Category Archives: Immigration & Detention

Maquila Zoned Out (poem)

Maquila  Zoned Out Crushing Barely begins to capture The weight of the grief That sits Mountain sized Upon my soul As a departing visitor to El Paso/Ciudad Juarez A land of divides Rich and poor Brown and white Citizen and … Continue reading

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Resources for Buying Fair Trade

World Shoppe TransFair USA FairTrade.org (UK) Shop Globally, Shop Fairly at Mercado Global (Global MarketPlace) Handmade Fair Trade Products CO-OP America, The Green Pages GLOBAL EXCHANGE: The Fair Trade Store Online OXFAM International and Fair Trade Fair Trade Certified – … Continue reading

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Señorita Extraviada/Young Missing Woman

Srta Extraviada/Young Missing Woman In 2002, filmmaker Lourdes Portillo released her documentary Señorita Extraviada, or Young Missing Woman on the subject of the disappearances of hundreds of young women and girls, many of them workers in the NAFTA factories, who … Continue reading

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Delegations: Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

Why Go on a Delegation?    Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (ATCF) ATCF organizes quarterly delegations to visit maquiladora workers and communities along the Mexico-U.S. border. The Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s (CFO: Border Committee of Workers) hosts each group’s … Continue reading

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Julia, Monarrez, Serial Sexual Femicide

Serial Sexual Femicide in Ciudad Juárez: 1993-2001 Julia Monárrez Fragoso In memory of Guillermina Valdés-Villalba DEBATE FEMENISTA, 13th Edition, Vol. 25, April 2002. We aren’t talking about the final moments of these children and women. We are talking about a … Continue reading

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Debbie Nathan, Missing the Story

  Missing the Story Debbie Nathan (from The Texas Observer, August 30, 2002) …The victim, 17, was beaten to death in her parent’s home by her boyfriend, 27. They had two children. He said he murdered her because she was … Continue reading

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Is it safe to travel to the Mexican border?

In its 10th year, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera is taking another delegation to MEXICO, Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, May 20-22, 2011 to meet maquiladora workers who share their stories about life under NAFTA.   Coordinator Judy Rosenberg has this to … Continue reading

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Student Reflections: Cynthia N. Edwards

Life at the Border by Cynthia N. Edwards (NIU 1st year student in 2006) from the delegation to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, October 13-15, 2006   In October 2006, I participated in a delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border.  As part of the 12 person … Continue reading

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Yvonne Lapp Cryns Reflection

Report on the NIU Delegation to Mexico by Yvonne Lapp Cryns (2005) Have you ever given any thought to who sews the pants and shirts you wear? Who makes your Nike shoes? Who put the electrical system together for your … Continue reading

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Pictures from visits to Ciudad Acuña

The disparities at the border are obvious… fancy offices for the maquiladora owners, poor and run down housing for the workers… who have children Worker’s Housing,  Cd. Acuña

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