Congressman Reyes shows favoritism to family members: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Report…

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics “Family Affairs” report notes
favoritism to family members in US congressional actions.  Silvestre Reyes
of El Paso is at the top of the list of congressman awarding family members
with money, according to the article in El Diario de El Paso posted below.

Citizens for Ethics Report

Family Affair Report Details Favoritism in Congress

Exhibe reporte a congresistas que favorecen a familiares; Silvestre Reyes entre ellos



Mexicanos en Exilio–Asylum Project events in Austin, TX, March 26-29

A series of events will be held in Austin, March 26-29 regarding political
asylum for Mexicans fleeing the violence.
Details are available at the Mexicanos en Exilio Facebook page and in the
attached flyer. An outline of the scheduled events is below.

Mexicanos en el Exilio Facebook

Mexicanos en el Exilio Twitter

The Asilo/Asylum Project seeks to inform the University of Texas and
off‐‑campus communities about

the injustices and violence in Mexico by sponsoring a weeklong set of
activities around asylum cases

represented by *Mexicanos en el Exilio*. We also intend to build long-term
support in Austin for future

cases of asylum seekers from Mexico. Our asylum guests have faced
incredible life-threatening

violence and have been forced to leave their homes. We are offering them an
opportunity to voice

their concerns, fears, and hopes for themselves, their families, and their


*Monday, March 26*

*Limited Space Available*

*Welcome dinner hosted by the*

*Project Asilo Committee at Takoba*

*Restaurant, 1411 E 7th Street, Austin,*

*78702 at*

*7:30 p.m. RSVP required at*

* by*

*Monday, March 19.*

*Tuesday, March 27*

*Event Free & Open to the Public*

*Panel Discussion on Asylum for*


*Chair: Carlos Spector*

*SAC 1.118*

*3:00—5:00 p.m.*

*Wednesday, March 28*

*Free & Open to the Public*

*Public Forum on Asylum for Mexico*

*Sponsored by The Texas Observer*

*UT-°©‐‑Austin Hillel Center*

*7—9 p.m.*

*Asylum Speakers: Cipriano Jurado,*

*Juan Escobedo, Jorge Reyes; Chair:*

*Carlos Spector and Melissa del Bosque.*

*RSVP required at:*


*Thursday, March 29*

*Limited Space Available*

*Passover Seder*

*Aside from ceremony, special guests*

*and invited asylum speakers will speak.*

*For more information, please contact:*

Emilio Zamora, Professor, Department of History, University of Texas at
Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-0220 512 475-8706, 512 739-0168*

Toll of Mexican Crime Wave, Written in Faces on the Wall—nyt

I’m certain that this art project fulfills the Hippocratic
Oath–“First, Do No Harm…” After that, I am struck by these two

“Three months after the first image went up, that has not happened.
Crime in the neighborhood has also not declined. Residents say there
is still a shooting once a week on average.”

In Juarez, the killings are still running about 3 per day…one per
week would be a real victory.

“Like hope itself, however, the photos have proved hard to hold onto.
Of the 35 that were originally hung up, only about 10 have survived.
The rest have been destroyed by storms or stolen by neighbors who used
the vinyl they are printed on as roofs for their homes. Basic needs
like shelter, it seems, still trump conversation.”

needs no comment.  molly

Toll of Mexican Crime Wave Written in Face on the Wall

In Mexico, a Kidnapping Ignored as Crime Worsens–NYTimes

Note the information here on the levels of impunity… the 2% figure
is often quoted and actually, it is worse. Two percent is generally
cited as the percentage of crimes that go to some kind of judicial
process—it does not imply that anyone is convicted or sentenced for
the crime… in the case of kidnappings, the figure is even worse
since almost none of the crimes are even reported… m.

In Mexico, a Kidnapping Ignored as Crime Worsens


5 killed yesterday in Juarez; total of 43 so far in March; 242 for the year

Here’s an attempt to summarize the last few days in terms of the violence
in Juarez.  According to these articles, as of Sunday, a total of 38 people
had been victims of homicide in the month of March. Monday there were 5
murders, so by the best count I have is 43 in March and a total of 242
people killed so far this year–or an average of 3.3 people per day.  That
is less than the daily averages in 2008-2011, however, the death toll as of
March 12 is higher than it was at this time in 2008. Seven of the March
victims are female, including the 10 yr old girl stabbed to death in her
home on March 3. ALSO, posted below is a statement by Fiscal Jorge Gonzalez
Nicolas, more or less saying that yes, the beheadings, killings of police,
and other recent “high impact” crimes, are attempts by one of the rival
forces to show their enemies and society in general that they are still
here and still fighting. But they really aren’t–they are just carrying out
these killings to make people think they are… Well, that is not exactly
what it says, but read the original and the google translation and decide
for yourself. molly

Murders per day:

