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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Jurez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  17 dancing halls, went out with different men, went out with homosexuals and lesbians, as if such information explained the reasons why these women were killed. The implicit idea is that the killed women had a deviant life style and therefore their deaths are a natural consequence of their low life. Misogyny not only motivates violence against women, but distorts the press coverage of such crimes as well. Femicide, rape, and battery are variously ignored or sensationalized in the media, depending on the victim’s race, class, and attractiveness (by male standards). The police, media and public response to crimes against women of color, poor women, lesbians, women prostitutes, and women drug users is particularly abysmal. Generally, it is characterized by apathy laced with pejorative stereotyping and victim-blaming They got what they deserved. For instance, the case of Emilia Garcia Hernandez, killed on February, 11 th , 1994, the file states: “la hoy occisa gustaba de acudir a salones de baile y salir con diferentes hombres.” The now deceased liked to attend dancing halls and going out with different men. In this regard Sandra Torres (2002), an activitist from the Organizacion Popular Independiente (OPI) in Cd. Juárez, stated” “It seems that it is only a matter of revising the files and that is the whole issue. This line of research is important because there have been very strange irregularities in the investigation, where for example, there has been one photo in the file of another women. And the families have to make sure that at least their file is well integrated. There has not been a good follow up of the investigation. We state that that is not everything. What is more important are the conditions that have generated such killings. These crimes are being cooked in these conditions, in this type of city that is very peculiar for its border condition. We have to approach the problem in a more comprehensive way.” Violent crimes against women have escalated in recent decades. Sonia Torres believes this increase is due to the fact that they are more reports. Although it is not yet possible to assess the number of sex-related murders in any given year, there is a general consensus that there has been a substantial rise in such

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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dancing halls, went out with different men, went out with homosexuals and lesbians, as if
such information explained the reasons why these women were killed. The implicit idea
is that the killed women had a deviant life style and therefore their deaths are a natural
consequence of their low life. Misogyny not only motivates violence against women, but
distorts the press coverage of such crimes as well. Femicide, rape, and battery are
variously ignored or sensationalized in the media, depending on the victim’s race, class,
and attractiveness (by male standards). The police, media and public response to crimes
against women of color, poor women, lesbians, women prostitutes, and women drug
users is particularly abysmal. Generally, it is characterized by apathy laced with
pejorative stereotyping and victim-blaming They got what they deserved. For instance,
the case of Emilia Garcia Hernandez, killed on February, 11
th
, 1994, the file states: “la
hoy occisa gustaba de acudir a salones de baile y salir con diferentes hombres.” The
now deceased liked to attend dancing halls and going out with different men.
In this regard Sandra Torres (2002), an activitist from the Organizacion Popular
Independiente (OPI) in Cd. Juárez, stated”
“It seems that it is only a matter of revising the files and that is the whole issue.
This line of research is important because there have been very strange
irregularities in the investigation, where for example, there has been one photo in
the file of another women. And the families have to make sure that at least their
file is well integrated. There has not been a good follow up of the investigation.
We state that that is not everything. What is more important are the conditions
that have generated such killings. These crimes are being cooked in these
conditions, in this type of city that is very peculiar for its border condition. We
have to approach the problem in a more comprehensive way.”
Violent crimes against women have escalated in recent decades. Sonia Torres
believes this increase is due to the fact that they are more reports. Although it is
not yet possible to assess the number of sex-related murders in any given year,
there is a general consensus that there has been a substantial rise in such


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