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

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

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

Border Delegation: The Journey of an Immigrant, May 17-20, 2012

From Veracruz to Austin and Back:
The Journey of an Immigrant
May 17 (Thurs. evening) to May 20 (Sun. evening) 2012

Delegation sponsored by Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera in partnership with Women on the Border#

Since 1999 the ATCF quarterly program of solidarity delegations visiting maquiladora workers in Mexico at the border has examined the impact of […]

By |April 3rd, 2012|ACTIVISM, Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Delegation to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, October 7-9, 2011





Flyer announcement by delegation organizers, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (ATCF).

Travel is for a three-day weekend beginning with an orientation session the Thursday night before departure on a Friday morning, from Austin, Texas.

Click here for more information on delegations to the Mexican border.

By |August 18th, 2011|ACTIVISM, Immigration & Detention|0 Comments




Women, especially poor women, continue to play a significant role in the work of global employment.  American companies have been relocating to Mexico since 1965, and with the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, cross-border trade has expanded with new factories being […]

By |June 15th, 2011|NAFTA|0 Comments

Comment: Linking the Global Economy to Violence…

Linking the Global Economy to Violence Against Women: The Case of the Ciudad Juarez Murders (2007)

by Elvia Rosales Arriola

The “maquiladora murders”  a popular subject for writing and activism by feminists in the first decade of the 21st century and inspiration for numerous forms of art, literary fiction and commentaries, international conferences, movies, and marches on […]

By |June 13th, 2011|ACTIVISM|0 Comments