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law prof emeritus, lawyer, writer.

What is a maquiladora?

The Maquiladora Industry

Q. What is a Maquiladora?  

A. Assembly factories that are usually owned by U.S. based multinational corporations (MNCS) to produce and export a variety of household electrical, technological and automotive parts and supplies for export and consumption in the U.S. market and elsewhere.  Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) foreign investing companies may employ Mexican […]

By |December 10th, 2014|NAFTA|0 Comments

Serial Sexual Femicide in Ciudad Juarez.

Julia Monarrez Fragoso published a critical study on the murders in Ciudad Juarez as a manifestation of “femicide,” i.e.,  anti-woman, or gender based homicides.

The article, Serial Sexual Femicide in Ciudad Juarez: 1993-2001 is available in English and Spanish.

By |December 9th, 2014|Research|0 Comments

ATCF Quinceañera Solidarity Campaign

Women on the Border Board Member Donna Blevins opens Austin Tan Cerca’s new Indiegogo Quinceañera Solidarity Campaign with a powerful appeal.  She talks about Tan Cerca’s annual commitment to send $6,000 to fund an organizer with the Comité Fronterizo Obrera working for social justice in the maquiladoras (foreign-owned factories) at the Mexican border.  The work of the CFO informs […]

By |November 7th, 2014|ACTIVISM|0 Comments


Women & Fair Trade Festival
Forthcoming December 2018

Women on the Border will join our ally community organization Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera in celebrating the 15th Annual Women and Fair Trade Festival. Join us at Ironwood Hall, 505 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701, Dec. 1 and 2, 9-6 p.m. for community, fun, and fair trade […]

By |November 7th, 2014|ACTIVISM|0 Comments



Photograph taken outside of the Etowah County Detention Center (Gadsen, Alabama). The sign in the window reads: “We miss our kids.” Photograph credit: Miguel Angel Carpizo-Ituarte.   The accompanying story can be located on Huffington Post 

What is the Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of Detaining a Person
Who Cannot Prove They […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Crazy Mexican Border Politics post 9-11

Crazy Mexican Border Politics Post 9-11**
Elvia Rosales Arriola
Executive Director, WOB, INC.

State Defiance of Federal Border Control

On April 23, 2010 the Governor of Arizona signed a law passed by the legislature that allowed police officers to demand proof of citizenship to a person they have reason to suspect is in violation of the law and in […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments


The following provides basic information for persons who have been arrested and detained on suspicion of a criminal offense or of being in violation of the immigration laws by being in this country and working without valid non-citizen work permits. Wherever possible there are links to relevant websites where more detailed […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

Who are the targets of ICE detainers?

The Department of Homeland Security, through its Border Security  division daily apprehends and subsequently detains through the division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) thousands of persons believed to be present in the U.S.A. without proper travel or work visas.

Query — Is the detention process currently in use essential to fulfilling the DHS’s mission of protecting […]

By |July 30th, 2014|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

for the everyday Consumer (poem)

For the everyday Consumer

It’s not my story to tell
but it must be told
must be heard

and if it was really heard, don’t you know,
the entire empire would crumble,
brought to its knees

your life would turn itself
inside out.

it’s not my story to tell
but i find i’m standing in the story, holding it with bare hands
in these Levi
with this
Colombian […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Table on U.S. Trade Agreements (242)

Name of Trade Agreement Between
    Summary of Agreement
Benefits Under Agreement

Agreement On Global Technical Regulations For Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment And Parts
This Agreement establishes a process for the joint development of global technical regulations to ensure the safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency and anti-theft performance of wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts. These global regulations are intended to […]

By |October 12th, 2012|Documentary Work, NAFTA, Research|0 Comments