Seeing Artesia | Ending Artesia

Thanks to Taylor Levy, BIA Certified Representative at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, for sending these links… -molly

Clio Sady, a professional artist, and her father, Steve Sady, a federal public defendant, volunteered with the pro bono legal team in November 2014. They published the following visual essay about the detention center in Artesia, using Clio’s drawing and courtroom sketches (photography was not permitted in the center).

https://insidewitness.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/click-here.pdf

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Stephen Manning, an attorney from Immigrant Law Group in Portland, Oregon, was a key player in the pro bono project established in Artesia. He published an exceptionally comprehensive report detailing the efforts of this project.

https://innovationlawlab.org/the-artesia-report/

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More information about Artesia and family detention in general is available here:

http://www.aila.org/detention

Families continue to be detained at federal facilities in Dilley, Texas and Karnes, Texas. To support the pro bono efforts of teams in these facilities, please consider the following:

To Volunteer (attorneys and paralegals strongly preferred):
http://www.raicestexas.org/

Raising bond funds to help get families out of Karnes:
http://www.raicestexas.org/#!bondfund/c19h2

Karnes Amazon Wishlist for Post-Detention Care Packages:
http://www.raicestexas.org/#!blank/chgi

Dilley Bond Fund for Refugees:
http://www.gofundme.com/bond4refugees

13 Disappeared Per Day During EPN Tenure…Proceso

A new study of reported disappearances in the official statistics in Mexico shows that during the EPN administration (Dec 2012-present) there have been 13 disappearances each day–a total of 9,384 people in 22 months. This is more than double to rate of disappearances registered during the previous administration of Felipe Calderon. These are some of the findings from an examination of the databases of the National Register of Missing or Disappeared Persons from Jan 2007-Oct 2014 maintained by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. The database contains a total of 26,569 cases. The article below is an excerpt from the current issue of Proceso, 1997. It includes this link to numbers of disappearances per state. – Molly

Con Peña Nieto, 13 Desaparecidos Al Día (Proceso)

7 People Murdered So Far This Weekend In Juarez

At least 7 people have been killed in violent incidents in Juarez so far this weekend. On Saturday a municipal policeman was shot but survived the attack and injured the shooter. The policeman was taken to the hospital. Later on Saturday, near midnight, 5 people were killed and at least 4 others were injured when an “armed comando” attacked a house party in the Colonia Felipe Angeles. The report says at least 30 people were at the party–a birthday celebration–and included women and children. The attackers also set fire to several vehicles on the property. The owner of the house ran a tortilleria.

In another area of the city known as Granjero, a couple were attacked and the man was killed. The woman apparently survived. People in the area indicated that in the past several days there have been several execution-style murders and the residents are fearful.

Early Sunday morning, a man was executed at the Tequila Bar in the Pronaf zone near the Plaza de las Americas mall (this is a traditional tourist zone near the UACJ and the Las Americas bridge to central El Paso). -Molly

Mexico Violence: Dozens Of Bodies Uncovered In Acapulco…BBC

For those who believe that the violence is diminishing in Mexico… Consider the fact that we have no idea how (or IF) the mass killings happening now along the border in Tamaulipas or these mass graves in Guerrero even get into the official statistics. More details below from Animal Politico.

Mexico Police Find Dozens Of Bodies In Acapulco (BBC News)

Hallan 60 Cadáveres En Crematorio Abandonado En Acapulco; Dueño Ya Tiene Orden De Localización (Animal Politico)

Political Asylum Granted to Juan Frayre Escobedo, Son of Marisela Escobedo

More than 4 years after the murder of his mother, Juan Manuel Frayre Escobedo, son of Juarez activist Marisela Escobedo, was granted political asylum by an immigration judge in San Antonio, Texas… Marisela was murdered in front of the governor’s palace in Chihuahua on Dec 16 2010. At the time of her death, she was protesting the release of the murderer of her daughter Rubi. That murder case is still unsolved. -Molly

Asila EU A Hijo De Activista Asesinada En Chihuahua (El Diario)

Estados Unidos Otorga Asilo Politico Al Hijo De La Activista Marisela Escobedo (Sin Embargo)

37 homicides in Juarez in January 2015

El Diario reports the statistics from the state fiscalia: There were 37 homicides in Juarez and the Valle de Juarez in January 2015. This is higher than January 2014 or 2013. Three of the victims were women, 8% of the total. The deaths of the women were determined to be related to “narcomenudeo”–the local retail drug trade. Details are provided for one incident that took place on January 2: Claudia Nohemí Figueroa Figueroa, 31, was presumed to be at a party in a hotel room where she worked as a prostitute. She was apparently surprised trying to steal some cocaine during the party, for which she was severely beaten and then strangled. Her body was then thrown out of a window and more than 3 hours passed during which her murderers destroyed the evidence and left the scene.

