Immigrants from Michoacán seeking asylum in United States, according to El Paso shelter

September 17, 2014

09/15/14 El Paso Times

machine gunImmigrants from the Mexican state of Michoacán, who say they are fleeing drug-related murders, kidnappings, rapes and extortions, are among the latest group of people seeking asylum in the United States, according to immigrant shelter administrators in El Paso. Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, a faith-based organization that administers temporary shelters for migrants in the El Paso region, confirmed that large numbers of Michoacános are turning up at the border.

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4 Children Rescued From Mexico Shelter Allegedly Committed Suicide

August 18, 2014

08/16/14 Fox News Latino

Street childrenThe Mexican agency attending to children who were rescued last month from a squalid shelter in the western state of Michoacán called on prosecutors to investigate reports that four of the minors committed suicide in recent weeks.

Other victims of the “La Gran Familia” shelter, taken over by the government amid sexual and physical abuse allegations, “tell us that four children committed suicide,” Julio Hernández Barros, an attorney and member of the government’s Executive Commission on Victim Attention, or CEAV, told Efe.

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Mexico Detains Mayor For Extortion, Ordering A Murder On Behalf Of Drug Cartel

August 15, 2014

08/15/14 Fox News Latino

hands in handcuffsA mayor in the western state of Michoacán was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, authorities said Thursday.

Michoacán state prosecutors said in a statement that Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana told her friend to meet her for breakfast at a Chinese restaurant, where a gunman shot him to death last year. The gunman was a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in Michoacán.

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Mexico charges six over Michoacan children’s home abuse

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 BBC News

Street childrenA federal judge in Mexico has charged six employees of a children’s home raided by police last week.

More than 450 children and teenagers were rescued from the The Big Family Home, where they had been living in appalling conditions.

Prosecutors believe some of the children were subjected to beatings and sexual abuse.

The owner of the home, 79-year-old Rosa Verduzco, has been deemed too old and mentally unfit to stand trial.

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Woman in Mexico children’s home probe freed without charges

July 21, 2014

07/20/14 Reuters

justice - gavelA controversial woman at the center of an abuse scandal at a children’s home in western Mexico has been set free after a preliminary probe cleared her of wrongdoing, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said on Sunday.

Mexican police raided the refuge known as “La Gran Familia” (The Big Family) in the state of Michoacan on Tuesday, finding around 450 kids in squalid rooms filled with trash and cockroaches.

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Controversy surrounds rescue of children from Mexico shelter

July 18, 2014

07/17/14 Los Angeles Times

Kids Photo Credit Kelly DonlanIn an odd and contradictory tale of abuse and protection, authorities say they rescued nearly 500 children from a shelter in the western state of Michoacan, where they were reportedly exposed to bug-infested food, rapes and filthy conditions.

Yet almost immediately after the announcement earlier this week, Mexico’s former president and several other prominent public figures rose to the defense of the elderly woman running the shelter, further muddying an already confusing picture.

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Mexican president says new state governor has his full backing

July 2, 2014

7/2/14 Fox News Latino

peña-nietoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he planned to work closely with the new governor of the western state of Michoacan, Salvador Jara, on security, economic and development issues.

The national government does not want to “create competition or establish another level of government” in Michoacan, where federal officials deployed the security forces in January to restore order in the Tierra Caliente, the president said.

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