Work, pray, love…in Ciudad Juárez By Megan Cullip

This week’s guest posting is from Megan Cullip. A chaplain and mental health professional, she wrote this reflection on her time spent at Vision en Accion, the shelter for homeless, mentally disabled people in Juárez, Mexico.


In 2008, when I was in my junior year of college, I saw a YouTube video about El Pastor, a man in Juárez, Mexico who had built an asylum in the Chihuahuan desert for those who are drug addicted, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled. I had a lump in my throat within three minutes of the video. I always had both an intellectual fascination and a tender-heartedness toward people with atypical brains. El Pastor, in the video, said that people referred to the residents at the asylum as: “human trash.” But what I saw, when I went there, was far from a dump.

Fast-forward about six years, the mental asylum in Juárez had been cemented in the back of my mind for some time. I had a deeply passionate compulsion to go.

I work in a state psychiatric hospital in the United States. We serve a wide variety of individuals with a spectrum of mental health issues: schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, substance abuse, personality disorders. Because we are a state institution, we receive ample government funding. We are a multi-million dollar facility with about 1,200 staff members and, on average, 420 patients. We have professionals with lots of education and specialized experience. We have access to enough meds for everyone to receive whatever dose the doctor deems necessary, daily.

But we have codes daily. We have much conflict, patients fighting patients, patients fighting staff, patients harming themselves. We consider emergency restraints, where a patient has to be restrained in a chair or bed, “a treatment fail.” And it is.
Our patients are scheduled to attend groups throughout the day: psycho-education, medication management, spirituality group, individual counseling, music therapy etc.
But the patients rarely work with their hands, though some do get the opportunity to work in the greenhouse or the copy center. Thankfully we haven’t had to install the best selling SAD lights we used in more norther climates to help with winter blues, there are definite perks to working in the south!

Vision in Action has done something incredible without having millions of dollars to spend, nor teams of specialized professionals. I remember walking into the kitchen at the asylum. I was immediately handed a spicy dish of pork smothered in sauce and a plate of cheese quesadillas. Every morning, afternoon, and evening, the ladies and gentlemen who worked in the kitchen would offer me food-refried bean burritos with avocado slices, bottles of soda. They delivered their hospitality and quality cooking with broad smiles. They make 360 meals a day, and they don’t work in shifts.

During the day, people are working. They are cleaning, cooking, building, helping other low functioning patients perform their daily living tasks. When I was there, a new patient named Monica was dropped off from the local hospital. The other patients were at the gate waiting to receive her. She was placed in a cell for observation. She was despondent, when I asked her how she was. Monica appeared the same way many of our patients do upon their arrival at the hospital. But, as I looked around at the other patients at Vision in Action, I saw Monica’s potential. Monica would not meet with a treatment team. She would not be scheduled for groups. But I would not be surprised if, as I write this, she is putting her hand to cleaning, or laundry, or any of the other options. I wouldn’t be surprised if another patient is making friends with her and helping her adjust to this strange place of dignity and hospitality in the desert.

I had the privilege to speak at length with the medical doctor who works hard (for free) to try and give the patients the best quality of life possible. He showed me the supply of Haldol and Klonopin and other psychotropic medications that he locks in a tiny room in the asylum, out of reach from patients. If I were to take my own personal medicine cabinet, stuff it with psychotropic meds, and multiply it by three, that would be the maximum amount of medication that I found at the asylum. It was clearly not enough for 120 people, and definitely not enough for a consistent daily medication routine. The doctor told me that sometimes he has to cut one Haldol pill in half to serve two patients. It’s not enough. It’s inconsistent.

There is not a doubt in my mind that medication is helpful. And Vision in Action lacks the appropriate amount.

But there is also no question about the “success” (if you can ever talk about success when you talk about people) of this asylum. I did not see misery there. I saw sickness and poverty, yes. But I saw joy and community. I saw faith. I saw people who poured themselves out for others. I saw an energetic man in black slacks and a black blazer, named El Pastor. I saw him share the story and fundraise and care for his people, everyday crossing the border, praying to Jesus. Rabbi Abraham Heschel, when he marched to Montgomery during the civil rights movement, said: “I felt my feet were praying.” This is what I saw El Pastor, and all of those who help Vision and Action, doing.

