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 had been killed in and around Ciudad Juárez beginning in the early nineties.  The film received […]

By |June 13th, 2011|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

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 visit, enabling U.S. delegates to meet with workers who are defending human rights, justice and dignity in a […]

By |June 9th, 2011|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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 long and slow death.
Perhaps we’ll never know what those final moments were like, and that may […]

By |June 6th, 2011|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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 going to marry someone else.

…The victims, ages 15 and 13, were found in the house […]

By |June 6th, 2011|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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 say about the question of safety:


Safety and Danger at the US-Mexico Border:
How can we really […]

By |May 20th, 2011|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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 delegation, which was partly organized by a professor at Northern Illinois University’s College of Law I traveled to […]

By |October 16th, 2006|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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 car? Five NIU College of Law students had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and meet some […]

By |October 24th, 2005|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

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

By |October 21st, 2005|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Accountability for Corporate Abuse of Maquiladora Workers under NAFTA, Administrative Complaints v Lawsuits


by Elvia R. Arriola, J.D., M.A., Executive Director, Women on the Border
Justice in the maquiladoras can be an arduous and elusive project. While the labor rights articulated for Mexican workers are generous the biggest obstacle is enforcement of those rights. A […]

By |September 9th, 2005|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Octavio Ignacio Rosales Arriola, WOB translator (2005)

JANUARY 31, 2005

Octavio Ignacio Rosales Arriola (1955-2005)

Women on the Border, Inc. has lost a translator, friend and supporter.  Octavio Ignacio Rosales Arriola  was killed in a tragic car accident in Spain on January 29, 2005. He was 49 years old.  Octavio and his twin sister Ramona, who lived but one day, were born on June 15, […]

By |January 31st, 2005|Immigration & Detention|1 Comment