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Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

Women march with crosses symbolizing the struggle against femicide (gender murder) in Mexico City during International Women's Day 2011

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Marchan contra feminicidio y asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos

En el Día Internacional de la Mujer

México, D.F,- En el Día Internacional de la Mujer cientos de mujeres marcharon este día del Ángel de la Independencia al Hemiciclo a Juárez, para exigir el cese a la violencia contra las mujeres, alto al feminicidio, a la impunidad que prevalece en estos casos y solidarizarse con las familias de las defensoras de Derechos Humanos (DH) asesinadas en los últimos años en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, colectivos de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), feministas, y activistas independientes integrados “En el Movimiento Contra el Feminicidio”, exigieron justicia y se solidarizaron con la familia Reyes Salazar.

Al grito de “Alto a la impunidad, ni una asesinada más” “asesinos y farsantes en la guerra contra el narco, las que mueren son mujeres”, una a una vestidas de morado fueron avanzando por Paseo de la Reforma...

Women march against femicide and to protest the murders of female human rights defenders in Mexico

An International Women’s Day event

On International Women's Day 2011 hundreds of women marched through Mexico City from the Angel of Independence to the memorial to former president Benito Juárez to demand an end to violence against women, an end to femicide, an end to the impunity that prevails in these cases and to express their solidarity with the families of women human rights defenders who have been killed in recent years in the city of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua state.

Non governmental organizations, groups of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), as well as other feminists and independent activists who have joined to form "the Movement Against Femicide," demanded justice and solidarity with the Reyes Salazar family.

Shouting "Stop impunity, not one more murdered woman," “murderers,” and “pretenders in the war on drugs - those who die are women," the marchers, dressed in purple marched along the Paseo de la Reforma...

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

Encarcela Baja California a 14 mujeres por abortar

México, DF,- En Baja California, 14 mujeres están encarceladas y esperan sentencia –de hasta 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza– por interrumpir su embarazo, denunció Marixtel Calderón Vargas, integrante de la Red Iberoamericana Pro Derechos Humanos.

En entrevista telefónica, la activista precisó que entre 2000 y 2010 fueron encarceladas 14 bajacalifornianas acusadas por el delito de homicidio agravado por razón de parentesco, tipo penal con el que se pretende sancionar a las mujeres que decidieron abortar con una pena de cárcel de entre 20 y 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza.

Calderón Vargas adelantó que la Red solicitará al gobernador del estado, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, que revise los casos y evite que se vulnere el derecho de las mujeres a ejercer una maternidad libre y voluntaria. Por ello demandó la libertad inmediata para las 14 presas en el estado de Baja California.

La integrante de la Red aclaró que además de esos 14 casos está el de una joven de 19 años que en 2008 sufrió un aborto espontáneo y está en prisión también por el supuesto delito de homicidio agravado en razón de parentesco...

Baja California state has incarcerated 14 women for having abortions

In Baja California State, 14 women are imprisoned without bail - awaiting their sentencing to up to 50 years in prison for having interrupted their pregnancies, reports Marixtel Calderón Vargas, a member of the Iberoamerican Network for Human Rights.

Calderón Vargas said that between 2000 and 2010, 14 women were jailed in Baja California indicted on charges of homicide aggravated by reason of kinship, an addition to the state’s penal code which seeks to punish women who decide to abort a pregnancy. A conviction carries with it prison sentences of between 20 and 50 years in prison without parole.

Vargas Calderón announced that the Network will ask the state governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan to review the cases and avoid violating the rights of these women to exercise free and voluntary motherhood. She therefore demanded the immediate release of the 14 women now being held by the state.

There is also the case of a then 19-year-old woman who in 2008 suffered a spontaneous abortion is also in prison for the crime of aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.

On 20 January, that woman (who has spent nearly three years in prison) was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Her defense counsel appealed the ruling. The case is now before the Superior Court of Justice pending state Judge Perla Ibarra’s resolution.

Calderon, "we expect the state Supreme Court to rule in accordance with the law, while taking into account the international legal instruments that protect the human rights of women. We therefore hope that the now 21-year-old woman (in the spontaneous abortion case) to be freed, and we expect the judge to review the other 14 cases that are now pending.

On December 26, 2008, [a coalition of state] legislators from President Felipe Calderón’s National Action Party, the New Alliance and the Social Encounter party amended Article 7 of the state Constitution to protect life from the moment of conception. They also repealed the provisions that permitted the legal termination of pregnancy (ILE) in the state Penal Code.

However, the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure state have not been reformed to conform with this amendment to the state Constitution. The penal code continues to permit abortion in cases of rape, danger of life of the mother, malformation of the fetus for and artificial insemination without permission .

Calderon added that the state constitutional reform has given a ‘legal footing’ for those authorities who are "misogynist" to incarcerate women "who decide that what may occur within their bodies, and exercise the right to equality, nondiscrimination, their sexual and reproductive rights as well as their right to engage in free and voluntary motherhood…"

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 11, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day

El machismo persiste en la sociedad mexicana, dice Felipe Calderón

El Presidente advierte que el siglo XXI será el de la igualdad

Ciudad De México.- El Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa felicitó a las mujeres en su Día Internacional, aunque también reconoció que en México persisten el machismo y prejuicios en contra de ellas.

“Partimos de una verdad innegable, aún vivimos en México una sociedad machista, persisten prejuicios y actitudes que frenan el desarrollo de las mujeres”, mencionó el Mandatario en su discurso.

Acompañado por la presidenta del Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inmujeres), Rocío García Gaytán, Calderón admitió que tanto en México como en otros países “siguen existiendo prácticas de ofensa y de acoso”.

Sin embargo, afirmó que las mujeres “se han ganado un lugar cada vez más destacado en la vida política social y cultural del país”. Y exhortó a que el siglo XXI tiene que ser el siglo de las mujeres, de la equidad.

Por ello, aseguró que el Día Internacional de la Mujer “es un día para conmemorarlas y a la vez para comprometerse nuevamente con ellas. Es un llamado de atención sobre las condiciones que siguen afectando a las mujeres”.

De esta manera, el presidente conmemora la fecha especial con el acto “Por las mujeres, todos los días, todos los derechos. 10 años de impulsar la política de igualdad entre mujeres y hombres”.

President Felipe Calderón on International Women’s Day: Sexism (machismo) persists in Mexican society 

Mexico City - President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day, but also acknowledged persistent sexism and prejudice against them continues to exist in Mexico.

"We start with an undeniable truth, that we still live in a Mexico which is a machista [macho-ist] society, where prejudices and attitudes that impede women's development continue to exist," said the President in his speech.

