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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts

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Suyapa Portillo Villeda

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In a racialized and patriarchal society, Honduran women are vulnerable to feminicide without any protection either individually or systemic. Consequently, Central Americans are facing a historic mass displacement from their countries and are forced to seek humanitarian asylum in the United States to survive. Thousands of women and children, who lived in poverty, are escaping gender-based violence, domestic violence, and feminicide. As a result, the U.S. immigration system has implemented anti-immigration policies that inevitably violate the human rights of Central American asylum seekers, particularly the Migration Protection Policy (MPP) and Title 42. Both of these policies treat the Honduran caravans as the sole issue of Central American immigration without investigating nor understanding the root causes of displacement. Through my personal testimonio as a Honduran asylee and the analysis of feminicide, MPP, and Title 42, this thesis-project aims to showcase the connections among root causes for migration: feminicide, U.S. intervention, and U.S. policies. The interconnectedness of these issues results in a cycle of oppression that Central Americans experience, which continuously perpetuates suffering at different stages. Potential solutions are presented in the form of policy change in both Honduras and the United States

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