Throughout the week I met many people involved in many different things: art dealers, curious givers, and a man with a landscaping business building an irrigation system for the asylum on his own dime. These people came and went, like the wind passing through from different directions. My last afternoon at the asylum, a pastor from Oklahoma came to pick up blankets. The asylum had extra blankets that they wanted to donate. The pastor from Oklahoma was going to take these blankets to natives on a reservation, who lived in caves. The poor were donating to the poor.

At Vision in Action, I saw a lot of my own values at work: faith, community, hard work, preserving human dignity. Many of my coworkers at the hospital feel similarly as I do about patient care and best practices. But the system is very overwhelming, with a lot of red tape and the like. It is frustrating. Change comes slowly. In many ways, it seems, we are slaves to liability. We are under fear of litigation or scrutiny from authorities. It is hard and almost unfair to compare a large state psychiatric hospital in America with a small faith-based asylum in the deserts of Mexico. My hope for state psychiatric hospitals in the US is that they would look a little more like Vision in Action. I hope that patients are allowed to use their hands, to do good work. I hope that everyone treats each other with dignity, treating people as whole people and not diagnoses’ on a page. I hope that programming and schedules would be seen as one of many tools and not a prescription that will magically heal every brain and heart. I hope that staff, at the end of the day, will be able to utter: “I felt my feet were praying.”


Megan Cullip works as a chaplain at a state psychiatric institution in the United States. She can be reached at

Q & A with filmmaker Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken is an award-winning filmmaker whose works include Forest of Crocodiles and Until When You Die. His latest, Dead When I Got Here, focuses on the Visión en Acción asylum in Juárez.  For more information, visit his website


It’s the only place I know in Juarez that gives me real hope- Charles Bowden

Photo via Twitter

Photo via Twitter


By Virginia Isaad

Ed Vulliamy’s “Amexica, War Along the Border” and the late Charles Bowden’s “Murder City, Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields” inspired you to make this film. What was it about their works that was so inspiring? 

I read Charles Bowden’s, Murder City in 2011. The book is about Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, a city that frequently trumps Mogadishu for being the most violent in the world. Juárez sits in the epicentre of global free trade, just across a line from the US. The most lucrative trade is of drugs and arms, although the clothes we wear, machines we use and people we employ are also traded. The trading causes the line between these two countries to be very porous. But we insist on the line. On one side there is the developed world. We’re told the other side is yet to be developed. On both sides, we insist on this line defining us in relation to them.

There is a character in Murder City called Miss Sinaloa. A diva driven crazy after being gang raped in Juárez by police and dumped in a mental asylum in the desert run by its own patients. The crazy place, where the lunatics are running the asylum.

I want to know more about these people from the city of death who look at each other and ask what they can do to help.

I visited the asylum in the desert. I meet Pastor José Antonio Galván, an evangelical street preacher from Juárez. I don’t share the Pastor’s beliefs but he is one of those believers who works with the problems. He isn’t waiting for a solution that promises to eradicate whatever sets us apart from them. His diagnosis is simple: people are in trauma. The way forward is for them to help each other as best they can. This is a beleaguered promised land populated by outcasts. An asylum from the madness.

What was the most surprising thing you learned while making this film?

The facts account for an unlikely truth. A city of 1.5 million where eight people are murdered every day with impunity should not herald people of light. Yet here they are – generous, kind, loving, crazy people who allowed me to make a film about them. They set an example for us all.

What was the most challenging aspect?

Presenting these people with the dignity they deserve rather than as pitiful beggars in need of our help.
What was your goal in making this film and what did you do to ensure that you achieved that vision? 

See above in terms of goals. I worked very hard and to shape a complex story and place into something that wasn’t going to scare an audience away or make them feel disgusted. Mental illness, death and Juárez are difficult subjects to broach in a film.

How did you orchestrate the reunion of Josué Rosales with his daughter? What was that experience like for you? 

