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Murders of the Women of Juárez

Events and Background

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Activists paint a cross on street light poles every time another body is found in Juárez. 

Credit: John Burnette, NPR News

Who's Killing the Women of Juárez? 

Feb 22, 2003
NPR's John Burnett reports on the killings of hundreds of women in Juárez, a Mexican City Haunted by Decade of Vicious Sex Crimes

Gender Violence in Juarez
Feb. 22, 2003

Julia Monarrez and Socorro Tabuenca, professors at Mexico's College of the Northern Frontier, talk about the factors contributing to Juarez' violent culture.

Mexico Border Towns
April 25, 2000

NPR's John Burnett reports on the tens of thousands of poor Mexicans who are streaming north in search of work, with no intention of crossing into the United States. Instead, these migrants are heading for the many assembly plants in a number of Mexican border towns. In Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, more than a hundred people are arriving every day. While they can do better economically than back home, many of the migrants are living in cramped conditions, or in shacks. They're also encountering a vastly different culture, complete with mega-stores, internet cafes, and deadly drug traffickers. 

Juarez Drug Trade
Dec. 3, 1999

NPR's John Burnett reports from Ciudad Juarez that the discovery of a nearby clandestine grave has refocused attention on how the city has suffered because of the drug trade. One of Mexico's most powerful cartels has been based in Juarez; in recent years the city has endured an explosion of drug-related disappearances and killings. 

In Mexican Town, Murder Rate for Women on the Rise
April 22, 1998

NPR's Philip Davis reports from Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican border town across from El Paso, Texas, where more than a hundred young women have been murdered over the last few years. The city attracts many young women from Mexican villages, who are eager to work in assembly plants, where they can earn their own money and have a measure of independence. 

Other Resources:

Photo Gallery: Fighting the Fear in Juarez

  • Mexico Solidarity Network's online petition for greater law enforcement action in Juarez
  • ICON
  • --Documenting the lives of women working in the maquiladoras.
  • CASA AMIGA Centro de Crisis A.C. 
  • Casa Amiga in Juarez offers treatment and counseling for sexual or domestic violence survivors
  • Coverage of the Juarez murders by the El Paso Times 
    June 23 & 24, 2002

  • Major series of articles




    Silent protest for slain Juárez women

    Friday April 19, 2002  El Paso Times

    More than 100 UTEP students and others protested the killings of women in Juárez silently Thursday on the lawn of the Union at the University of Texas at El Paso. Since 1993, 270 women have been recorded as murdered in Juárez, and more than 400 more have been reported missing, according to a leaflet being distributed by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, a UTEP student organization. Organizers said in the leaflet that the murders have been mostly ignored by local and national governments on both sides of the border, and they urged people to act collectively in joining their international efforts to stop violence against women.

    Web page assembled by Kristin Koptiuch Feb 2003
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