Starting on October 11, the 100+ women who walked 100 miles will walk 1 mile on the 11th of each month for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the United States. Together, over the course of the next 11 months, we will walk another 100 miles, with every step bringing us closer to a world of dignity for migrants.
100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage
Immigration is a women's issue! We Belong Together unites women from all walks of life in the fight for common sense policies that treat women and children fairly.
From September 15 - 23, one hundred women will walk on a 100-mile pilgrimage from a detention center in York County, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. Set to arrive when the Pope will be speaking in Congress and meeting with the President, we will walk carrying stories from a site of human suffering to the Pope with a message of human dignity.
Pope Francis has said that the globalization of migration requires a globalization of charity and cooperation. He describes a world where no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable, a church without borders, and nations that welcome the stranger.
When he comes to Washington, we will be there to greet him with the hope that each step we take is another step closer to a world of dignity for migrants.
Tues, Sept 15: Launch pilgrimage outside York detention center
Wed, Sept 16: New Freedom, PA
Thurs, Sept 17: Monkton, MD
Fri, Sept 18: Lutherville–Timonium, MD
Sat, Sept 19: Baltimore, MD
Sun, Sept 20: Jessup, MD
Mon, Sept 21: Silver Spring, MD
Tues, Sept 22: Arrive in Washington, DC - Closing Vigil
Red: daily starting points | Yellow: daily midday points | Green: Daily ending points
Messages of Hope
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I am walking this pilgrimage for every person who has been in a detention center. I was in a detention center for four months and was threatened with deportation on charges of terrorism.»
Every day, on the way to my cleaning job, I watch the streets of Houston. I see my Hispanic brothers and sisters building roads, highways, houses, and office buildings.»
I am a member of the Workers Defense Project and Dreamers Moms USA. I have lived in Austin Texas for the last 8 years and I am undocumented.»
I came to Texas 10 years ago from Mexico. It took me a long time, but I am now a U.S. resident and I am studying to become a U.S. citizen.»
Jessica Cabrera Carmona
I was born in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero Mexico. I arrived to the U.S. with my young mother in 1998. We settled in Stockton, CA and have called it home ever since.»
I came to Phoenix, AZ 32 years ago from Michoacan, Mexico. Last year, I successfully fought to stop my sister, Norma's, deportation.»
I am an undocumented mother of 3 DACA recipients and an organizer with the Puente Human Rights Movement.»
I will be walking to support all immigrant women who struggle to support their families and do not receive the respect or recognition they deserve.»
I am participating in this pilgrimage so that people will know us not only as undocumented immigrants but also as mothers. I came to Virginia from Peru in 2000 with my two daughters.»
I am 69 years old and I live in Miami Florida. I got involved in organizing with Jobs with Justice in 2006 and I am now active in 11 organizations in South Florida.»
I am a leader member of Casa Latina in Seattle. I am from Lima, Peru and have been living in the U.S. for the last 10 years.»
I am a member of Dreamers Moms Virginia and I am participating in the 100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage on behalf of every mother who fears being separated from her children.»
I fled El Salvador 13 years ago and now live in Utah with my children. I am currently in deportation proceedings.»
I got involved in the effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform because I wanted to support my children. My husband and I are currently in deportation proceedings.»
I am an undocumented mother from El Salvador. I have lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland since 2004 with my husband and two of my sons; one is a U.S. citizen and the other a Dreamer.»
I am a founding member of Domesticas Unidas in San Antonio, Texas. I have been working to help support my family since I was 9 years old in Mexico.»
I came to Miami 15 years ago from Mexico with my husband and four children. In 2013, my husband was detained. I went to a student group for help and I met the women in Dreamers Moms through them.»
I am participating in this pilgrimage because as a member of Dreamers Moms, I have been fighting for an end to deportation for two years.»
I came to Seattle from Mexico 19 years ago. I have been involved in the fight for immigrant’s rights for almost 17 years through Casa Latina and other local organizations.»
I came to the Florida 18 years ago from Mexico. I have 5 children, four are Dreamers and one is a U.S. citizen. DACA has changed all my children’s lives.»
I came to the U.S. in 1997 from Uruguay with my two-year-old daughter. I came to give her a better life than was possible in Uruguay.»
Maria Elena Vejar Apodaca
I am an undocumented mother from Mexico without fear. I have lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 19 years working as a domestic worker.»
I was born in California and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I came to Denver for college, where I got involved in the fight for immigration reform.»
I am the executive director of the Brazilian Worker Center and the Brazilian Policy Center. I am also the Co-founder of the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers.»
I am participating in the pilgrimage because I believe that together we can make a difference and win immigration reform.»
I emigrated to Miami 13 years ago from Uruguay. I am an undocumented domestic worker and a survivor of domestic violence and workplace abuse.»
I am participating in the pilgrimage because I want to send a message of faith and love to the Pope, so that he will see that we will not tire.»
I emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico 25 years ago with my three children to join my husband. My son was deported three years ago. He had to leave behind his wife and his 2-year-old son.»
I am an undocumented immigrant from Argentina and the mother of a 13 year old boy, who is a U.S citizen.»
I am an immigrant mother of two children and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Coordinator at Mujeres Unidas y Activas in California.»
I was born in a small town in the interior of Brazil. At the age of 5 my parents put me up for adoption and I went to live with a family as a domestic worker.»
I am participating in the pilgrimage because when I heard the Pope was coming, I knew I had to try and speak with him about the injustice of our immigration system.»
I am walking to Washington with my son so we can tell our stories to the Pope. I emigrated to the U.S. in 1983 from Mexico and became a citizen in 1992.»
I am one of the cofounders of Dreamers Moms South Florida and I am participating in the Pilgrimage to DC because I need Pope Francis to be a voice for undocumented immigrants in the United States.»
Congresswoman Judy Chu of California had this message to share with the 100 women who walked 100 miles to carry a message of dignity for migrants to Pope Francis and the world.
100 women will keep walking until Pope Francis's call for compassion and dignity for migrants is answered. Watch and share the video on what's next for #100Women100Miles.
“We must all take up the Pope’s call to not turn our back on our neighbors.”