I was inadvertently the catalyst for their reunion. Josué asked me to look for his daughter in California but she found me and my film online. I then spent 8 months carefully planning the steps to get them together. It was strange to be privy to such a family gathering, especially with a camera but I think the film was a part of their reunion and in some ways, might have made it easier. There are no scripts for absent parents and deprived children.
Considering the poverty and violence that pervade the area, what do you think about the work Pastor Galvan is doing?
I think Pastor Galvan’s work is essential. Those 120 patients would all perish if Galvan was to stop his work. But they are not solely dependent on him. They are dependent on each other. This is the most progressive and special thing about Vision and Action – the asylum.
 What would you want the audience to take away from this film?
Compassion and kindness can be found in the most unlikely places. We need to overcome our fears and delusions of comfort and privilege to fully comprehend what it means to be alive.
The film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. To learn more about screening the film contact Mark.
See also: Susana Seijas’ take on the film here

Denuncian falta de interés en caso de El Choco/Juarez journalists denounce ‘lack of interest’ in solving murder of Armando Rodriguez

Today is the 4th anniversary of the murder of Armando Rodriguez, the crime reporter for El Diario, shot in front of his house on Nov 13 2008.

His case is referred to in the article from NYRB by Alma Guillermoprieto.
Google Translation:Hoy es el 4 º aniversario del asesinato de Armando Rodríguez, reportero de El Diario, rodada en frente de su casa el 13 de noviembre de 2008.Su caso se hace referencia en el artículo de NYRB por Alma Guillermoprieto.


Luz del Carmen Sosa
El Diario | 2012-11-13 | 07:40

La Red de Periodistas de Juárez denunció la falta de interés de las autoridades para esclarecer el asesinato del colega Armando Rodríguez Carreón.

A través de un comunicado de prensa la agrupación asegura que no hay ningún avance en las investigaciones en manos de las autoridades para saber quién y por qué lo mató.

“El presidente Felipe Calderón mintió abiertamente al señalar, en septiembre de 2010, que el caso estaba resuelto porque ya había un detenido. Dos años después de ese falso anuncio, el crimen no sólo sigue sin ser esclarecido –y el presunto sin recibir cargos por este hecho-, sino que la impunidad que lo rodea, tal como advertimos, fungió de corolario para la brutal ola de violencia que, como nunca, ha cobrado la vida de los periodistas mexicanos”, cita el comunicado.

“Para nosotros en Ciudad Juárez es claro: con la omisión a la hora de esclarecer el crimen de Armando Rodríguez y de todos los colegas que han sido asesinados, el Estado mexicano está enviando el criminal mensaje de que, en este país, cegar una vida y silenciar así la libertad de prensa y de expresión, no tiene absolutamente ninguna consecuencia”, sostiene.

“Los periodistas seguimos esperando la justicia. Pero no podemos aceptar ni la indiferencia ni el olvido”, refiere.

Finalmente, La Red de Periodistas de Juárez repudió la nula eficacia de las autoridades de procuración de justicia y reiteró su exigencia a los gobiernos, federal y estatal, y a sus fiscalías para que hagan justicia para el compañero Armando Rodríguez, reportero de El Diario de Juárez, asesinado el 13 de noviembre del 2008.

Google Translation:

Luz del Carmen Sosa
El Diario | 11.13.2012 | 7:40

The Juarez Journalists Network denounced the lack of interest of the authorities to investigate the murder of colleague Armando Rodriguez Carreon.

Through a press release the group said that there is no progress in the investigations into the hands of the authorities to find out who killed him and why.

“President Felipe Calderon openly lied stating, in September 2010, the case was solved because there was already stopped. Two years after that false advertising, not only crime is still not clarified, and the charges alleged without receiving this fact, but the impunity that surrounds it, as warned, served a corollary to brutal wave of violence that, as ever, has claimed the lives of Mexican journalists, “the statement quoted.

“For us in Juarez is clear: with the failure to solve the crime when Armando Rodriguez and all the colleagues who have been killed, the Mexican government is sending the message that criminal in this country, a life blind and silence and freedom of the press and expression, has absolutely no consequence, “he says.

“Journalists are still waiting for justice. But we can not accept nor indifference nor forgotten,” refers.

Finally, The Network of Journalists condemned the null Juárez effectiveness of law enforcement authorities and reiterated its call on governments, federal and state, and their prosecutors to do justice to the partner Armando Rodriguez, a reporter for El Diario de Juarez , killed on November 13, 2008.

