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