Women on the Border mourns the loss of Juanita Lopez Torres, a courageous friend and and activist in the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os (CFO) and a champion for the rights of maquiladora workers. She fiercely articulated the right of working woman to be treated with respect and dignity.

Juanita passed away in her home in Piedras Negras surrounded by loved ones, including her companion Federico “Lico” Marin, and friends on April 6, 2013. She had been struggling with complications from diabetes.

Juanita was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. From a young age and as a maquiladora worker she fought for workers’ rights to human dignity and justice. She became active in the CFO as a neighborhood activist as well as on its Board of Directors. One of her significant contributions to the work of the CFO was helping to found the project on fair trade called Maquiladora Dignidad y Justicia.

Some of Juanita’s spirit as a feminist advocate for working women is seen in the segments of the YouTube video World Class People (by M Bosquez)  where she described an experience of sexual harassment and how she spoke up for her right to respect, a response that ultimately cost her her job.  VIEW HERE

Simple of heart, kind, intelligent, compassionate and brilliant in her role as an educator of workers’ rights under the federal law is how many will remember Juanita and grieve this tragic loss to the community of activist maquiladora workers at the border.