Many women from developing countries migrate to postindustrial countries while leaving their children with other family members, especially the children's grandmothers. Forced by macro structural conditions, immigrants have to develop a variety of strategies to overcome this spatial separation. This is the case of most Honduran immigrant women who have migrated to the United States in the last decades. The devastation left by Hurricane Mitch (1998) in Honduras and severe social political crisis in the last decade have pushed thousands of women to work in the domestic (reproductive) labor market in the vicinity of Washington, DC while leaving their children at home. Using ethnographic data, this paper will focus on how structural, ethnic, generational, and gender factors affect the development of transnational mothering practices among Honduran women, highlighting their social contributions to both sending and receiving societies.

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