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'Caravan' examines murders of women

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the International Caravan for Justice, a group of representatives from international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Mexico Solidarity Network, will be at Dartmouth to raise awareness of violence against women in Mexico, focusing on the nearly 400 women murdered in Juarez and surrounding Chihuahua, Mexico, in the last 10 years. The catered event will be in Collis Common Ground at 6 p.m.

Speakers include Soledad Aguilar, mother of a murder victim, Macrina Cardenas de Alarcon, Legislative Coordinator of the Mexico Solidarity Network in Washington, D.C., and Irasema Coronado, Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso and expert in gender studies and the Juarez murders.

A quarter of the 400 murders involved similar sexual assaults and many victims worked in maquiladoras - sweatshops. Eighty-one Mexican government officials were charged in June with negligence in the investigation of these murders, many of which remain unsolved.

Information on Amnesty International's website shows that Juarez has lost about 300,000 labor jobs in the past two years and suggests that the rising unemployment rate, together with slim resources for battered women and rape victims and the apparent lack of concern from public officials, fosters an atmosphere in which men commit violence against women without fear of punishment.

Dartmouth's La Alianza Latina, Amnesty International, and the Coalition Against Abusive Relationships Everywhere (CARE) are sponsoring the event. For more information about the caravan contact Eva Vivalt '05 at 646-6046.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08