The Sacred Women Oracle is a Master in Design Studies thesis about the migration journey of women coming from Central America’s Northern Triangle to the United States. The study examines the different stages of the trip, including the departure, the transit, and arrival, and the various direct and indirect violence towards Latinas' bodies during the journey.
While migrant numbers are exponentially growing, laws and the reinforcement of borders against immigrants and refugee seekers are expanding fast by xenophobic agendas and policies of isolationism dictated by governments. By presenting the experience of Latinas migrating from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to the United States, the project displays a landscape of horror, conformed by detention centers, fenced border walls, immigration court tents, migrant border camps, and detention centers.
Rooted in cross-border solidarity between Latinas, Sacred Women explores the role of design to provide tools for a safer trip for women embracing the reclamation of sacredness, ancestral wisdom, and cultural values. It is from this lifeline cooperation, almost like an ancestral act of surviving, that the project departs.
THE JOURNEY NORTHWARD