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The Women of La Patrona: Angels on the immigrant’s train journey through Mexico

Screenshot: YouTube
Screenshot: YouTube

There has to be a special place in heaven for Las Patronas de Veracruz. They are probably the most giving, unselfish group of hard-working women in Mexico.

Las Patronas de Veracruz are angels to immigrants trying to make it to the U.S. For more than two decades, these women have cooked rice, beans and tortillas to give away to thousands of Central American immigrants crossing Mexico north on a train.

The village of La Patrona lies in a corner of the eastern state of Veracruz. In 2014, students from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work’s Study Abroad program went to Mexico to work with the women of La Patrona. Here’s a video the students produced. 

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.

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