March 8

International Women’s Day – remembering tragedy at Guatemala orphanage

One year ago today, 41 girls were killed in a fire in an orphanage in Guatemala. The girls, aged 14 to 17, had used the occasion of International Women’s Day to protest the sexual abuse they suffered in the institution – and were locked in their dormitory as punishment. When the fire broke out, no one came to unlock the door.

Over the last year, we have filed a case with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect the survivors of the fire and pressured the Guatemalan government to enforce the right of every child to grow up with a family. All over the world, children are locked up and restrained in orphanages and institutions where the same patterns of abuse and neglect play out day after day. DRI’s Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children is fighting to stop abuses against children in orphanages and institutions. For more information on our work on this case, see our report After the Fire on our website here, and read DRI Executive Director Eric Rosenthal’s op-ed in the Washington Post here.

Please join us today as we remember the victims of this tragedy. Their names are listed below:

Rosa Julia Espino Tobar

Indira Jarisa Pelicó Orellana

Daria Dalila López Meda

Achly Gabriela Mendez Ramírez

Yemmi Araceli Ramírez Siquín

Jaquelyn Paola Catinac Pérez

Milenie Eloísa Rac Hernández

Siona Hernández García

Josselyn Marisela Garcia Flores

Hashly Angely Rodriguez Hernandez

Daily Analí Domingo Martínez

Mayra Haydeé Chután Urias

Yusbelí Yubitza Merary Maquin Gómez

Skarleth Yajayra Pérez Jiménez

Yohana Desire Cuy Urizar

Sarvia Isel Barrientos Reyes

Ana Noemy Morales Galindo

Rosalinda Victoria Ramírez Pérez

Madelyn Patricia Hernández

Jilma Sucely Carias López

Ana Rubidia Chocoj Chuta

Mari Carmen Ramírez Melgar

Grindi Yasmin Carías López

Yoselin Beatríz Ventura Pérez

Keila Rebeca López Salguero

Candelaria Meléndrez Hernández

Estefany Sucely Veliz Pablo

Ana Roselia Pérez Junay

Melani Yanira de León Palencia

Celia María Samary López Aranda

Yoselin Yamilet Barahona Beltran

Kimberly Mishel Palencia Ortíz

Nanci Paola Vela García

Lilian Andrea Gómez Arceno

Mirsa Rosmeri Lopez Tojil

Grisna Yamilet Cú Uluan

Luisa Fernanda Joj Gonzalez

Iris Yodenis León Pérez

Silvia Milexi Rivera Sanchez

Sara Noemy Lima Ascón

Wendy Anahi Vividor Ramirez
DRI continues to fight for justice for the victims and survivors of the Hogar Seguro orphanage fire.