For Days and Days

An email from Jose (a former gang-banger) found on the Frontera List Google Groups site:

Molly I wrote to mr houseworth this. We won, yayyyhhhh!. Can you post this? Jose.

From my phone.

—-Forwarded Message—-
From: joeriv…
To: ghi…
Sent: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 10:14 AM CST
Subject: for days and days.

guten morgen, Gordon.
being from that culture i know exactly the mind set of the active participants in this war. (have you noticed that in this theater of war there are no claims to post traumatic stress disorder).and i can also empathize with the unwilling participants. whether they be connected to crime because their relative is a gang-member or as they see themselves “warrior”. armies were invented not for protection but to improve ones own economy. off course the stronger armies have always ruled the world. but here it is something else entirely. these men and women are just more enthusiastic about getting rich. no one does is for the fun, (except the psychos, the really scary ones. i get in their head sometimes and i see the horrors perpetrated on their victims, it is very scary.  the majority do it because of the money and a false sense of pride that what they are doing is for the good of the community. i grew up in those places where if your are a bad kid you are
noticed and a lot of people start to respect you, but is that respect that is out of fear, not for good deeds, although some are considered saints. i was considered a wise guy by everyone and that because i was always the smartest guy in the room. there were smarter wise guys than me but i never let them they were. it was still a mutual respect though we were all tough guys. and we took care of each other. that’s how we grew strong and conquered the texas prison system and then the city of el paso, texas. then juarez and ports unknown. under my direction. not in business but in mentally training an army. not the one you see today. no one killed to get in and no should die to get out. those were my rules. i let soldiers go because they were trying to improve themselves. a couple of them had moms that had the temerity to seek me out and beg that her son be let out. the son was more scared of disappointing me than anything. one of the moms was hot and she
liked me. but i would give the talk. “you cant come back cause you cant be in and out. i going to make sure people help you if you need our help but just to help you along a better way. we all want to find that path but we are on this one. it’s the right path for now. and most of them became better citizens and dads. i am glad and grateful that could help people like this. my people knew that i genuinely cared about them and i and had proved it in the joint and out here, they knew by word of mouth that i was in the business of taking care of business. or as we say “beesnes”.  no one had ever done this. the underworld had a deep respect for me, juarez and el paso and pretty much everywhere i traveled. we respect our criminals if they are daring, a mexican buccaneer if you will. i know how they think. especially the bad guys. i’m grateful i became one of the good guys. i didn’t need followers. i didn’t acolytes, nor servants, soldiers or addicts. most of
these men could’ve been been special forces soldiers. they would all kill for me but i never availed myself of that service. i liked to take care of my brush fires myself. i was good with my hands and feet. i have a street taught black belt. i like to call it street-fu. when i turned fifty i trained for a cage fight in iowa, i fought one whole round with one arm. i dislocated my shoulder with the first punch. it was an anomaly in and otherwise sterling street fighter reputation. i would cross the border into juarez to beat people up. now juarez is very bad mojo for me. after the reporter incident. i didnt go there to hurt him. i went there for these two strippers who were going home with me and my buddy. the guy disrespect the girls and i stabbed him with my buck. anyway, i got beat up but i didn’t tap out. they stopped it. i learned to be humble after that and lose the rest of my arrogance. this runs in the narco’s veins. the good lord deemed fit to
give me a body that i could turn into a weapon. that how i rose to the top of my game in the underworld. deep down inside somewhere in my nether regions, was the me i am today. i needed leaders.all those positive roll models that i looked up to in my formative years who helped me put the jigsaw together that was to be me today. the are all part of the dream that i now live. it was never a nightmare. it’s all just part of the dream that carries us across an untold number of thresh holds till we get it right. they were part of my healing. i am a violent man living in a pacifist’s body. i have dismembered and fantasized about commiting terrible acts on my enemy’s and it’s almost always as an aztec warrior. i just never saw the need. it’s a different story now. when i left, el chapo ruled juarez and we were all the better for it. no one was dying. if you lost a load. too bad. there was more where that came from. carrillo fuentes was in charge in juarez and
all was well. they were recruiting aztecas. they knew who i was and i let my guys work for them. i just wanted my free heroin and cocaine. and if saw someone on the street selling i would shake them down and tell them it’s for tax purposes. the narco’s didn’t’ mind. i was cheap. i never got greedy. thats why i am still alive. i did this one job, (if i tell you, i have to kill-you type of deal). my friend wanted more loot. i told him we had enough, but he went back and never saw him again. alive i mean. i booked it and no one except God and me the wiser. you know something? i am now in better physical shape than i was ever in my gang banging years.

auf weidershein….

