A march to stop murders in Juarez

NOW and other women's groups try to bring awareness to the senseless violence on Mexico's border.

By Hillary Frey

Published December 14, 2005 5:41PM (EST)

In late November, Broadsheet noted a BBC report about the hundreds of unsolved murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican town just across the border from El Paso, Texas, and law enforcement's failure to do anything about them. Today, the National Organization for Women carries news that, earlier this month, it launched a campaign to raise awareness about the violence in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. To announce the new project, NOW -- along with leaders from sister organizations across the Southwest and Mexico -- led a march of more than 200 people across the border to show victims' families that they are not alone in their quest for justice. NOW, the families and the sister organizations are also calling for a transnational independent commission to oversee the Mexico-appointed authorities who are investigating the murders. Let's hope these voices are heard. This senseless killing has got to stop.

Hillary Frey

Hillary Frey is the Books editor at Salon.

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