Cozumel Charities

The Quintana Roo Institute for Women:  An Introduction


Island Resident, Jan Erickson explains a great organization that’s near to her heart….

The Quintana Roo Institute for Women (IQM), serves as a link to help women who have become victims of violence. Through this organization of dedicated professionals, they work together with these women to help them overcome their situation and to become independent and productive in their new journey. Within the IQM a secondary committee focuses on the care of women who have been violated in addition to helping all women who have been victims of some type of violence, not only physical, but of any type through the Support Program for Women Instances in the Federative Entities (Paimef), the IQM serves as a link for women and provide them with psychological, legal and social work, so that they can get out of this situation, supporting them throughout the process.


In this and many other cultures, it is difficult for women to accept that they are victims of violence, often because of their dependence on their partners emotionally and or economically especially when there are children involved. Women need to be economically, psychologically, and spiritually empowered to move on with their lives.


The IQM is the place to begin.  They provide a wide variety of programs, free of charge such as legal services for divorces, child support, care and custodial cases, etc. Social programs such as life insurance, nutrition, arts and crafts, cooking, to name a few. They also provide the much needed psychological counseling necessary for the women and their children. All of these services are available for any woman living here on the island.


They have so many plans to better the lives of women and their families. One of their goals is to create a “safe haven” for battered women or women who have been abandoned on the island by their spouse without any support network..

Every month they have “yard sales” which provides money to buy much needed supplies. In addition, every month they have sales at the Big Flag on Melgar of items made by the women. This money goes to the women to help pay for their living expenses.


The IQM needs our help. The women on this wonderful island need your help. The children on this beautiful island need your help. In the future, I  will be providing more details on IQM, their programs, their needs, and how you can help. Please feel free to contact me. Blessings!  Jan Erickson

Una presentación sobre el Instituto Quintanarroense de la Mujer

Jan Erickson, quien reside en la Isla, da una explicación sobre una organización cercana a su corazón…

El Instituto Quintanarroense de la Mujer (IQM) sirve como enlace, brindando apoyo a mujeres víctimas de violencia. A través de esta organización, dedicados profesionales se han unido para ayudar a estas mujeres a superar su situación, ser independientes y productivas en su nuevo camino. Dentro del IQM, un comité secundario se enfoca al cuidado de mujeres violadas además de dar ayuda a todas esas mujeres que han sido victimas de algún tipo de violencia que no sólo es física sino de cualquier clase. Esto se logra a través del Programa de Apoyo a las Instancias de Mujeres en las Entidades Federativas (PAIMEF), donde el IQM sirve como enlace para mujeres, brindándoles apoyo psicológico, legal y social de manera que puedan salir de esta situación y apoyándolas a través del proceso.


En esta así como en muchas otras culturas, para las mujeres les es difícil aceptar que son víctimas de la violencia. Con frecuencia se debe a la dependencia emocional o económica de sus parejas, particularmente cuando hay niños de por medio. Las mujeres necesitan tener poder económico, psicológico y espiritual para poder continuar con sus vidas.


El IQM es el sitio para comenzar a hacerlo. Aquí cuentan con una amplia variedad de programas, sin costo, tales como servicios legales para divorcios, pensión alimenticia, cuidados y casos de custodias, etc.; programas sociales tales como seguro de vida, nutrición, manualidades, cocina, tan sólo por mencionar algunos. También ofrecen la muy necesaria asesoría psicológica tanto a las mujeres como a sus hijos. Todos estos servicios están disponibles para toda mujer que viva aquí en la Isla.


Asimismo, tienen muchos planes para mejorar las vidas de las mujeres y de sus familias. Una de sus metas es crear un “refugio” para mujeres maltratadas o mujeres que han sido abandonadas en la Isla por sus parejas y que no cuentan con una red de apoyo. Cada mes realizan “ventas de garaje” a través de las cuales obtienen dinero para comprar los suministros que tanto necesitan. Además, mensualmente en la explanada de la bandera sobre la Melgar, realizan ventas de artículos hechos por ellas. Este dinero se destina a las mujeres para ayudar a pagar sus gastos.


El IQM necesita nuestra ayuda. Las mujeres de esta maravillosa Isla requieren de su ayuda. Los niños de esta bella Isla, necesitan de su ayuda.  Daré mayores detalles sobre el IQM,  programas, sus necesidades y formas como usted puede apoyar. Por favor pónganse en contacto conmigo. ¡Bendiciones” Jan Erickson.









Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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