 

 

Murders And Disappearances In Juarez And The Valle De Juarez This Weekend

In the past couple of days there have been at least 4 murders in separate incidents in Juarez. Also, yesterday, 4 men were abducted in the Valle de Juarez. Also in today’s El Diario, anonymous residents in the Valle de Juarez report that many people have been killed or disappeared and that entire families are fleeing to the US. The links to these stories are below… And a brief note from Canal 44 on the abductions in the Valle de Juarez yesterday.  -molly

January 23-24

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_9d36006c/matan-con-arma-blanca-a-uno-en-la-colonia-vista-hermosa-/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_99edcc61/asesinan-a-hombre-en-la-colonia-la-cuesta/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_dc65ceb0/identifican-a-tres-de-7-asesinados-el-jueves/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-23_643fdb57/familiares-localizan-a-mujer-muerta-en-su-vivienda/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_7eb6c999/hallan-cuerpo-de-hombre-en-vivienda-de-la-canada/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_ad871969/denuncian-levanton-de-4-personas-en-el-valle/

http://diario.mx/Local/2015-01-24_71283b39/denuncian-omision-de-informacion-en-caso-de-victimado-en-el-porvenir/

Calderon’s Design For US Immigration Policy

Calderon’s wisdom now available on the world stage…a little late to the game. This is precisely the phenomenon described by Roberto Saviano back in 2005: http://www.amazon.com/Gomorrah-Personal-Journey-International-Organized/dp/0312427794

And no mention of the fact that it was Calderon’s deployment of the military that spiked the violence to levels not seen before in many regions of his country…all with United States aid and approval… and so it continues under EPN https://twitter.com/search?q=%23eselestado&src=typd

Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don’t Want To Become US Citizens (IBTimes)

7 murders in Juarez Jan 22

Jan 23rd:

El Diario posted a note after 11pm with the 7th murder victim of the day. A man killed inside his mechanic shop.  I note that the “ejecutan” verb is coming back into the headlines… This term is used for those assumed to be killed in drug-gang-related disputes. It means that there will be no police investigation. – Molly

Ejecutan A Hombre Dentro De Su Taller Mecánico (El Diario) 

Sicarios Entran A Taller Mecánico Y Ejecutan Al Dueño (La Parada Digital)

Jan 22:

There were 2 more murders this afternoon in Juarez, bring the total for the day so far to 6.  The 5th victim was driving with his wife in the colonia Nuevo Hipodromo when his attackers chased the car and forced him out and shot him in front of his wife. Later, the body of another man was found inside an abandoned store in the El Barreal neighborhood. He had been tortured and wrapped in a blanket.

No one was apprehended in either incident.  molly

Tiran un encobijado en El Barreal (El Diario) 

Lo bajan de auto y lo asesinan frente a su esposa (El Diario) 

Four homicides were reported in Juarez before 8:00 am this morning. Three men were shot to death inside a house in Barrio Azul. Another man was found tied up and wrapped in a blanket inside his house in another neighborhood. – Molly

Hallan muerto a su compañero de trabajo (El Diario)

Asesinan a tres hombres en casa de la colonia Barrio Azul (El Diario)

Refutation That The Normalistas Were Incinerated At Cocula…

Thanks to Jim Creechan for these links to updates on the killings and disappearances of the 43 students. -Molly

Reports in La Jornada and a report from CENCOS:

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/12/12/politica/008n1pol

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2015/01/07/rechaza-sedena-informacion-sobre-cremacion-de-normalistas-7481.html

http://www.cencos.org/comunicacion/cientificos-desmienten-a-pgr

Academic Investigators have refuted the claim that the normalistas were incinerated at the Cocula garbage dump. They provided a detailed analysis of why this was physically impossible. Some independent (academic) investigators have suggested that the students might have been incinerated in army crematoria or in other private crematoria. The investigators have called for the army to allow inspectors onto the base to check. The army rejects both the “possibility” that this could have happened and “access to inspect”. In fact, a letter in today’s La Jornada from a general argues that the army does NOT HAVE incinerators capable of burning bodies. Sanjuana Martínez interviewed an academic at the centre of these claims (on Sunday) and he suggested that there had been threats made against those who opposed the “official version”. On Monday, an opinion column in La Jornada warned about the growing signs of “suppression” and threats against those who oppose the official version.

Both the Mexican press and the intellectual class of Mexico continue to be worried that the ultimate government response to the missing students and the public protests will be another DIRTY WAR. And I’m guessing that these fears are even greater today after the announcement the death of one of the iconic voices of free speech [ Julio Scherer Garcia (Proceso publisher)died early this morning–http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/julio-scherer-garcia-journalist-and-irritant-of-politicians-dies-at-88/2015/01/07/a50ebb82-96a0-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html ].