Accompanied by the president of the National Women's Institute (Inmujeres), Rocio Garcia Gaytan, Calderon admitted that in Mexico, as in other nations, offensive and harassing practices [on the part of men] continue.” 

However, the President said that women "have won an increasingly prominent place in the political social and cultural development" of the nation. He declared that the 21st Century must be the century of equality for women…

El Informador

March 09, 2011

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Video of President Calderón's International Women's Day Speech


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

A plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies [the lower house of Congress]  celebrates International Women's Day 2011

Conmemoran diputados Día Internacional de la MujerW Radio | Marzo 8 de 2011

México.- El Pleno de la Cámara de Diputados brindó un minuto de aplausos para festejar el Día Internacional de la Mujer; además de un minuto de silencio en memoria de aquellas que por alzar la voz fueron asesinadas.

En la sesión de hoy, el presidente de la Mesa Directiva, Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, solicitó a todos los integrantes de la asamblea ponerse de pie y brindar un minuto de aplausos a las mujeres mexicanas, a solicitud del diputado Juan José Cuevas García.

Legisladoras de las diferentes fracciones parlamentarias se pronunciaron por impulsar leyes que combatan el alto índice de feminicidios, así como mejorar las condiciones culturales, sociales y políticas para alcanzar una equidad en favor de las mujeres mexicanas.

Congressional deputies commemorate International Women’s Day

Mexico City - A Plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies [the lower house of Congress] gave one minute of applause to celebrate International Women's Day, and a minute's silence in memory of those women who have spoken out [for female human rights] and were murdered as a result.

At today's congressional sessiong, the chairman [Speaker], Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, asked all members of the assembly to stand and give a minute's applause to Mexican women, at the request of Deputy Juan Jose Cuevas García.

Deputies from the various political factions declared themselves to be in favor of promoting legislation to combat the high rate of femicide in Mexico, as well as desiring to enhance cultural, social and policy efforts to achieve equity for Mexican women.

In announcing the position of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during the session, Deputy Alma Carolina Viggiano Austria said it was worrying that 99 percent of crimes committed in Mexico go unpunished. She urged lawmakers to discuss legal forms.

Congresswoman María Elena Pérez de Tejada Romero of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) declared that a lack public policies exist that would ensure greater security for women. She noted that only four [of the nation’s 31] states have a Law to Prevent and Punish Trafficking in Persons. She also urged the authorities for promoting a legal framework that generates more and better opportunities for women.

Deputy Leticia Quezada Contreras (Party of the Democratic Revolution) requested a moment of silence in memory of women who have fought to ensure human rights and have lost their lives in this fight. The lawmaker urged her counterparts to work to pass initiatives to establish [a federal crime of] femicide, given that in the past six years we have seen more than 6,000 homicides against women occur.

Her regional colleague, Deputy Dolores de los Angeles Nazares Jerónimo noted that it is essential that the Legislature take joint action to ensure a life free of violence for women, and to combat impunity in the three levels of government, in order that women may achieve improved development and continued contributions to the growth of the country.

Deputy Norma Leticia Orozco Torres (The Green Ecological Party - PVEM) said that today is a day of celebration, when differing political forces join to renew our strength to fight against the scourges facing women, and especially Mexican women. Our society is reluctant to grant full rights and opportunities for women. Human rights violations [also continue to be  problem].

Deputy Teresa Guadalupe Reyes of the Worker’s Party (PT) demanded justice for the victims of femicide and the release of women imprisoned for abortion. In this celebration of International Women's Day, we redouble our efforts to achieve recognition of women’s full human rights, equality before the law and social equity, she said.

Deputy Ana Campos Fields (Convergence Party) indicated that Mexican women are an example of courage and effort, which is why we must work on policies to help this sector to maintain growth and live in a society of equality in all areas of country's public life.

Mónica Romero

W Radio

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Argentina

Día Internacional de la Mujer: fuerte reclamo para que cese la violencia de género

Madres de Plaza de Mayo realizó un homenaje a la presidenta Cristina Fernández frente a Casa de Gobierno

Argentina fue ubicada por el Foro Económico Mundial en el puesto 29 entre 134 Estados, por encima de Brasil, Chile y Uruguay, en la distribución de los recursos y las oportunidades entre hombres y mujeres.

Organizaciones sociales y sindicales reclamaron hoy terminar con la violencia de género y la trata de personas en un acto realizado en el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, mientras el Foro Económico Mundial ubicó a la Argentina en el puesto 29 entre 134 países por la distribución de oportunidades.

Madres de Plaza de Mayo, en tanto, realizó un homenaje a la presidenta Cristina Fernández frente a Casa de Gobierno, donde instaló en el enrejado una gigantografía con la imagen de la jefa de Estado junto a Eva Perón, con la leyenda "El amor y la pasión nos llevarán al triunfo".

En el acto realizado en Avenida de Mayo y 9 de Julio, convocado por la Central de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA) con marchas en diferentes puntos del país, organizaciones sociales reclamaron terminar con la "violencia de género, combatir la trata de personas y aprobar la legalización del aborto seguro y gratuito".

La secretaria de Igualdad de Género y Oportunidades de la CTA, Alejandra Angriman, consideró "prioritario reflexionar sobre la preocupante situación de violencia que enfrentan las mujeres, tanto en el ámbito del hogar como en su lugar de trabajo, como en las situaciones de trata de personas por explotación sexual o laboral".

Las entidades instalaron una radio abierta en la que pidieron el cumplimiento de la Ley 26.485, de Protección Integral para prevenir, sancionar y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres...

Argentine women demand an end to gender violence on International Women's Day

La Prensa

March 08, 2011

[Translation to follow]


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

The Americas

The Sixth Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas, held from 6 to 8 March, 2011

Concluye VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas

Rezago en comunidades impide avance de mujeres indígenas

Cuernavaca, Morelos,- Mujeres de diversas etnias del Continente americano denunciaron que los Estados aún cuentan con políticas públicas limitadas y poco incluyentes, por lo cual, dijeron, deben asumir compromisos reales para saldar la deuda histórica, social, económica, política, cultural y ambiental que tienen con los pueblos indígenas.

Como parte de las conclusiones del VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas, que del 5 al 8 de marzo, en Hueyapan, Morelos, reunió a indígenas de diversas partes de México y América, las participantes exigieron el reconocimiento y cumplimiento de sus derechos colectivos e individuales.

En el documento presentado en el cierre del encuentro demandaron que las agendas nacionales e internacionales incluyan educación intercultural, políticas de salud, justicia y desarrollo con identidad, así como el reconocimiento y respeto de todos los pueblos indígenas del continente, a Naciones Unidas le pidieron crear una década dedicada a las mujeres indígenas.