Response to Google executives visiting Juarez-WP Article

A couple of people sent me this article on google executives visiting Juarez in order to study some sort of techno fix for the violence…below is a comment from Tim Dunn…

I admit to being a little more cynical about this than Tim…  I had to laugh when I first read it…especially this at the very beginning:
 The officers were “policía federal.” Like the ones you hear about, they carried machine guns and wore masks to hide their identities. They hung off the backs of their trucks, alert, constantly swiveling as they surveyed the landscape.

They were looking for violent criminals. 

So, the techno-wizard billionaires who created GOOGLE think the federal police in Mexico are the good guys. When every man woman and child (maybe especially the kids on the street) in Juarez and the rest of Mexico know that the federal police are the kidnappers, killers, torturers and thieves, etc …  If google thinks they can keep this technology away from the bad guys…who of course, ARE the police and have much more $$ (thanks to the Merida Initiative and our US tax dollars, not to mention their own HSBC and Wells-Fargo laundered narco-dollars) to acquire whatever technology they want… well, if I had Google stock I would sell it in a flash.  Sadly, I think that the narco-rich of Mexico and the world already probably have a lot more google stock than you or I can imagine….

Here’s Tim’s comment:

Molly & Listeros,


See Washington Post article by 2 senior Goggle executive who recently visited Juárez, with an idea for how to reduce violence there. They propose some sort of ill-defined, yet hopefully better method of anonymously reporting crime problems and generating some sort of justice response. Seems to rely on a bunch of (seemingly naïve) assumptions that may not apply to Juárez context, though. But who knows, maybe they are on to something (& not just technological fetishism)?


Key paragraph:

In a sense, we are talking about dual crowdsourcing: Citizens crowdsource incident awareness up, and responders crowdsource justice down, nearly in real time. The trick is that anonymity is provided to everyone, although such a system would know a unique ID for every user to maintain records and provide rewards. This bare-bones model could take many forms: official and nonprofit first responders, investigative journalists, whistleblowers, neighborhood watches.”

Would “crowdsourcing” include or promote vigilantism? Would “official first responders” respond if they were made more aware of crime incidents? Lack of awareness among Juárez authorities of crime is not the problem many times, as Molly et al.’s posts have made abundantly clear for years now…

Tim Dunn

49 murders in June in Juarez…lowest since early 2008…total of 536 for the year–El Diario

The month of June ended with 49 murders, the lowest number since the first
months of 2008–the year that the epidemic of violence began in Juarez.  On
10 separate days in June, no murders were recorded. The average number of
murders per day in June was less than two. For the first 6 months of 2012,
there have been 536 murders, an average of 2.9 per day for the year.

Various authorities offer there opinions about the reasons for the lower
number of homicides. For instance, the arrest and detention of more
dangerous criminals involved in extortion and kidnapping…also preventing
prisoners from helping to run gangs from inside the prisons… The Fiscal
also credited “cleansing” operations inside the municipal and state
police–getting rid of police who were actively helping to run the gangs…
A spokesman for an organization of lawyers said that the state and
municipal police may deserve some credit for lowering the rate of violence,
but not the federal police.  He said that the violence started to gradually
decline as soon as the federal forces left the city…

Junio, el mes con menos asesinatos en 4 años

A Google translation is posted below…


June, the month with the fewest murders in four years


The Journal | 30.06.2012 | 23:21

June 2012 closed with an account of 49 murders, which became the month with
fewer cases since the beginning of the escalation of violence in Juarez in

In February 2008 there were 49 executions and also in January of that year
there were 46.

In June 2012, also presented the highest number without violent days, the
documented 10 days in which there were no murders. The date was recorded
more deaths on Friday June 22, with five.

