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From the ashes of violence grows peace

By Suzanne Ludekens

Los Nombres ceremony concludes CASA’s San Miguel Walk Against Violence in a moving ceremony to burn the names of victims of violence and then plant a tree in honor that a peaceful future may grow from the ashes of violence.

Los Nombres burning ceremony
Thu, Feb 13, 3pm
Santa Julia 15
Col Santa Julia

For three days the CASA psychologist and Violence Prevention program coordinator, Dulce Ortiz, carried the bag with over 150 names on the Walk. Although she may not know those people whose names she carried, Dulce knows the names, the faces and the lives of the many people she counsels at CASA. She knows the change in the faces as women gain confidence to seek a better life, the change in the faces of the children and families as violence leaves their lives.

CASA’s Violence Prevention program is called ELEGIR (to choose). Through education workshops for teachers, young people and parents, direct assistance and building community networks, this program reaches more than 1,700 people in urban and rural areas, empowering and supporting them to choose to live without violence. Some of the stories of these women are now being told. They are no longer nameless statistics—the one in three women who experience violence… no longer silenced.

The burning ceremony of Los Nombres will be led by Alicia Mayo and Miriam. A fresno (ash) tree will then be planted in the CASA grounds as a symbol of the peaceful future we wish for all San Miguel women. Join us in supporting all those who are part of the Violence Prevention program. Contact Trish Snyder at if you wish to contribute to the program.


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