Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) & Migration Fact Sheet

Published   on December 7, 2018

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) forces many women, girls, and LGBTI persons to flee El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Family members, gangs, and drug traffickers most frequently perpetrate SGBV, but violence by police and other authorities is also widespread. Despite pervasive SGBV in the three countries, staggering impunity levels persist, with an average of less than 10 percent of cases resulting in conviction. Many individuals and families fleeing SGBV are potentially eligible for protection under U.S. as well as Mexican refugee law, as the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras fail to protect their citizens from SGBV.

View the SGBV Fact Sheet

Recommendations to Prevent and Address Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Central America’s
Northern Triangle

For questions please contact:

Rachel Dotson, Gender and Migration Initiatives Director, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND),, (202) 824-8691

Leah Chavla, Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC),, (202) 750-9598

Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Senior Associate, Mexico, Migrant Rights, Border Issues, Latin America Working Group (LAWG),, (202) 546-7010

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