Times, 8 February 2016.
Mothers’ caravan returns for 11th year, Mexico Daily News, 3 December 2015.
Caravan of Mother’s of Disappeared Migrants, CIP Americas Program, 10 December 2015.
Confronting the Central American Refugee Crisis, CIP Americas Program, 25 June 2014.