Esta declaratoria se presentará en el Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas de la ONU, que celebrará su próximo periodo de sesiones del 16 al 27 de mayo de 2011 en la ciudad de Nueva York, Estados Unidos. Las participantes señalaron que el documento también es un pronunciamiento a favor las mujeres que construyen sociedades interculturales, plurales, justas y equitativas...

Anayeli García Martínez

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 09, 2011

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Added: Mar. 10, 2011

The Americas

Rechazan indígenas Estado excluyente

Mujeres indígenas impulsan acciones para una mayor articulación e incidencia

Hueyapan, Morelos. Un contundente rechazo al Estado excluyente, monocultural, patriarcal y racista, que las mantiene en la subordinación, es una de las posturas en el VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas, celebrado del 6 al 8 de marzo.

Reunidas en esta comunidad Náhuatl, apuntaron que otra de las metas, de este encuentro, es la consolidación de una agenda para incidir desde lo local hasta lo global, que contemple la articulación y el liderazgo que representa la inclusión de género.

Martha Sánchez, amuzga de Guerrero, Fabiola Jurado, Náhuatl de Morelos, Tarcila Rivera, Quechua de Perú, afirman, su determinación a hacer respetar sus derechos y exponen su indignación por la creciente militarización de los territorios indígenas, pidiendo la salida de las fuerzas castrenses de esas zonas.

También exigen castigo a los militares, señalados de abusar contra mujeres indígenas, como son los casos de violación en la montaña de Guerrero, y la denuncia de los soldados implicados en la muerte de la anciana náhuatl de 73 años, Ernestina Ascencio Rosario, de la sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz.

Mujeres asistentes al VI Encuentro Continental, que sesiona en Hueyapan, recordaban que Ernestina Ascencio Rosario, violada por militares en febrero de 2007, fue “traumática y no patológica” y que sí se encontraron evidencias de agresión sexual, según se desprende del informe del perito médico forense, adscrito a la delegación de Orizaba, de la Procuraduría General de Justicia de Veracruz (PGJV) Juan Pablo Mendizábal Pérez.

Pero también está el caso en Guerrero, donde la justicia mexicana exhibió sus aberraciones en el caso de la violación y las torturas cometidas en 2002 por soldados contra las indígenas Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo.

Este tema fue abordado por expertos internacionales y de manera más profunda por Margarita Gutiérrez, HÑaHñú de Hidalgo, responsable de la Comisión de Instrumentos Internacionales del Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las América, en su participación: “Una mirada al feminicidio desde la mujeres indígenas”.

AIPIN, entrevistó a éstas experimentadas dirigentes, algunas de ellas con más de 30 años en la defensa, promoción y empoderamiento de sus derechos y defensa de sus comunidades, hasta su inclusión en el sistema internacional, como lo es la misma Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)...

Genaro Bautista

Indigenous People's Issues

March 07, 2011

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Added: Mar. 10, 2011

The Americas

Mexico: Indigenous Women Reject Exclusionary State - Push For Greater Joint Action And Advocacy

Morelos state, Mexico - The Sixth Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas, held from 6 to 8 March, 2011 included a resounding rejection of the excusionary state practices [that marginalize indigenous peoples in general and especially women]. The gathered participants soundly rejected monocultural, patriarchal and racist attitudes [in the dominant culture] that keep them in in a state of subordination.

Gathered in the Nahuatl indigenous community of Hueyapan in Morelos state, Mexico, those gathered noted that another goal of the meeting was to consolidate their influence on local to global agendas, so that gender issues are allowed a place at the table.

Martha Sanchez (Guerrero Amuzgo), Fabiola Jurado (Morelos Nahuatl) and Tarcila Rivera (Quechua from Peru) declared their determination to enforce their rights and express their outrage at the increasing militarization of indigenous territories. They demand the departure of military forces from indigenous territories [especially in in Mexico and Peru].

They also demand punishment for the military of abuse against Indigenous women, as occured in the cases of rape that took place in the mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico, and in the case of soldiers involved in the [rape and] death of the a Nahuatl woman, 73-year-old Ernestina Ascencio Rosario in the Zongolica Mountains region of  Veracruz state, Mexico...

The conclusions of the VI Continental Encounter of the Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas will be taken in May at the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum, same as this year, will have the relief of its members...

At the meeting in Hueyapan, the 300 delegates marked International Women's Day. In this framework, recognize that the road is long, and the tasks in front of them are immense .

However, the group reaffirmed its commitment as an essential part of the community, to be the transmitters of oral tradition and language of their peoples.

This authority empowers them in their demand to countries in recognition of its right of indigenous peoples to the use of natural resources, found in the entire habitat.

Indigenous women, reject violence against their gender and demand equal treatment in all areas of life.

Hueyapan Tetela Township, located next to a Volcano, is located two hours of Cuautla, Morelos.

The VI Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, will conclude with a march tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8, in the city of Cuernavaca, capital of Morelos.

Genaro Bautista

AIPIN

March 07, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

Politicians and activists gather in Puebla state to celebrate International Women' Day and to demand attention for the victims of human trafficking

Deputy Rosi Orozco, President of the Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies of the national Congress, appears at far right.

Día Internacional de la Mujer en Puebla

En marco de conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Mujer Rafael Moreno Valle asegura: "la trata de personas es una forma moderna de esclavitud. Debemos avanzar hacia una sociedad igualitaria.

Puebla,Puebla.-El gobernador Rafael Moreno Valle condenó la trata de personas por representar una forma moderna de esclavitud.

En el marco de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer que se realizó en el Complejo Cultural Universitario, con el foro “Trata de personas y atención a víctimas” y en compañía de lap`residenta del DIF estatal, Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle, el mandatario estatal resaltó el papel que las mujeres desempeñan en la transformación de Puebla.

Subrayó que en breve, con base a la carta compromiso que suscribió con el Gobierno de Tlaxcala, se pondrá en marcha un programa conjunto para combatir –entre otros ilícitos- la trata de personas.

En materia de salud, el Gobernador Moreno Valle anunció una serie de acciones a favor de la mujer, como mastografías, vacunación contra el papiloma, pruebas de papanicolau y afiliación al Seguro Popular que se replicarán en los 217 municipios de la entidad.

En su oportunidad Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle subrayó la importancia de avanzar en la conformación de una sociedad igualitaria, con oportunidades para todos, en la que se brinde protección a los desprotegidos.

En la conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Mujer, el gobernador Moreno Valle y su esposa estuvieron acompañados por la Directora del Instituto Poblano de la Mujer, Blanca Jiménez Castillo; del Director General del IMSS Daniel Karam Toumeh; del Presidente de la Gran Comisión del Congreso, Guillermo Aréchiga Santamaría; del Presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia, David López Muñoz y del Rector de la BUAP, Enrique Agüera Ibáñez.

