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law prof emeritus, lawyer, writer.

Juanita Lopez Torres (1969-2013)

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 […]

By |April 8th, 2013|News Links Blogs|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

Data on Maquiladoras

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

News, Links, Blogs

Alternative Radio
Democracy Now
The Daily Beast
Frontera NorteSur
Huffington Post
Mother Jones
The Nation
New York Times

Prensa Latina
RT News

The Guardian

Washington Post
U.S. Womenwatch
Said It
Scholar and Feminist Online
Wall Street Journal

Women’s Feature Service
Women in the News (The Gender Wire)


Americas Program

Border Network for Human Rights

Center for American […]

By |August 6th, 2012|News Links Blogs|0 Comments

Yoga for Maquiladora Workers


Everyone who knows anything about the conditions for working women in the NAFTA factories at the border knows that on the whole workers’ bodies are treated like cogs in the wheel of production.

It is a shame, but true.  The average workday is too long.  The pay too little.  The time […]

By |July 20th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Just Breathe: Yoga for Maquiladora Workers

Just Breathe: Recovery for the Body of the Maquiladora Worker 

Elvia Rosales Arriola, Executive Director, WOMEN ON THE BORDER

What if Women on the Border, as an aspect of our mission to educate,  could take stress- relief training to the women in the maquiladoras?  What if some of that stress-relief training were grounded in the ancient practice of […]

By |July 20th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

NAFTA and Immigration: Connecting the Dots

A comment by Elvia Arriola, Board Member, Women on the Border.

Why do contemporary proponents of immigration reform ignore the connections between increased migration of people looking for work in the U.S. and the changes in both the Mexican and U.S. domestic economies pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?   To labor activists the […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Mission of Women on the Border

Women on the Border is a Texas-based 501c3 non profit organization engaged in educational projects involving contact with women who are fighting against abuses by U.S. based investor corporations under the North American Free Trade Agreement. We are dedicated to supporting the workers in their efforts to bring about justice in the maquiladoras.  They complain […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

What is a Maquiladora?

The term “maquiladora” has been equated with “sweatshop.” It is a place where workers get no respect, where they are treated like machines not humans, where they often have to  use toxic chemicals without proper safety gear.  The chemicals or machinery sometimes makes them sick or causes grave injury or even death.   Sick workers […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

What is NAFTA?


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994. It superseded the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. It is […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments