Hannah McKeeth

Hannah McKeeth (CEMUJER): Hannah was born and brought up in Panama City, Panama. Growing up in Central America greatly influenced her understanding of society and development. From Panama, she moved to Langley, BC, Canada, where she did her undergraduate studies at Trinity Western University in History and Political Studies. Upon graduation, she became a parent and community educator through Advocates Against Family Violence in southern Idaho. It was in this job that she became aware of the complex issues surrounding domestic violence and challenges that immigrants face in the United States. Following this, Hannah spent a year defining her passion for storytelling and clarifying her vision for her future through a fellowship with the Trinity Forum Academy.



Encountering the Police

06 Nov

During the Iberoamerican Summit the staff at Cemujer actively denounced the president of Nicaragua who has been left unpunished for several crimes, particularly against women. They went to protest in front of the Nicaraguan Embassy where they were stopped by the police. I wasn’t there when these things happened because I couldn’t get around since the transportation was re-directed during those days.

As those activities were taking place and the police was stopping some of the Cemujer staff, some of the other staff was doing a training at the Police Department regarding the treatment and processing of people involved in human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This work is a significant action in favor of stopping the crime of the commercial sex trade. It was an ironic interaction with the police in two different contexts which just goes to show how complicated it can be to speak up for the human rights of others. You can be working with and struggling against the very same authorities at times.

Posted By Hannah McKeeth

Posted Nov 6th, 2008

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