Activists celebrate International Women's Day in Puebla state, and reject human trafficking

[Translation to follow]

El imparcial de la Sierra Norte

March 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

North Carolina, USA

Man arrested for indecent liberties

A Holly Springs man accused of violating a child back in 2008 is behind bars.

Police say Hipolito Ubieta-Anaya was running from police for about three years.

He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor, stemming from an arrest warrant originally issued in September of 2008.

Ubieta-Anaya is also suspected of being in the United States illegally, and has had a hold placed on him by U.S. Customs and Immigration.

WTVD-TV

March 05, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

Mayan women in the town of Tenejapa, Chiapas state

Desarticula Chiapas 23 bandas de trata de personas

Asegura procurador del estado que tras la creación de la Fiscalía para el Migrante, en 2008, se lograron reducir 90% los delitos en contra de los indocumentados

Ciudad de México.-El procurador de Chiapas, Raciel López Salazar, informó que en la entidad han sido desarticuladas 23 bandas relacionadas con el delito de trata de personas, algunas de las cuales contaban con protección de diversos servidores públicos quienes también han sido detenidos.

En rueda de prensa, dijo que dada la porosidad de la frontera, se mantiene esfuerzos coordinados con autoridades de la Marina y la Defensa, "para blindar la frontera", lo cual repercutirá en una mayor protección no sólo de la población sino de los migrantes.

Informó que un juez de Tapachula sentenció hace unas semanas a 13 años de prisión a un individuo que obligaba a una menor de edad a sostener hasta 25 relaciones sexuales en un solo día para que pagara su cuota de recuperación.

"En Chiapas se dictó la primera sentencia federal y ya tenemos sentencia estatal con trata, hemos desarticulado 23 bandas; detenido servidores públicos municipales y estatales que estaban coludidos con este tipo de bandas", anotó...

Authorities take down 23 human trafficking rings in Chiapas State

Chiapas Attorney General declares that since the creation of its special prosecutor's office for crimes against migrants in 2008, attacks against undocumented immigrants have been reduced by 90%

Mexico city - Chiapas state's Attorney General, Raciel López Salazar, has announced that 23 human trafficking rings have been disbanded by authorities in this southern border state. Many of those illicit organizations had previously relied upon the collaboration of corrupt public servants to maintain themselves in operation. A number of government employees have been arrested for these acts of corruption.

During a press conference on the subject, López Salazar stated that, due to the lacks of controls on Mexico's southern border [with Guatemala and Belize], state authorities coordinate their work with the Army and Navy, to 'shield' the border, an effort that protects not only Mexico, but undocumented migrants as well.

The Chiapas Attorney General also reported that a state judge recently sentenced a human trafficker to 13 years in prison as punishment for having forced an underage girl to engage in as many as 25 acts of forced prostitution per day [in a debt bondage arrangement], to pay off the cost of smuggling her to Mexico.

"In Chiapas we saw the first [and so-far only] federal conviction for human trafficking. Now we have a state conviction, we have dismantled 23 human trafficking networks, and we have arrested state and municipal public servants who colluded with these traffickers," noted López Salazar.

López Salazar recalled that Chiapas was one of the first states in the nation to pass a law against human trafficking, and to set-up an inter-agency commission to coordinate the work of dispersed agencies against this plague.

The Chiapas Attorney General went on to point out that seven formal international crossing points, and countless illicit crossing points exist in Chiapas.

López Salazar added that, since the creation of the state's Special Prosecutor for Migrants in 2008, authorities have achieved a 90% reduction in crimes committed against undocumented immigrants.

"Criminals assaulted, raped, robbed and even murdered migrants [with impunity]. Under our initiative, those crimes have been reduced by 90%.

Marcos Fastlicht, president of the National Association of Civic Participation Councils, and Yassir Vázquez, mayor of the Tuxtla Gutiérrez [capital city of Chiapas state] also participated in the press conference.

EFE

March 03, 2011

Notes:

* Chiapas is the 'bottleneck' through which 500,000 or more Central and South American migrants pass each year in their attempts to travel to the United States.

* The NGO Save the Children has identified Mexico's southern border as the largest region supporting commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the entire world.

* The International Organization for Migration has identified the fact an estimated 450 to 600 women and girl migrants are raped each day in the southern border region of Mexico. This violence is centered in Chiapas state.

We do not know if Chiapas state has actually lowered the level of anti-immigrant violence on its southern border. We hope that this information is factual. The below article paints the other side of this picture.


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

Sólo de abril a septiembre de 2010, 11 mil 333 migrantes fueron plagiados principalmente en Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, SLP y Chiapas

Sólo de abril a septiembre de 2010, 11 mil 333 migrantes fueron plagiados principalmente en Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, SLP y Chiapas

Ciudad de México.-El presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia, presentó el 'Informe especial sobre secuestro de migrantes en México', que documenta el plagio de más de 11 mil personas de abril a septiembre de 2010.

En rueda de prensa el ombudsman nacional indicó que la cifra total de víctimas suma 11 mil 333 en 214 casos de secuestros masivos de migrantes ocurridos principalmente en Veracruz, seguido por Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí y Chiapas.

Agregó que según las evidencias recabadas 67.4 por ciento de los plagios en ese sector se produjeron en la región sureste del país, 29.2 por ciento en la norte y 2.2 en la centro...

During the period of April through September of 2010, national human rights authorities documented 11,333 kidnappings of [undocumented] migrants in the southern states of  Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Chiapas

Mexico City - Raúl Plascencia, president of National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has released a special report that documents the severity of the crime of migrant kidnapping in Mexico. The report indicates that between April and September of 2010, 11,333 migrants were kidnapped in 214 cases of mass kidnappings. The crimes occurred principally in Veracruz state, followed by Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Chiapas.

Statistics analyzed by the CNDH show that 67.4% of migrant kidnappings occur in southeast region of Mexico. Another 2.2% of such crimes occurs in central Mexico, and 29.2% of cases occur in the northern regions of the country...

Noticiero Televisa

Feb. 22, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

People's justice Mexican-style

In a nation seething with impunity, indigenous community police forces are cutting crime and delivering 'education'.

Headless bodies pile up outside shopping centers, busloads of tourists disappear only to be later dug out of mass graves and politicians are brutally beaten into comas. Welcome to Guerrero, one of the most brutal states in Mexico, even before drug violence slashed its way through its resort city of Acapulco. Poppy fields, drug trafficking and police and army brutality are emblematic of this turbulent region.

