Mothers of women killed in Mexican border city blast federal report
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Activists and relatives of women killed in this border city blasted a report presented Tuesday by a commissioner appointed to Ciudad Juarez by President Vicente Fox.Delivering her second progress report, Guadalupe Morfin, special commissioner for the prevention of violence against women in Ciudad Juarez, said federal and state authorities need to do more to find those responsible for the killings of hundred of women.”The women in Juarez, Chihuahua, and the rest of Mexico deserve that effort,” Morfin said.Morfin also said she has pressed for the creation of day care centers and for health officials to intervene in domestic violence cases since many times abusers are also drug addicts.”This is more of the same talk,” said Jesus Ramos, whose daughter was five months pregnant when she disappeared in 1993. “This doesn’t help me find out who took my daughter.”Cipriana Jurado, a labor and women’s rights activist, said Morfin has done little to improve the lives of women in Juarez and even less to further the investigations.”It’s disappointing, there is no advance whatsoever,” Jurado said.Authorities say 360 women have been slain over the last 12 years in Juarez, a city of about 1.3 million people across from El Paso, Texas. But human rights groups say the number of women killed is much higher.At least 100 of those deaths appear to fit a pattern where a young, slender woman was sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped in the desert outside Juarez.Vail – Colorado
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