For the IA this reduction has primarily been with the police clearance and
actions taken to undermine the power of operation of kidnappers,
extortionists and car thieves.

On average, during the recently completed 30 days were 1.6 murders per day.
In June 2008 there were 4.7 homicides per day, 8.6 in the same month in
2009, 10.4 in 2010 and 4.9 in June 2011.

In the first six months of 2012 have committed 536 murders, whereas in the
same period in 2011 were committed thousand 114.

The 2011 data reported that in January there had been 222 homicides in
February 231 March 183 April 171 May 151 and June 156.

Official figures for 2012 indicate that this was made in January 118, to
February 81, March 105, were documented for April 108, May 74 and June 49.

Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, head of the Office of Investigation and Prosecution
of Crime, said that some time has diminished to one of the groups operating
in the city, which has led them to reduce their ability to generate

He said one of the factors that influenced this decline is to combat highly
dangerous inmates who kept advising groups operating in the streets of the
city to continue kidnapping, extorting and stealing cars.

Another factor were the reforms for much higher penalties. He said that
these penalties have the function as well as punish the offender, the
general social prevention for men that offended or who are considered
potential criminals continue to refrain from breaking the law.

He said the judiciary has contributed significantly in this fight to
expedite search warrants in a period no longer than 45 minutes, plus arrest
and detention cases of emergency.

He mentioned that they have secured more than eight thousand vehicles in
which they committed crimes of all kinds, have been arrested 500 kidnappers
and extortionists, secured more than 800 thousand weapons and arrested
individuals was important in the criminal structure.

However, one of the determining factors that undermined criminal groups was
haberles taken from the police who were working for them with the input of
sensitive information they received from the strategic operation against
him, he said.

The power of criminal groups is not based solely on the number of people,
weapons or vehicles, but on the protection and information they receive
from agents who have infiltrated the police forces, he said.

“Having done the clean that were made in the police, the tests of
reliability and control systems that are, were decisive,” he said.

Police said both the City and State were discharged on average 10 per cent
of operational strength, but about those who stayed imposing certain
controls preventing them from working with organized crime.

He said that needs to be done, because there are still extortion, murder
and other crimes that generate high impact mistrust in society.

But he said that in comparison with the figures recorded in 2008, 2009,
2010 and 2011, with these months of 2012, there is a substantial difference.

For the president of the Supervisory Board of the National Confederation of
Lawyers of Mexico, Salvador Urbina Quiroz, decreased the incidence of
homicide has been worn by one of the groups operating in the locality.

This is an important factor, while recognizing the work done by local
authorities, he said.

In this sense it is noteworthy that the recognition is for state and
municipal police, but not for federal, he said.

“Since the time that the federales left, the level of executions began to
decrease gradually in Juarez,” he said.

Urbina Quiroz for June is a historic month for Ciudad Juarez, because it
has a figure rarely seen since the beginning of the wave of violence in
this border.

However, it stressed that low can not be attributed entirely to the
authorities, said that if it were so, then also extortion and auto theft
with violence have registered record numbers.

“We must recognize that both the State and Municipal Police have arrested
people, it’s definitely good news, but with reservations. In five years is
the first time we have a number of deaths so low, “he said.

In May of this year there were 74 murders, including six women, two
children and two policemen. (Staff / The Journal)



Mexico’s Drug War-Atlantic photo essay; Estimate of 94,551 homicides since 2007

Photo essay in The Atlantic. Just an initial comment…despite the fact that Juarez is still the epicenter of the violence, note that many of these photos are from other cities and regions…notably Monterrey and Acapulco. I did just check to see if I could find a figure of TOTAL homicides (homicidios dolosos) for Mexico in 2011 and I got many cites to this number from the SNSP (Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública) of 22,223… (and just another aside, I never saw this figure in the English-language press… But here is one of many links:…)

If this is added to the cumulative numbers from INEGI for 2007-2010 (67,050 as reported here:…)

we get a TOTAL homicide count of: 89,273 for 2007-2011. If we add in the estimate on “narco-deaths” from Walter McKay** for all of Mexico for 2012  (5,278) then the total looks more like: 94,551 for Calderon’s term in office so far. As I have noted before, the “drug-war homicides” number of 47,500 or 50,000 is an estimate based on various criteria for what murders count as drug (or organized-crime-related). I really believe that we should use the total number (as best as we can figure it) since these government criteria for what counts as “drug-related are sketchy and in almost all cases, not based on a real investigation of the crimes.  I’ll try to summarize with more numbers detail in subsequent post.  molly

