First Advisor

Leopoldo Rodriguez

Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: International Development and University Honors


International and Global Studies




Central America -- Women -- Violence against, Women immigrants -- Abuse of, Central America -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Emigration and immigration




This thesis aims to investigate the violence encountered by Central American women, both at home and when they seek to migrate to the US. We examine the conditions faced by Central American women leading them to take risks as they emigrate from their countries of origin. First, we analyze the violence that women face in their countries of origin. Next, we discuss the violence that women encounter on migrant corridors. Finally, we explore the obstacles that migrant women face when they arrive at the United States border itself. This thesis ultimately aims to provide information to the interdisciplinary field of migration in hopes that a better understanding will provide ways to address the repeated occurrence of these violent episodes. We hope this thesis will contribute to the migration literature providing new insight into how migration patterns relate to gender-based violence.


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