The Ciudad Juarez Maquiladora Murders

Young, Missing and Murdered Women

In the critically acclaimed documentary Señorita Extraviada, or Young Missing Woman, filmmaker Lourdes Portillo questioned why Mexican government officials failed to investigate and hold accountable the killers of hundreds of girls and women in Ciudad Juarez beginning in the early 1990s through 2001.   The film raised international awareness. However it tended to focus more on local corruption and less on the ways in which the implementation of NAFTA in Ciudad Juarez and the rapid industrialization in the city also produced systematic  patterns of sexual abuse and femicide.  The story of the Juarez murders of women is symbolic of the patterns of sexual abuse and violence that have tended to be a part of the trend of globalizing economies. 

RESOURCES/READINGS

Disappearing Daughters Project (Seattle Times, 2020)

Casa Amiga Esther Chávez Cano

Who is Killing the Women of Juarez? 

Alicia Gaspar deAlba, with Georgina Guzmán, Makind a Killing:  Femicide, Free Trade and La Frontera (U. of Texas 2010)

Elvia R. Arriola, Accountability for Murder in the Maquiladoras (2007)

Elvia R. Arriola, La Responsabilidad Por Los Asesinatos en las Maquiladoras: El Vínculo Entre La Indiferencia Empresarial Y La Violencia de Género en la Frontera Entre Estados Unidos y Mexico, pp. 113-169 in Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Carmen Gonzalez, Colin Crawford, Coords., DERECHO, DEMOCRACIA Y ECONOMIA DE MERCADO (Univ. de los Andes, Bogotá 2010).

Julia Monarrez Fragoso, Feminicidio Sexual Serial en Cd. Juarez, 1993-2001

Debbie Nathan, Missing the Story (review of Srta Extraviada) (2002

Judy Rosenberg, Can the Maquiladora Worker Speak? (dissertation 2009)

Wm. Paul Simmons, Remedies for the Women of Ciudad Juarez Through the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2006) (discussing the IACHR’s Ruling that Mexico Discriminated Against Victims of Femicide).

Kathleen Staudt, Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear and Everyday Life in Cd. Juarez (2008)

Diana Washington Valdez, The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women (2006).

Diana W Valdez, Harvest of Women: Safari in Mexico (2004)

Olivia Wood, An Investigation into the Exploitation of the Mexican Female Body (Dissertation, UK, 2008).

 

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