In the green hills of the very same state, the region of San Luis Acatlan is basking in the heat of a long, warm afternoon. Old men talk quietly outside a village store. Inside a child snoozes in a hammock as his grandmother sells soft drinks to young girls passing by. Housewives gather to gossip around steaming pots of boiling corn on the cob and a turkey scratches around the village square. It seems a far cry from the violence erupting in many other parts of Guerrero.

The key to the calm lies within the village hall. Inside many men sit or stand with their rifles hanging from their shoulders or resting on their knees. Their only uniform is a green t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Community Police". Practically the whole village has also turned out for the meeting. It is the monthly "General Assembly" of the CRAC, the indigenous community police force that provides law and order in the mountain villages of Guerrero.

A violent past

Fifteen years ago, things were very different. Catalina Hernandez Martinez is sitting with her friends, enjoying the afternoon heat outside her house. She remembers the violence of the mid-1990s in these hills.

"Before they robbed your cow, your goat, they assaulted you. The state police would arrest someone and then he would give them a bit of money and would be allowed to escape. If the family had money, the police didn’t listen to you."

Brutal bouts of violence, kidnappings, rape and assault had engulfed the region by 1995. Villagers say that, far from providing protection, local government police more often acted with criminals, releasing those that the villagers had helped to detain.

These poor indigenous villages are easy prey for bandits. Isolated and ignored by the state government, they were left to fend for themselves against an ongoing crime wave.

Finally the villagers decided that enough was enough. They voted for the formation of a new police force, formed from the community that worked for the community...

A nation of impunity

It is a trend in marked contrast to a country seething with impunity. According to recent figures, a crime in Mexico has only a one to two per cent chance of leading to a conviction or jail time. In Ciudad Juarez, amongst the most violent cities on earth, The Associated Press reports that of 2,600 people killed in 2009, prosecutors filed 93 homicide cases and got 19 convictions.

Despite proposed wider ranging reforms to the judicial and police system in Mexico, corruption remains rampant amidst a police force further overwhelmed by the drug war.

Jesus Huerta is one of the founders of the community police. He now despairs of government solutions.

"In Mexico there’s no justice. If there was justice there wouldn’t be any poverty. If there was justice we farmers wouldn’t have to take in our own hands what the state is incapable of resolving..."

Al Jazeera

Feb. 20, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

Author, journalist, women's center director and anti-trafficking activist Lydia Cacho speaks about women's empowerment at a recent conference in Guadalajara, jalisco

Urge mayor empoderamiento de las mujeres contra la violencia: Lydia Cacho

Guadalajara, Jalisco.- Para que las mujeres puedan hacer visibles sus derechos, deben empoderarse y cambiar desde su entorno, y así contribuir en el cambio de la perspectiva de género actual, así lo hizo saber la periodista Lydia Cacho.

La también escritora asegura que, para empezar a educar sobre cómo proteger a la sociedad femenina de la violencia, se debe cambiar el enfoque y no apostar sólo a la criminalización, sobre todo porque no hay estado de derecho.

“Todos los actores sociales juegan un papel importante, me parece que en este momento, respecto a la violencia contra los niños, niñas y mujeres, hay una rebelión muy importante en todo el país, hay hombres que se están aliando pero no son suficientes”, dijo.

El llamado empoderamiento de las mujeres no se refiere a obtener poder público ni político, la apuesta es hacia una mayor y mejor información por parte de las mujeres, así como reforzar cuestiones personales y emocionales que permitan enfrentarles ciertas situaciones.

La periodista estuvo en Guadalajara para participar en el Foro de la Mujer, en el marco del Congreso de Avances en Medicina Hospitales Civiles de Guadalajara, y resaltó los beneficios de la generación actual de las mujeres al contar con redes sociales, con mayor información sobre la problemática que las aqueja, lo que pueden utilizar como herramienta para poder coadyuvar en la lucha contra la violencia.

Aunque las mujeres son víctimas en algunos casos, en otros son victimarias, dijo refiriéndose a las que participan en el crimen organizado.

El ser mujer, dijo, no es sinónimo de ser “buenas”. El papel que juegan las mujeres en la delincuencia debe ser estudiado a fondo, pues tiene que ver también con las víctimas de trata de personas.

Lydia Cacho urges stronger empowerment of women in the figth against gender violence

The city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state - During a women's forum at the Congress on Advances in Civil Medicine, held at the Hospital of Guadalajara, Lydia Cacho [a well known journalist, author, women's center director and human trafficking activist] declared that in order for women to make their rights visible, the will need to be empowered to change their environment, and should carry out those changes from a gender perspective.

Cacho added that, before we as women begin to educate about how to protect women in society from violence, we will need to change our focus, and not rely upon criminal sanctions because, she said, the rule of law does not exist in Mexico.

"All actors in society play an important role. It appears to me that at this time, in regard to the issue of violence against boys, girls and women, we are seeing a very important [social] rebellion across Mexico. There are men who are allied with us, but there are not enough of them," said Cacho.

Cacho noted during her presentation that today's generation of women can rely upon [Internet-based] social networks that provide better information. These tools can be used to assist our struggle against violence.

Although women are victims in some cases, in others they are the victimizers, said Cacho, referring to those who are involved in organized crime.

Being a woman, declared Cacho, is not synonymous with being "good." The role that women play in crime must be studied thoroughly. It is a factor, for example, in the crime of human trafficking.

Ardia Mendoza

Informador

Feb. 25, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

El gobernador de Puebla durante la ceremonia del Día de la Bandera

Puebla's new governor, Rafael Moreno Valle, appears at a Flag Day ceremony

Photo: Rafael García Otero

Nunca volverá a haber una Lydia Cacho en Puebla: RMV

El gobernador de Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, consideró que las modificaciones a los códigos Civil y Penal –para imponer sanciones económicas a los delitos de difamación y calumnia– permitirán a los periodistas “expresarse con toda libertad sin el riesgo de ir a la cárcel”, por lo que celebró las modificaciones realizadas recientemente por el Congreso del estado.

Incluso, refirió que durante su mandato no se volverá a repetir el caso de Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, quien fue acusada y aprehendida en 2005 por el presunto delito de difamación contra el industrial textilero Kamel Nacif, luego de que ella evidenciara una red de empresarios pederastas.

Tras la ceremonia del Día de la Bandera de México, Moreno Valle afirmó que cualquier periodista “podrá expresarse sin el temor real y de antes, de ir a la cárcel”; sin embargo, omitió opinar sobre la amplitud del monto impuesto como sanción máxima en caso de cometer daño moral.

“No volverá a haber una Lydia Cacho jamás, cualquier periodista podrá expresarse”, señaló Moreno Valle al finalizar un acto en el Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec durante una breve entrevista, mientras los encargados de la seguridad del mandatario abrían paso para que el gobernador subiera a la camioneta que lo llevaría al salón Protocolos en el Centro Histórico para encabezar otro acto de gobierno...

Puebla state's new governor, "We will never again have another case like that of Lydia Cacho

Puebla state's [recently inaugurated] governor, Rafael Moreno Valle is celebrating recent changes that have been made to the state's civil and criminal codes - that decriminalize defamation and calumny, and apply civil penalties instead. The modifications enacted by the state legislature will permit journalists to "express their ideas in complete freedom, without facing the risk of going to jail.," said Governor Moreno Valle.

Governor Moreno Valle announced that during his governorship, the state will never allow another case like that of Lydia Cacho to occur. In 2005 Cacho [a well known journalist, author, women's center director and human trafficking activist] was accused and arrested for the [then] crime of defamation. Cacho's arrest occurred after the publication of her 2005 book, The Demons in Eden, that described the workings of a child sex trafficking network, run by wealthy businessmen with official collusion, that operated in the resort city of Cancun. Textile magnate Kamel Nacif, who was named in Cacho's book, filed charges of defamation against Cacho in Puebla state.

During Puebla's national Flag Day ceremony, Governor Moreno Valle declared that any journalist may now express their ideas without fear of criminal sanction and the threat of going to jail. Nonetheless, the governor refused to comment about the size of the monetary penalties for defamation that are allowed under the new law.

"We will never have another case of a Lydia Cacho. Every journalist may express themselves," proclaimed the governor.

Governor Moreno declaration is his first as the newly elected governor of Puebla...

Arturo Alfaro Galán

La Jornada de Oriente

Feb. 25, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

The World, The United States

Maria Hinajosa of PBS interviews Kevin Bales about human trafficking on the Feb. 19, 2011 edition of One on One.

Photo: PBS

PBS reporter Maria Hinajosa interviews Kevin Bales, executive director of Free the Slaves (Video Link)

From PBS: Kevin Bales is one of the world's leading experts on modern-day slavery. He has determined that approximately 27 million people are enslaved worldwide. Although most of these slaves are in Africa and Asia, there are over 40,000 slaves living among us here in the United States.

Bales is the author of The Slave Next Door and Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, which has been translated into 10 languages. He is also the co-founder of the abolitionist group Free the Slaves, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2000 with the primary objective of ending slavery worldwide. In this One-on-One conversation, Bales discusses the realities of contemporary enslavement, the motivation behind his work, and how our generation can bring slavery to an end.

Here are some key notes from the interview:

* 600 or 700 million people live in places where the rule of law does not exist. Those people are vulnerable to slavery.

* In the northwest African nation of Mauritania, 15 to 25 percent of the population is enslaved.

* India is by far the largest holder of of slaves. The count may be above 15 million persons.

* Despite a brilliant anti-slavery law, some state and local governments and their police department live in denial.

* China, Thailand, Pakistan and nations in western Africa have the largest number of slaves worldwide.

* At a minimum, 40,000 enslaved persons live in the United States.

* The U.S. could be the first slave-free county in the world, if we just decide to make it happen.

* Just under half of all slaves in the U.S. are young women enslaved in prostitution.

* Enslaved women forced into prostitution in the U.S. include victims from Latin American and every nation in the world.

* Domestic servants, also young women, are the next largest category of slavery victims in the U.S., after sex slaves.

* Farm labor is the third largest group of enslaved people in the U.S.

* Women, regardless of the form of slavery, face sexual assault as part of their servitude.

Note: The full interview is available online at PBS One on One.

Public Braodcasting System

Feb. 19, 2011

 

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Commentary

Maria Hinajosa's wonderful PBS interview of Kevin Bales set another milestone in the quest to effectively publicize the facts about the crime of human trafficking.

However, we note that Latin America was only mentioned once or twice, and the crisis in the region was declared by Kevin Bales to be secondary to the apparently larger issues of human trafficking in Central / Eastern Europe, East and Southeast Asia, and India.

Like other luminaries in the global anti-trafficking movement's leading edge, which is English speaking, Kavin Bales' failure to focus on Latin America as a major source of human trafficking victimization is uncalled for.

In 2009 I called a public radio talk show and made this point to New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning writers Nicholas Kristoff and his wife Sheryl Wudunn, authors of the book Half the Sky. I have heard speeches by the past three directors of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons - where not a word was said about Latin America.

This code of silence must end.

According to veteran anti trafficking activist Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean, a recent study by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences shows that some 25% of the gross domestic product of Latin America and the Caribbean is derived from human trafficking activities. That figure is up from an earlier estimate by Ulloa that 17% of Latin American GDP was earned from human trafficking activities.

In addition to these figures, the International Organization for Migration's office for southern region (southern cone) of South America has published estimated that some $16 billion is created from human trafficking activities on an annual basis.

LibertadLatina exists to raise awareness of the facts involved in the human trafficking catastrophe that is growing daily in Latin America. Neither the press nor those who 'run the show' in the anti-trafficking movement can justify leaving 'little Maria in the brothel' - our metaphor for the silenced victims - out of the conversation.

End impunity now!

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the March, 2001 founding of LibertadLatina.org!

Chuck Goolsby

March 07, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Colombia

9 años y 6 meses de prisión a médicos por trata de personas

El juez 22 de Bogotá, con funciones de conocimiento, condenará al médico Eiber José Ochoa Márquez y a la sicóloga Elsy Marina de Guadalupe Pérez a 9 años y 6 meses de prisión por los delitos de trata de personas agravado y concierto para delinquir.

Por los mismos delitos será sentenciada la enfermera Arelis Delgado Aguirre a 7 años y 5 meses de cárcel luego que el juez avalara el preacuerdo entre la Fiscalía y la defensa. La lectura de fallo se llevará a cabo el próximo 8 de abril

Durante el proceso, la Fiscalía demostró que desde el 26 de febrero de 2010 en un consultorio de Bogotá los hoy condenados engañaban a mujeres embarazadas, preferencialmente con más de siete meses de gestación, con su estado de salud para extraer a los bebés y ofrecerles desde uno a cinco millones de pesos.

Como parte de la condena, tanto el médico como la sicóloga pagarán 533 salarios mínimos mensuales legales vigentes, mientras que la enfermera cancelará 400.

Los condenados fueron llevados a la cárcel del Buen Pastor y a la Modelo donde permanecen desde el 12 de julio de 2010, cuando el CTI allanó el consultorio donde delinquían.