2007 – 0.86

2008 – 4.4

2009 – 7.5

2010 – 9.9

2011 – 5.7

For the Google translation, click here
Here are a few more attempts below to explain the brutality of recent
killings in Juarez…as someone who looks at the news stories almost every
day, there is really no anomaly to try to explain.  What is an anomaly are
the boasting pronouncements of politicians and policy analysts about how
everything is getting better.  We should recall that in mid-2008, several
politicians including the governor of Chihuahua and the mayor of Juarez
made statements to the press saying that the conflict was over and that
tranquility and normalcy would return.  Instead, the violence continued to
grow to unforeseen levels. The killings are down in number this year so
far. But, they are still higher than they were at the beginning of 2008
when no one could imagine what was to come next.  The only way to look at
the current killings as a great improvement is to consider the horrifying
statistics of 2010. But the killings in Juarez so far this year are more
than triple what they were in 2007 and every year before that. molly*

Mexican drug cartels ‘operating in the UK, France and Netherlands’ —ICE training the Brits in El Paso…

I suppose it is not really funny, but there is something funny about El
Paso ICE training British secret agents in El Paso… Have they run out of
plots for James Bond movies? As we know, the violence doesn’t follow much,
even across the trickle of the Rio Grande…much less the North Atlantic.
This is an economic system. The criminals (including their interests and
partners inside the governments) know that the money flows best when the
violence stays in Mexico and Central America. molly

Mexican drug cartels ‘operating in the UK, France and Netherlands’

Juarez residents inject thousands of dollars into El Paso political campaigns

Based on the campaign donation database at, El Diario de El Paso reports on contributions from wealthy Juarenses with dual nationality to Texas political campaigns thru PACS AND SUPERPACS. A google translation is posted below…

Story by Lorena Figueroa

To view Google translation, click here

3 killed yesterday in Juarez; 16 in March and 220 for the year

Yesterday, a shootout around 10:00pm killed 3 people and wounded 2 others.
Two of the dead were women. So far today, 4 people are dead in reported
killings in Juarez. Not counting today’s incidents, the total from March 1-6 is now 16. Since January 1 2012, there have been about 220 homicides in Juarez. Since 2008, the homicide toll is now about 13,305—the average is still about 6.8 people per day victims of homicide in Ciudad Juarez.



El Diario

Acribillan a guardia de seguridad en la Aguirre Laredo

Acribillan a 5; mueren tres

Mexico judge orders probe into killings of women…via AP and a commentary

Thanks to Gordon for sending this one on attention to killings of women in
Mexico state.  Interestingly, during all the years that the murders of
women in Juarez was the main story (roughly 1993-2007), the percentage of
murder victims who were women was between 8 and 15 percent of the total
number of victims. During all of those years, the number of people killed
totaled about 3,500 and about 427 of those victims were women.  Also, the
study on homicide in Mexico, 1990-2007, by Fernando Escalante* compared
homicide statistics from all Mexican states and some cities. The ratio of
female to male victims was about the same in all regions. In fact, more
women were victimized in some fo the central Mexican states than in Juarez
and Chihuahua.

The characteristic that stood out in terms of Juarez victims
is that they were younger than those in other regions. I think this
probably correlates with the fact that Juarez (and other northern border
cities) at the time was an attractive place for young migrants in Mexico
due to the availability of factory jobs. That said, none of the existing
statistics indicate a significant increase in the numbers of female
homicides during those years. In 2008, when the hyperviolence began in
Juarez, more women were killed too, but the percentages went down–I
believe because by far the largest number of people involved in the gang
and drug-war-related violence were and are young men.

Averaged for all the years between 1993 and 2011, the percentage of women victims is about 9 percent in Juarez. It is probably on average a higher percentage in places where the drug violence is not so intense as the numbers of women killed in domestic and other “normal” kinds of violence will not be so out-numbered by the overwhelmingly male killings in other kinds of violent crime. When the killings of men increase, the killings of women increase also.++
FBI crime statistics for the US show that the percentage of murder victims
who are women is fairly constant at 20-22 percent. I looked at the
statistics from 1999-2009.

That said, any attention to the killings of women and all attempts to
change the reigning impunity for those who commit violent crimes against
women, children and men in Mexico is an improvement.

Below I posted a few references and also attached a graphic showing the
ratio of women’s homicides compared to total homicides in Juarez from
1993-2011.  molly molloy

Mexico Judge Orders Probe into Killings of Women

By Olga R. Rodriguez, AP

Statistics from the Attorney General of Chihuahua as reported in El Diario
and other sources:

1993 123 19 15%  1994 234 19 8%  1995 294 36 12%  1996 253 37 15%  1997 260
32 12%  1998 242 36 15%  1999 176 18 10%  2000 250 32 13%  2001 247 37 15%
2002 276 36 13%  2003 205 28 14%  2004 202 19 9%  2005 207 33 16%  2006 253
20 8%  2007 316 25 8%  2008 1623 87 5%  2009 2754 164 6%  2010 3622 304 8%
2011 2086 196 9%  TOTALS 13623 1178 9%

A Statistical Evaluation of Femicide Rates in Mexican cities along the US-Mexico Border

by Pedro H. Albuquerque &  Prasad R. Vemala