In Guatemala, as in other regions such as Cuiudad Juarez, Mexico, and South Africa, women have been targeted simply for being women. This pattern of violence is called femicide to differentiate it from other homicide cases. Femicide is defined as the murder of a woman because of her gender. Femicide is often carried out with shocking brutality; many victims show signs of torture and mutilation. The Guatemalan government, by omission, is complicit in the terror.
What can we expect? How can we as a team of Americans be helpful? Much remains to be seen. Perhaps we will come to a deeper understanding of the word solidarity which is defined as the union of interests or purposes or sympathies among members of a group.