Two doctors and a nurse are sentenced to prison for human trafficking crimes

Dr. Eiber José Ochoa Márquez and psychologist Elsy Marina de Guadalupe Pérez have both been sentenced to 9.5 years in prison on charges of human trafficking. The case involved criminal acts where vulnerable, pregnant women, preferably at 7 months of gestation, were targeted, Their babies were induced to be born, and the mothers were offered between 1 and 5 million Colombian Pesos as payment for their child. Nurse Arelis Delgado Aguirre was sentenced to 7 years and 5 months of prison in  case.

COLPRENSA

March 04, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Argentina

240 mujeres ya han sido reinsertadas social y laboralmente en la provincia

La subsecretaria de Igualdad de Oportunidades del Ministerio de Derechos Humanos, Norma Sawicz afirmó que, tras ser recuperadas, 240 mujeres víctimas de Trata de personas ya han sido reinsertadas social y laboralmente en la provincia.

Norma Sawicz, subsecretaria de Igualdad de Oportunidades

En ese sentido además indicó, en diálogo con Radio Libertad, que en la provincia se esta próximo a inaugurar dos casas de refugio para estas mujeres en las localidades de Oberá y Eldorado con capacidad para 8 personas.

Dijo que “la idea de abrir estas casas es poder, desde ese lugar, contenerlas, atenderlas tanto en lo que son sus necesidades físicas, una vivienda, asistencia médica, pero sobre todo contención de los trabajadores sociales, y la contención psicológica que es la más importante” manifestó.

Contó que en estos momentos tienen dos chicas en Posadas una es de Puerto Esperanza que esta embrazada de 8 meses,.

Asimismo manifestó que en Misiones bajó la cantidad de chicas que van desde la provincia hacía otros lugares, como así las personas que vienen a reclutar chicas, “por eso trabajamos mucho en el interior de la provincia con el tema de la prevención y sensibilización” dijo.

Por otra parte agregó que “nosotros trabajamos tratando de insertarlas nuevamente en su familia, en un trabajo, en la vida misma”.

Sobre los casos de trata de personas que están siendo tratados en la Justicia precisó que al momento hay 70 casos que están en espera, en los juzgados federales uno en Posadas y otro en Eldorado, “en donde nosotros vamos a colaborar en lo que sea”, marcó.

Además agregó “hasta el momento se han albergado en estos dos años, 240 mujeres que ya han sido devueltas a sus familiares, y en algunos casos a sus países ya que hemos albergado a chicas de Paraguay y Republica Dominicana que estaban siendo victima de trata en Córdoba”.

Some 240 women victims of human trafficking have been re-adapted to society and given jobs in Missiones province (a major center of sex trafficking in Argentina).

[Translation to follow]

Missiones Online

Feb. 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Argentina

Donan equipamiento informático para capacitar a víctimas de la trata

La subsecretaria, Norma Sawicz expreso: "con dichas herramientas se podrá trabajar en diferentes programas que son abordados para la reinserción social de estas personas que les permitirán rehacer sus vidas después de la situación que les tocó atravesar". Por otra parte, también se destinará parte de lo recibido a las fundaciones “Con Misiones y su Gente” e “Identidad Misionera”, las cuales brindarán capacitación a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad de la chacra 190 de Posadas.

Más de 50 equipos informáticos y muebles de oficina fueron donados para la conformación de las aulas que servirán para brindar capacitación en diferentes oficios a las víctimas que fueron rescatadas de las redes de trata. Además, parte de lo recibido será destinado también a que dos entidades sin fines de lucro puedan enseñar a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad.

La donación fue efectuada al departamento de Trata de Personas que depende de la dirección de Participación y Liderazgo de la subsecretaría de Igualdad de Oportunidades. Ello fue posible gracias a la solidaridad del Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas de la Nación, a cargo de Amado Boudou; desde donde se accedió tras las gestiones realizadas por el gerente del Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA), Benigno Vélez.

Se trata de más de 50 equipos informáticos, con sus respectivos muebles de oficina, que serán destinados a la capacitación de las víctimas del delito de trata de personas según lo establece uno de los ejes fijados por dicha dependencia provincial que consiste en la capacitación y asistencia.

La Subsecretaria Prof. Norma Sawicz expreso: "con dichas herramientas se podrá trabajar en diferentes programas que son abordados para la reinserción social de estas personas que les permitirán rehacer sus vidas después de la situación que les tocó atravesar".

Por otra parte, también se destinará parte de lo recibido a las fundaciones “Con Misiones y su Gente” e “Identidad Misionera”, las cuales brindarán capacitación a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad de la chacra 190 de Posadas.

Government authorities in Missiones province (a region of Argentina that is severely affected by sex trafficking) have donated 50 computers and office furniture to aid rescued trafficking victims in job training.

[Translation to follow]

Missiones Online

March 03, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Puerto Rico

Pop singer and human trafficking activist Ricky Martin

Fundación Ricky Martin abrirá un centro para combatir trata humana en Puerto Rico

La Fundación Ricky Martin (FRM) tiene previsto abrir en agosto de 2012 su primer centro de liderazgo para combatir la trata humana en Puerto Rico, el segundo crimen más lucrativo en el mundo, informó hoy su directora ejecutiva, Bibiana Ferraiouli.

Ferraiouli sostuvo en una rueda de prensa que el centro, que se construye en el pueblo de Loíza, al este de San Juan, se convertirá en un "espacio mágico" para la lucha contra la trata de personas.

Ricky Martin comenzó a combatir la trata humana tras un viaje en 2002 a la India donde observó la dimensión del problema en menores que se prostituían en las calles.

Desde ese entonces, el reconocido artista, su fundación, el sociólogo César Rey, la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), el centro John Hopkins de Baltimore (Maryland), y diez investigadores se unieron para investigar la trata humana en la isla caribeña.

Del estudio, titulado "La trata de personas en Puerto Rico: un reto a la invisibilidad" y que presentó Martin en febrero de 2010 en la UPR, se compilaron casos reales de sobrevivientes.

Según el estudio, por ejemplo, más de 800.000 personas son víctimas de tráfico humano anualmente en la frontera de Estados Unidos, y el 50 por ciento de ellas, son menores...

Pop singer and human trafficking activist Ricky Martin's foundation, in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, will open Puerto Rico's first anti-trafficking center in the community of Loíza, located east of the capital city of San Juan.

The Ricky Martin's foundation joined forces with the University of Puerto Rico and the Protection Project, and the JHU School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC] to produce the first-ever study of human trafficking Puerto Pico, "Trafficking in Persons in Puerto Rico: An Invisible Challenge."

