Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge…GUARDIAN

By Molly Molloy. NOTE from the article: The scale of US financial support for Mexican immigration control is opaque. At least $100m has been spent or pledged for training, new equipment and canine teams, according to Congressional Research Service. There are no human rights conditions attached to this aid. Department of Defence aid is separate and unknown.The INM said it has “never received a peso” from the US.



Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge

31 homicides in March; 5 killed in multiple homicide and explosion on April 1; 97 murders in 2016

​By
Molly Molloy

During the month of March there were 28 homicides in the city of Juarez, 4 more murders in the towns of the Valle de Juarez and three bodies were found in clandestine graves–one in the city and 2 in the Valle. The article mentions that all of the murder victims in the city were men. In the article published in El Diario yesterday, the spokesman for the Fiscalia says these numbers are not yet finalized and he denied that there has been an increase in homicides in the city. He attributed the majority of the killings to "settling accounts" [ajustes] between organized crime groups. Also, that most of the killings can be attributed to "narcomenudeo" — the retail drug business in the city. Note: this is the usual official language used to present all of the murder victims as criminals and thus, of no importance.

No sooner had this summary article (posted below) at midnight on April 1, that a house exploded in the neighborhood of Arecas in the southeast area of Juarez. Inside the house were the bodies of 5 murder victims–3 women and 2 men ranging in age from 20 to 50. The victims hands and feet were bound and they were killed by knife blows to the neck and then the house was apparently blown up to destroy the evidence of the killings. As of the news in this morning’s paper, none of the victims have been identified. Anonymous neighbors said that the house had been rented by two men who went by the nicknames "El Cubano" and "El Guerito".

This multiple homicide broke a string of 4 days without a murder in the city.

Adding together the tallies for the city and the towns of the Valle, I have these figures so far for the year:

January — 37

February — 23 + 15 bodies found

March — 31 (28 in the city + 4 in the Valle) + 3 bodies found

April — 6 (the 5 bodies in Las Arecas + one other homicide on April 1.

A total of 97 homicides + 18 bodies found.

Cimbran masacre y explosión en Las Arecas

Staff/

El Diario | Sábado 02 Abril 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Cierra marzo con 28 homicidios

Staff/

El Diario | Viernes 01 Abril 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Mexican military acquits killers / information shutdown on Tlatlaya massacre…Guardian

By Molly Molloy

See also this report from EL PAIS:

La justicia militar libra de cargos a los militares acusados de la masacre de Tlatlaya

La justicia castrense absuelve a seis de los siete elementos implicados y condena a un año al séptimo, tiempo que ya ha cumplido. La justicia civil acusa del homicidio de ocho personas a tres soldados

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/30/mexico-soldiers-acquitted-killing-22-people-tlatlaya

Mexican soldiers charged with killing 22 people acquitted, rights group reveals

Decision not to convict six of seven soldiers in 2014 murder at Tlatlaya grain warehouse symbolizes country’s lack of military accountability, group said

Police Arrested in Disappearance of 3 Youths in Papantla, Veracruz…Proceso

By
Molly Molloy

Thanks to Jonas for this translation and summary of:Noé Zavaleta, “Consignan a 7 policías de Papantla por desaparición de 3 jóvenes” Proceso, 03/28/2016​ ​
http://www.proceso.com.mx/

Police Arrested in Disappearance of 3 Youths in Papantla, Veracruz

summary/translation by Jonas Hamilton (jamesjonashamilton):

Summary:

On the morning of Monday 03/28/2016 agents of the District Attorney for the State of Veracruz arrested the Municipal Police chief (Secretario de Seguridad Publica) and six officers from the Municipality of Papantla. The detained officers were linked by eye-witness accounts, interviews and forensic evidence to the 03/19 abduction of three youths from Papantla. The incident is only the latest in a series of forced disappearances involving Municipal Police in other municipalities in Veracruz: e.g. 6 youths in the Puerto de Veracruz in December of 2013, 19-55 people in Actopan, Atoyac and Córdoba in 2013,[2] and 5 youths in Tierra Blanca (01/11/16), who were later found to have been handed over to members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación, by whom they were ostensibly killed and incinerated,[3] The official narrative of the Tierra Blanca incident is strikingly similar to the “verdad historica” of the 43 missing normalistas from Ayotzinapa.

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Project Shadowfire…Nationwide ICE operation

By Molly Molloy

So, in browsing the El Diario headlines this morning, I saw this:

Detienen a 80 pandilleros trasnacionales en área de EP

Alberto Ponce de León
El Diario de El Paso | Lunes 28 Marzo 2016 | 12:32 hrs

A brief google search turned up nothing in the El Paso Times, but I did find this (VERY SELF-LAUDTORY) press release from ICE: (full text posted below) and also several national stories that essentially just quote the government press release…. Note these astonishing statistics…

More than 130 people were accused of immigration violations, and about 80 were arrested because of open warrants.

Agents seized 150 firearms and more than $70,000 in American currency, officials said.

