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Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 4, 2009

On Wednesday, November 4, 2009, we met with a human rights attorney. He made a thorough presentation of the deaths in Juárez based on newspaper accounts for the last year or so. His overall report included a summary of various news articles that accentuated the ineffectiveness of the Mexican army presence in curbing or reducing the homicides in Juárez.

He also brought to our attention the complexity of the violence in Juárez with vivid examples, many reported in credible newspapers, of kidnappings, disappearances, extortion, death threats, how children are becoming immune to the day to day killings, the flight of businesses and entire families to either El Paso or other places in the interior of México, and the random murder of people who denounce any type of violence.

Additionally, the Juárez situation gets more complex when, according to the attorney, other types of violence are taken into account. Violence such as prostitution, closing of maquiladoras (assembly factories) lack of jobs, AIDS, trafficking in children, government corruption, and the violence to people migrating to the USA and to those being deported back to México and Central America.

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