Tlaxcala is the state with the highest incidence of human trafficking-particularly of women and girls-in all of Mexico, with over 18,000 people whose livelihood is trafficking. It is such a common phenomenon that it is considered a legitimate profession in Tlaxcala, one that brings both prestige and power. When asked what profession they want to go into, many young people in Tlaxcala reportedly say human trafficking. Gender-based violence is also prevalent in Tlaxcala, with the 2011 National Survey on the Dynamics of Household Relationships reporting that 46% of women who are married or in a relationship have experienced some form of mistreatment or aggression in the course of the relationship, 34% within the last year. Violence is also common in schools, with 77% of students in this survey reporting having experienced humiliation, insults or being ignored, and 38% reporting that they have suffered physical harm or sexual abuse.
Founded in 2000 by a group of young people after their friend was murdered by another youth, Cauce Ciudadano A.C. seeks to train young people to become agents of social change to prevent, treat, mitigate and repair the damage caused by violence and organized crime. Since its founding, Cauce has worked in 62 municipalities in 22 Mexican states. The organization has four main focus areas: the design, management, implementation and evaluation of recreational and educational workshops aimed at developing life skills; work with people living in areas with high crime rates; the development of training processes and spaces that allow young people to acquire job skills and psychosocial skills to improve their quality of life; and implementing processes to influence public policy. In 2013, Cauce received a Recognition of Excellence from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the Juscelino Kubitschek Award, and in 2014, received Honourable Mention in the World Bank’s Regional Contest on Initiatives to Promote Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean for its “Equity: respect is the way to go” program, which seeks to decrease gender-based violence by encouraging young people to question the values and practices that lead to such violence
EMpower’s 1st grant to Cauce Ciudadano A.C. supports training in gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence for secondary students and adults in 15 of the most violent schools in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
Primary Location: Tlaxcala
Funded Since: 2016
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