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Vanishing Women of Juárez Still Need Our Attention

Vanishing Women of Juárez Still Need Our Attention

In the mid 90s, the northern border city of Juárez, Mexico made headlines for its disturbing trend of femicide. Approximately 370 women have been found dead since 1993, with their bodies showing physical signs of torture and rape, and more still have disappeared without a trace. Like many other tragic events around the world, it has been abandoned by the media for new headlines and stories. However an article published this week in the L.A. Times proves that the women of Juárez still need our attention.

The article reveals that two dozen women or girls have disappeared in only a year and a half, and this time, no bodies have turned up. Local authorities have set up a special prosecutor’s office and made some arrests, but the cases have largely remained unsolved.

Amnesty International issued a statement in 2006 about its concerns with the city’s special prosecutor’s office. Amnesty reports that the office “appears to downplay the scale of the crimes committed against women and suggests that a ‘perception different from reality’ has been created about the crimes by those seeking to highlight the crimes and impunity.” The organization accuses the authorities of negligence and omission, but no one has been reprimanded.

Although these cases, along with other human rights cases in Darfur and Tibet, are not making major headlines anymore, their stories are still alive and justice is still needed. As ordinary citizens we may feel powerless or overwhelmed, but being aware and showing solidarity are major steps we can all take to keep the victims’ voices alive and fight for justice.

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11:42AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

It really bothers me to see so much violence around the world. :/ I wish that people would wake up and start treating others how they would like to be treated.

7:22AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

castration should become formal punishment before jail time.....maybe we could cut home the idea that men and woman can be equals not just objects for profit, and divert the woman slave trade....as long as men remain in charge and money is continually made off "the so called war on drugs" there will be no justice for these women....

8:37PM PDT on Aug 30, 2009

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At least is more logical than a bunch of very macho men or organ dealers and serial killers. But still... nothing we can do.

11:27PM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

It seems to me that the technology for the amazing gifts: electric cars (I knew the owner of the original one in the 1970's), cures for cancer, and the like will also go down the tubes if we shut down the whole economy. We will go back to old times, like I said, and people will be dead before they can be grandparents.

6:48AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

In Mexico, more people die killed by bullets than by drugs, more than 370 girls have been murder and who knows how many more, but the goverment is after drugdealers, the circus is on. Who is to blame for Mexican economy. Back in the 50's Mexico used to have silver pesos, the schools are a joke, the Spanish highschool teachers don't know how to write. The books are the same since 1960, Mexican TV is the worst most insulting TV for mankind intelligence. Art is forbidden in Mexico, real artists don't have any comunication media to show their art. But hey, we are after the drugdealers and cartels. At least they should legalize marihuana so we could stand all this.

6:39AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

On the contrary, they dont want to use clean technology, electric cars for example, they've existed since the 90's, but they just want us to use ther fossil fuels for their profit. If we keep in this direction you know where we are going, straight to nowhere. They spend a lot more money in their war on terror, instead of fighting cancer and aids. Cancer kill 10 times more Americans then some terrorists that they never existed. Neron burned Rome and he blamed the Christians, Bush demolished the WTC and blamed the Arabs, the story repeats over and over. But again, Bush just obeyed oreders from the Rockefeller and those who were more benefit in taking Afganistan and Iraq. They are killing us slowly with artificial flavors and other substances. Is that what we want for our children?

1:20PM PDT on Aug 23, 2009

Eric, Certainly commercialism has a huge part in all of this, but if we totally obliterate our commercial base, we will also lose all the advances we have made in medical and educational arenas. We would certainly benefit from an economic overhaul but back then people only lived to be 20. Is that what we want for our kids and grandkids?

12:26PM PDT on Aug 23, 2009

I love listening to all the opinions.

6:11AM PDT on Aug 21, 2009

I too am sickened and saddened by this, but I must tell you this article is not enough for me to give an honest opinion, so inbetween on the things I have to do today, I am going to research and then come back and give an honest comment. This is more or less to let you know I have joined the discussion. My name is Theresa, I can say I have been to Juarez and its not a beautiful place, the markets are full of women and children begging for money, and trust me these people are not well nourished. I would love to assist with your tenacity ladies to get something done, but you should never start at the top, Obama will not listen, sorry he won't. I work with those with mental health issues in my REAL life and I am also a teacher, yes a busy lady. But, I would love to hear more from you too Eric, I am facinated and to keep you busy I would love you to take a look at DIA artwork at our airport in colorado, you want to talk freaky stuff. Please take a gander and look at the aerial view, you will know I don't think your nuts hun. Now to the issue of these young ladies, I have a feeling, but I will reserve comment until later. I hope to hear from those who care. Also, I would love to hop into that rabbit hole with you Alice, but..... must step out of my hole first, I will show you mine if you show me yours, we both may learn something more. Have a great day and onward people.

7:08AM PDT on Aug 20, 2009

Just imagine how violent it is to father, when his cildren are watching TV commercial with all that delicious food, toys and beautiful places they simply can't afort to pay. That's cruel and frustrating. The education institutions puts obstacles for people to get to collage. The religious institutions set our minds to obey and have faith in a God that simply wont do anything because we came to this world to suffer. You can see that in the U.S. but the same thing happens in Latin America triplicated, it is more obvious here than there. Just look at the music, they just talk about sex and violence. They want us to reproduce so they can have more slaves to their monetary system. The world has more than enough for everybody so that every single child could have food, dress, school and shelter. We don't need money, nobody eats money. Care2 Action?

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