The Dignity and Justice Maquiladora:
A Dream on Hold
**Dr. Judith Rosenberg, January 2012


One July morning in 2001, I was snooping around the offices of the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os in Piedras Negras. I was teaching English to the workers’ children and waiting for the class to arrive. In a small back room, which housed a […]

By |November 16th, 2015|ACTIVISM|0 Comments

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


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

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|2 Comments

Data on Maquiladoras

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