In an effort to raise awareness and to end femicide in Guatemala and throughout Central and South America, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 100 yesterday. Introduced by Representative Hilda L. Solis (D-CA), Resolution 100 calls for the US government to urge Guatemala to investigate the unsolved murders of thousands of women and girls.
Rep. Solis stressed the importance of the bill, saying, “Very few of these crimes have been investigated, and even fewer perpetrators have been brought to justice for their crimes. Families of victims deserve honest answers and investigations into the murders of their wives, mothers and daughters, instead of being ignored and intimidated. House Resolution 100 will raise awareness of the growing murder rate of women and girls in Guatemala, and increase the international pressure that is needed to stop the violence against women in that country.”
Rep. Solis garnered strong bipartisan support for the bill, including 100 co-sponsors and endorsement from organizations including Amnesty International, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.