U.S. Anti-Gang Sweep Yields Over 1,100 Arrests

By MIKE McPHATEMARCH 28, 2016

03/28/2016

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ICE arrests more than 1,100 in operation targeting gangs

More than 40,000 arrested since inception of Operation Community Shield in 2005

At least 4 people found murdered in Juarez over the weekend

The murders of at least 4 people have been reported in the past few days in Juarez and the Valle de Juarez. A man was found dead, apparently shot to death after being tortured around Km 17 on the Casas Grandes Highway today… near the famous "Cerro del Caballo…"

The bodies of a man and a woman were found stabbed to death in a house in the town of El Provenir in the municipio of Praxedis in the Valle de Juarez on Saturday. The article says that a message was found near the bodies, but it doesn’t give the content of the message.
Also in the Valle, in the area of Caseta, in the municipio of Guadalupe the headless body of a man was found alongside an irrigation canal on Friday. It is assumed that the body is of the man whose head was found in the area on Thursday. The article says that some children had found the body wrapped in some bags and other material and they notified military personnel at a checkpoint after calls to emergency 066 were apparently ignored.

Hallan hombre muerto en brecha del Cerro del Caballo

El Diario | Domingo 27 Marzo 2016 | 17:49 hrs

Asesinan a pareja en El Porvenir

Luz del Carmen Sosa/

El Diario | Sábado 26 Marzo 2016 | 21:09 hrs

Hallan un cuerpo decapitado en Caseta

Staff/El Diario | Domingo 27 Marzo 2016 | 00:00:00 hrs

Blackmailing Media Outlets An Ongoing Problem In Mexico…Fronteras Desk

Audio and text of story at the link…Thanks to Fronteras Desk reporter Michel Marizco for sending this story to the list…

"For consideration on the frontera list, I wanted to submit my story on the former newspaper editor-in-chief now accused of extorting news media outlets in the northwestern state of Sonora."

Blackmailing Media Outlets An Ongoing Problem In Mexico

​Audio:​

http://fronterasdesk.org/content/10250/blackmailing-media-outlets-ongoing-problem-mexico

Book presentation. Elia Hatfield: Por los caminos del norte: relatos de mujeres de la frontera

BOOK PRESENTATION AT NMSU CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND BORDER STUDIES/NASON HOUSE / flyer attached

Tuesday December 10, 6:45-7:30 pm
NMSU Nason House / (University Ave and Espina St., across from FedEx/Kinko’s)

The book will be presented by Prof. Jesus Barquet, with commentary from Prof. Gabriela Moreno, Department of Languages & Linguistics, NMSU. All of the presentations will be in SPANISH. Q&A in English or Spanish. Books will be available for sale. Reception to follow the presentations.

Elia Hatfield: POR LOS CAMINOS DEL NORTE: RELATOS DE MUJERES DE LA FRONTERA

Este libro teje su trama a partir de los relatos de mujeres que intentan cruzar hacia Estados Unidos. Aunque no todas logran su propósito, consiguen levantar su voz para defender lo que perciben como justicia, denunciando lo visible e invisible de una frontera siempre presente en los relatos asociados a la aventura de cruzarla. A través de Ana, los lectores conocerán las historias de algunas mujeres que, al intentar cruzar la frontera norte de México, han quedado varadas en ese lugar liminar representado por Ciudad Juárez, y se convierten en testigos cotidianos, e incluso víctimas, de la violencia y el conflicto del narcotráfico.

Presentador: Dr. Jesús J. Barquet, profesor, NMSU

Comentarista: Dra. Gabriela Moreno, profesora asistente, NMSU

Con esta actividad, CLABS celebra el final del semestre de Invierno 2013.

Place/Lugar: NASON HOUSE (University Ave and Espina St., across from FedEx/Kinko’s).

Day/Día: Martes, 10 de diciembre, 2013 / Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Time/Hora: 6:45 – 7:30 pm.

El libro estará a la venta.

Entrada gratis y abierta al público de NMSU y la comunidad.

La actividad es en español, pero el público puede expresarse en inglés.

Habrá una recepción al final de la actividad.

elia flyer.pdf

160,000 children of deported Mexican parents under state custody in the US…report

A report from the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI) in Mexico reports that some 160.000 children of Mexican parents who have been deported are now in state custody in the US and may be offered for adoption. An article below from La Jornada gives a brief summary. The full report from IMUMI is available at this link:
http://uf.imumi.org/recursos/ahora_hacia_donde_completo.pdf

More from IMUMI here: http://imumi.org/

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2013/12/01/bajo-custodia-oficial-de-eu-cerca-de-160-mil-hijos-de-mexicanos-8740.html

Bajo custodia oficial de EU cerca de 160 mil hijos de mexicanos

Why so many people in Mexico still go missing…Deborah Bonello in Global Post

Deborah Bonello of GLOBAL POST sent this excellent video on the missing in Mexico. The video is about 7 minutes and worth the time.

On Location: Why so many people in Mexico still go missing

By: Deborah Bonello
September 20, 2013 – 12:41am

COAHUILA STATE, Mexico — The federal government says 26,000 people have been reported missing across Mexico since 2006, and yet just two states have a local prosecutor’s office dedicated to the investigation of such cases.

Even there, those who have disappeared are rarely found. Some have been caught up in the drug trade; others forcibly recruited to work for the gangs. Cases of mistaken identity are also common, and some are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Across the country, very few cases are properly investigated, and reports of the involvement of authorities are frequent.