Hunting the men who kill women: Mexico’s femicide detective


Source: The Guardian

On the night of 30 October 2019, as many Mexicans were preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead, the family of Jessica Jaramillo stood in the pouring rain watching two dozen police search a house on the outskirts of Toluca, the capital of Mexico State. At about 9pm, the authorities carried out a dead dog, followed by two live ones and a cat. Then they pulled out a woman’s body.

Jessi, a 23-year-old psychology student at a local university, had gone missing a week earlier. On 24 October, she hadn’t appeared at the spot where her parents usually picked her up after class. Within a few minutes, she called her mother to say she was going out, abruptly hung up, then texted to add, “Don’t worry, I’m with Óscar”.


Mexican Women Are Furious. AMLO Should Start Listening.


Source: Americas Quarterly

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is an increasingly powerful man. At the helm of what he calls the country’s “Fourth Transformation,” he has dismantled checks and balances, weakened autonomous institutions, and seized discretionary control of the budget. AMLO, as the president is widely known, seems intent on pulling Mexico back to an era of single-party dominance, and in the absence of a cohesive opposition, his dream of centralized and unobstructed control may yet become reality. Thanks in part to the corruption and callousness of his predecessors, López Obrador remains popular despite mismanagement of COVID-19 and an expected decline in GDP this year of about 10%.

Yet there is one force that has caught López Obrador by surprise – and threatens to derail his plans and damage his reputation. Frustrated by the government’s lack of a response to a pandemic of violence against women that has only grown worse in recent years, Mexico’s feminists have become the one true thorn in AMLO’s side: a singular political movement that he does not seem to understand, cannot control and will be unable to suppress.


Mexican women’s patience snaps at Amlo’s inaction on femicide


Source: The Guardian

As Mexicans prepared to mark Independence Day celebrations on 15 September, a different kind of commemoration was held at the headquarters of the country’s human rights commission (CNDH).

Under a fluttering purple anarchy flag, women in black balaclavas lined the upstairs balconies of the 19th-century building – and speaker after speaker expressed their fury at the country’s crisis of violence against women.


Demanding justice, feminist activists occupy offices in Mexico


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Feminist activists and family members of the missing ramped up a protest at the main offices of Mexico’s human rights commission on Monday, after occupying the building last week to draw attention to kidnapped persons and attacks targeting women.

The activists, mostly masked women, defaced office signs with hammers, pinned up banners and painted slogans on walls late last week, angry with what they decry as insufficient government action to root out the crimes, most of which go either uninvestigated or unsolved by the country’s weak justice system.

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The state of violence against women in Mexico Maria Murriel, GlobalPost 6:52 a.m. EDT April 25, 2016

4/25/2016 USA Today

Marcha_de_las_putas_en_Costa_Rica,_2011_-10Tourists found dead. Video cameras filming under skirts. An attempt to take off a woman’s underwear mid-stride. And a “pandemic” of femicide — all in Mexico.

For these reasons and many others, a group of women in Mexico organized a state-wide day of action against sexual violence.

Nos Queremos Vivas, “we want to stay alive,” set off a march through the State of Mexico on April 24. Several women’s rights groups signed on to the campaign, many via images shared on social media with the hashtag #24A or #NosQueremosVivas.

Series of femicides cast a dark shadow over Mexico’s ‘sunshine state’

11/25/2015 The Guardian

femicidesQuintana Roo is Mexico’s sunshine state, a booming tourists’ playground which draws record numbers of holiday-makers to its golden beaches, coral reefs, Mayan ruins and all-inclusive package deals.

But in recent weeks, the Caribbean region has been badly shaken by a string of brutal murders of women – which authorities have seemed keen to downplay.

Within the space of three weeks, seven women have been murdered, bringing the total to 18 so far this year. At least two of the victims were strangled, and several had been sexually assaulted before their bodies were dumped in public places. All the women were Mexican.

This latest surge in murders has renewed tensions between activists against gender violence, and government officials who accuse them of trying to derail tourism and economic progress.

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Femicide cases increase in 9 states (Spanish)

femicidesEl Universal 2/14/2012

Las nueve entidades que registran una tendencia creciente de homicidios de mujeres son Chiapas, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Sinaloa y Sonora, según un estudio presentado por la subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Lía Limón, en el Senado de la República.

El estudio también analiza las particularidades de cada zona. En el noreste del país, por ejemplo, una mujer de 20 a 24 años tiene 39 veces más riesgo de morir por homicidio, que una mujer de la misma edad de la zona centro del país.

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Argentine forensic scientists search for truth in Juarez (in Spanish)

BBC Mundo, 12/13/2010

El mismo grupo de forenses que desde hace casi tres décadas investiga la ejecución de personas durante los años del régimen militar argentino, trabaja a miles de kilómetros de Buenos Aires para recuperar la verdad sobre las mujeres asesinadas en Ciudad Juárez, en el norte de México.

El Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF), que a menudo colabora en otros países en la investigación de asesinatos por motivos políticos, se encarga desde 2005 de recuperar y analizar los cuerpos de víctimas de los llamados “feminicidios”.

Así se conoce en México a los asesinatos a mujeres, una lacra que desde hace años ha golpeado sobre todo a Ciudad Juárez.

En esta ciudad fronteriza, considerada como la más violenta del país, organizaciones no gubernamentales estiman que sólo en 2009 y 2010 cerca de 300 mujeres fueron asesinadas.

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