**Here is the link:

Juarez deaths May 15-16

Yesterday, May 16, a woman who worked as a waitress in a bar was taken out
of the place by a man who argued with her and then shot her at least 11
times. She is the 2nd female victim in May and the 57th woman to be
murdered this year, according to El Diario.  On Tuesday, May 15, two people
were killed, including a 15 yr old boy. By my tally, there have now been about 48 people murdered in May; 464 in 2012; and 10,546 in the city of Juarez since January 2008.  molly



3 people killed yesterday in Juarez; witnesses say federal police abducted and killed the 4 young people found near San Rafael cemetery on Tuesday

Three homicides were reported yesterday in Juarez, bringing the total
number of killings as of April 25 to 86 for the month and for the year
2012, the number of homicides is about 395. The estimate since January 2008
is now about 10,480. Another article from today details the
abduction of 5
ABDUCTED ON MONDAY. I translated this article from today’s Diario. Another
case of eyewitnesses to kidnapping and murder carried out by Federal
Police. As far as I know, none of the victims have been identified in order
to protect the survivor and the family members who testified.*
Relatives and friends of the four people killed alleged that the
perpetrators of the killings and injuries to the woman who survived, are
agents of the Federal Police (PF).
The complainants, who asked the condition of anonymity for fear of being
killed, said the victims were in a park when hooded federal agents deprived
them of freedom and hours later they took them to the gap located about 2.5
kilometers from the Panamerican Highway where they sexually assaulted the
women, tortured one of the men and then they shot all of them. “The
federales are the ones who did that. What we want is that this does not go
unpunished, because the kids were good, two of them worked as laborers and
the girls worked at a second-hand market in Paseo de Mitla.”The survivor
said that they were abducted violently; she is certain that she saw the
federales when they picked them up and when they killed them. They shot her
in the head and she went crawling to the road as best she could and called
for help,” said a relative of the victims.* *

Annunciation House events

*News from  Annunciation House*

10,000 of our sisters and brothers in Ciudad Juarez have been killed since

This Sunday, join us at the 2012 Voice of the Voiceless Vigil and
Projection of Names hosted by Annunciation House as we gather to give name,
face, and voice to the 10,000 killed in Cd. Juarez, their families, and
those affected by all forms of violence. We will stand in solidarity to
bear witness to the violence toward the immigrant and to the threat to the
right to be human. They will not be forgotten. *


*Annunciation House, 1003 E. San Antonio Ave.*

  • Sunday, April 22, 7:45PM:* Press conference, vigil, and projection of
    10,000 names of those killed in Cd. Juarez onto the Annunciation House
  • Every evening, Sunday, April 22 through Friday, April 27 8:00PM TO 12:00AM:
    Vigil followed by the projection of names and images onto the
    Annunciation House building
  • Continuously, Sunday, April 22 through Friday, April 27 *
  • Day and Night: Memorial Altar

*We invite you to bring flowers, mementos, and/or other symbols to place upon the altar  in memory of the 10,000 who have been killed in Ciudad Juarez and the more than 50,000 who have died throughout Mexico*
*Other upcoming events of the 2012 Voice of the Voiceless include:


  • Saturday,  April 28th, 6pm to 9pm*

Amistad Hall of Sta. Lucia Parish, 518 Gallagher St.; Dinner Tickets:  $50 2012 Voice of the Voiceless Award Recipient is Javier Sicilia, Mexican Journalist, Novelist, Poet, and Activist. Read El Paso Times article here


*Friday, April 27th, 6 PM TO 9PM, and Saturday, April 28th, 8am to 1pm:* St. Patrick Cathedral Multipurpose Center, 1111 N. Stanton St. No cost to attend; seating is limited.

*Annunciation House<…> is a
homeless shelter in downtown El Paso dedicated to accompanying the  **migrant,
homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region.*

For information about any event or to purchase dinner tickets, call
915-533-4675, stop by 815 Myrtle Ave., or