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Call for U.S. to Help End Violence Against Women in Juarez

U.S. Representative Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) have introduced legislation to encourage United States involvement in ending and solving hundreds of murders and disappearances of women in Juarez, Mexico.

House Concurrent Resolution 90 has 136 bipartisan cosponsors at this time and Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 has 17 cosponsors. The more cosponsors these resolutions have, the better their chance of making it to the House and Senate floors for a full vote.

Please write to your Congress members, and ask them to cosponsor this important legislation. If your Congress member is already a cosponsor, you can thank them for doing so and ask that they help move the legislation forward. National Organization for Women's online action center will automatically provide a sample letter for you based on your Congress member's status as a sponsor or non-sponsor.

Send letters to your House members and your Senate members. The families of these victims need your help.

Background:

For more than a decade, hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico, have disappeared. Since 1993, nearly 400 of these women's bodies have been found brutally murdered-some of them also sexually assaulted-and left in the desert or on a secluded street. A number of the missing women have never been seen again, or their bodies have yet to be identified. This year alone, 29 bodies have been found.

Many of the women are young and poor. They were raped and killed going to or from work at the maquiladora factories near the U.S. border. Some of these factories, which have been compared to sweatshops, are owned by U.S. companies.

The murders have gone unsolved for so long due to a lack of committed action from Mexican officials, and the U.S. businesses operating in the area have done little to ensure their workers' safety.

NOW has joined others in the international community in demanding an end to the violence and for final resolution and justice for the murdered women and their families.

Read about Rep. Hilda Solis' resolution.

Activist alert from NOW's Take Action! center.



 
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