At least 15 people were killed during Thursday afternoon and evening in Juarez in a series of multiple homicide incidents… In one of these events, three women were shot to death. One of the victims is reported to be a minor. In all, 18 people have been killed in the first 4 days of 2018. molly
The articles below from El Diario de Juarez summarize the bad news in terms of violence in the city in 2017. There were a total of 88 homicides in December, making the last month the most violent of the year. There were 772 total homicides in 2017–a 43% increase over the number of homicides in 2016. There are some differences in the numbers that I’ve kept over the years and those published in El Diario. I think this comes from exactly which municipals are included in the counts for each year. A separate article yesterday reported a total of 94 homicides of women in 2017. (Another summary article said 96, so I recorded 95 in my tally). Either number comes out to 12.3 percent of the total victims being women in 2017–this is a significant increase over last year. Still, the average percentage of female homicides (compared to the totals) comes to 9.4 percent from 1993–present.
|Juarez Homicides by Gender|
|Women||Total Homicides||% female victims|
Con 88 homicidios, es diciembre el más violento
Luz del Carmen Sosa/
El Diario de Juárez | Martes 02 Enero 2018 | 00:01:00 hrs
Suman 7 mujeres asesinadas en el mes
El Diario de Juárez | Domingo 31 Diciembre 2017 | 00:01:00 hrs
Alcanza violencia nivel de hace 5 años
El Diario de Juárez | Lunes 01 Enero 2018 | 00:01:00 hrs
Her husband murdered, her son taken away, a mother seeking asylum tells a judge, ‘I have lost everything’
December 29, 2017 Updated: December 30, 2017 10:55pm
EL PASO – The boy was crying as federal agents ordered him into the government vehicle. Tell your mother goodbye, they said.
It was late October, and Blanca Vasquez and her 12-year-old son, Luis, had only been in the United States for a few hours. They had crossed the Rio Grande near El Paso, giving themselves up to Border Patrol agents to ask for asylum. A gang in El Salvador had murdered her husband, a military sergeant, and she said they were now after Luis.
For decades, hundreds of thousands of immigrant families from Central America, escaping gang violence and political persecution, have followed a similar path, relying on international treaties protecting those seeking asylum from being summarily turned away.
Vasquez figured she and Luis would be detained, or even released, while she fought for asylum. A 20-year-old federal settlement that bars the extended detention of migrant children would ensure they stayed together.
But that was then. This summer, the practice changed.