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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Juárez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  16 construction of migrant working class young brown women explains the lack of a strong articulated position against the killing of them from local, state and national leaders and the civil society in general and unfortunately, such position has been a few times even among the most progressive forces. People talk about the killings of women in very ambiguous ways. Normally blaming the cholas for their deaths. People suspect of the police, of the drug smugglers, of a El Paso resident coming to the border to commit the crimes; however, they talk about the incidents in the way of rumors. Nothing seems to be clear, no one wants to be marked: there are too many reasons for killing these women, and too many influential people from the community perhaps somehow participating in the crimes. Some prevalent responses to the killing of working class young brown women. a.- A mere judicial problem The most common response to the killing of women has been treating this phenomenon as a purely judicial issue, without working on long term strategies to enhance gender relations and changing the working and living conditions of the workers in general. It is clear that violence against women will not be eliminated through piecemeal reform. Given its close ties to socially approved scripts, an alteration in those scripts may help to solve the violence. Until women are more highly valued so that their rights are deemed worth upholding, the implicit denial of the problem’s seriousness may well persists. According to Benitez, et al (1999), the files of the killed women lack methodological consistencies that make the investigations of such crimes almost impossible to clarify. However, the files provide rich and specific information about the way the victims spent their free time, specifically whether they were frequent visitors of

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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construction of migrant working class young brown women explains the lack of a strong
articulated position against the killing of them from local, state and national leaders and
the civil society in general and unfortunately, such position has been a few times even
among the most progressive forces. People talk about the killings of women in very
ambiguous ways. Normally blaming the cholas for their deaths. People suspect of the
police, of the drug smugglers, of a El Paso resident coming to the border to commit the
crimes; however, they talk about the incidents in the way of rumors. Nothing seems to be
clear, no one wants to be marked: there are too many reasons for killing these women,
and too many influential people from the community perhaps somehow participating in
the crimes.
Some prevalent responses to the killing of working class young brown women.
a.- A mere judicial problem
The most common response to the killing of women has been treating this
phenomenon as a purely judicial issue, without working on long term strategies to
enhance gender relations and changing the working and living conditions of the workers
in general. It is clear that violence against women will not be eliminated through
piecemeal reform. Given its close ties to socially approved scripts, an alteration in those
scripts may help to solve the violence. Until women are more highly valued so that their
rights are deemed worth upholding, the implicit denial of the problem’s seriousness may
well persists.
According to Benitez, et al (1999), the files of the killed women lack
methodological consistencies that make the investigations of such crimes almost
impossible to clarify. However, the files provide rich and specific information about the
way the victims spent their free time, specifically whether they were frequent visitors of


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