In 2017, spurred by a global surge in women’s equality movements, a small group of women in San Carlos, Mexico, organized the first Women’s March in their community, part of the Guaymas municipality. The march attracted over 200 participants who, after listening to music and brief introductory remarks, walked down the main boulevard to demonstrate their support. The following year, a second march included speakers from the local National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) office, focusing on domestic violence prevention.

This growing awareness of domestic abuse and femicide in Mexico led these women to establish a non-profit organization. Consequently, Seguro y Sano-Safe & Sound was registered as a 501C3 in Arizona to facilitate donations from the numerous winter visitors in and around San Carlos. In Mexico, the group sought recognition as a Civil Association to legally receive donations from businesses. Their initial application was under the name Seguro y Sano, AC, but was stalled by the Covid pandemic. After the initial application expired, they successfully registered under a new name, Sana y Protegida, in 2021. The organization operates under both U.S. and Mexican laws concerning donations.

Each year, the organization hosts the “Run to End Domestic Violence/Carrer Para Poner Fin a la Violencia Doméstica,” featuring options for a 10K run, 5K run, or 5K walk in San Carlos. The event has gained popularity, with over 295 participants in 2024. Local businesses and individuals have contributed through sponsorships or donations, and one couple even donated land for a future shelter. An architectural firm from Hermosillo has designed the building pro bono, and an engineer will oversee the construction and obtain necessary permits without charge.

The planned facility will accommodate 10 women and their children. It will be staffed by an Adult Psychologist, a Child Psychologist, a Nurse, a Social Worker, an Attorney, a Director, and a Teacher. The children will be able to attend school on-site. Once operational, the organization will seek a Federal Grant for Refugios, which could cover up to 80% of the operating costs, in line with Federal Guidelines.

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