...According to the study, some 800,000 persons become victims of human trafficking each year on the [southern] border of the United States [with Mexico]. Fifty percent of those victims are minors....

[Additional translation to follow]

Noticias Terra.com

Feb. 28, 2011

See also:

“La Trata de Personas en Puerto Rico: Un Reto a la Invisibilidad”

"Trafficking in Persons in Puerto Rico: An Invisible Challenge"

Cesar A. Ray Hernandez, PhD

Luisa Hernandez Angueira, PhD

Published by The Ricky Martin Foundation in cooperation with The Protection Project

Feb. 2010

See also:

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Puerto Rico, la República Dominicana

Donativos para frenar la trata de humanos

Doral Bank lanzó ayer dos nuevos productos de depósitos a través de los cuales hará donativos en metálico a la Fundación Ricky Martin, en un intento por contribuir a frenar el segundo crimen más lucrativo del mundo: el tráfico de seres humanos.

La iniciativa, bajo el nombre de “Esperanza” (Hope, en inglés), busca que por cada nueva cuenta de cheques y ahorro, o cuenta de ahorro infantil que se abra en esa institución, se done $1.00 a la organización creada hace unos nueve años por el afamado artista puertorriqueño.

Según Lucienne Gigante, vicepresidenta de Comunicaciones para Doral, las nuevas cuentas de depósito, representan la segunda etapa del programa de colaboración que comenzó hace un año.

El año pasado, Doral donó unos $700,000 a la organización a través de diversas iniciativas como una campaña de publicidad; la financiación del primer estudio acerca de la trata de humanos en Puerto Rico, la realización de una serie de talleres educativos, tanto a estudiantes como a la Judicatura y la Legislatura.

Según Bibiana Ferraiuoli, directora ejecutiva de la Fundación, unas 2,000 personas participaron de las actividades de educación y concienciación.

“El ancla es la educación”, dijo Ferraiuoli al indicar que en Puerto Rico, la trata de humanos tiene dimensión local e internacional.

“No estamos exentos del segundo crimen más lucrativo del mundo”, agregó la ejecutiva al tiempo que recordó que el negocio de la trata supone unos $32,000 millones.

Datos recopilados por la organización, indican que unos 27 millones de personas en el mundo son víctimas de alguna forma de trata, sea por explotación sexual, pornografía o trabajos forzados, esclavitud o extracción de órganos. De éstos, 1.2 millones son niños.

Los donativos permitirán a la Fundación continuar el trabajo investigativo en torno a la trata de personas en Puerto Rico y expandirlo a República Dominicana. También permitirán la creación de un centro de ayuda para las víctimas de este delito.

Donations aid the fight against human trafficking

The Doral Bank in Puerto Rico recently launched a series of consumer options that include a $1.00 donation to the Ricky Martin Foundation when an account is opened. During 2010, Doral Bank donated $700,000 to the foundation, which financed the first-ever study of human trafficking in Puerto Rico, a public awareness campaign, and workshops and awareness activities about trafficking that were attended by 2,000 people.

Current donations will allow the foundation to continue its research on human trafficking in Puerto Rico, as well as allow it to expand its activities to the Dominican Republic [the largest source of internationally transported victims of sexual slavery in all of Latin America]. These funds will also finance a new human trafficking center to be built in Puerto Rico.

El Nuevo Dia

March 01, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Peru

Señalan que la trata de personas se incrementó en la capital

Tras hacer una donación de de equipos tecnológicos de última generación a la Policía Nacional (PNP) para intensificar la investigación contra la trata de personas, la ONG CHS Alternativo informó que el mencionado delito se incrementó en la capital.

Ricardo Valdés, director de la mencionada organización, alertó que la trata de personas se ha incrementado en la capital, principalmente en puntos de referencia como las avenidas Rufino Torrico, Colmena y Grau, en el Cercado de Lima.

“Son puntos ya conocidos. También están algunos lugares de Lima Norte y en la zona de Huachipa, hacia Chosica, tanto en explotación sexual como laboral”, comentó el representante de la CHS Alternativo, organización que integra el Grupo de Trabajo Multisectorial Permanente contra la Trata de Personas.

Donación de equipos

Valdés explicó que la donación consta de dos computadoras portátiles, servidores para registros de casos, cuatro kits de seguridad con filmadoras, además de cámaras botón y de llavero.

“Entregamos estos equipos como parte del convenio que tenemos con el ministerio del Interior. De esta manera venimos apoyando el equipamiento de 22 direcciones territoriales hasta el momento”, señaló a Andina.

Human trafficking is increasing in Lima, Peru's capital city

CHS Alternativo, a major Peruvian non governmental organization dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary approach to fighting human trafficking has donated state of the art technology systems to the Peruvian National Police (PNP), to allow the agency to intensify its investigations of human trafficking cases.

Ricardo Valdés, director of CHS Alternativo, warned that cases of both sex and labor trafficking are increasing in Lima, the nation's capital, especially on the avenues of Rufino Torrico, Colmena and Grau...

Equipment Donations

Valdés said that CHS Alternativo had donated to the PNP laptop computers, case management software and four kits that include film cameras.

"We have donated these types of equipment to 22 police agencies to date, as part of an agreement made between CHS Alternativo and the Ministry of the Interior.

La Republica

March 04, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico

Tijuana- La actriz, Kate del Castillo, embajadora de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, durante el arranque nacional de "Jornadas de capacitación contra la trata de personas", en el Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Foto: NOTIMEX / Eduardo Jaramillo

Necesario Mas Combate a la Trata De Personas

Tijuana- El presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, afirmó aquí que la trata de personas es operada por grupos del crimen organizado que hacen que este delito se vuelva invisible.

Al presidir junto con autoridades del estado y municipio las Jornadas de Capacitación Contra la Trata de Personas que la CNDH puso en marcha, el ombudsman enfatizó la necesidad de prevenir que más víctimas de este delito caigan en las redes delincuenciales.

Dijo que los delincuentes vinculados a la trata de personas se encuentran relacionados con la explotación laboral y con el tráfico de indocumentados y que la ausencia de legislación impide tratar adecuadamente este crimen. Señaló que aunque la CNDH no posee cifras, datos de la Unicef en el país señalan que son explotados entre 16 mil niñas y niños, y las fronteras y los lugares de playa son los sitios donde se registra más este delito por la existencia del turismo.

Aseveró que la CNDH acude a todos los sectores sociales, pero sobre todo con los servidores públicos y los padres de familia para que identifiquen las características de la trata de personas y cómo prevenirla. Explicó que algunos de los factores de la trata humana se encuentra presente en diferentes renglones, pero sobre todo en materia sexual y laboral y el sector más vulnerable lo constituyen los niños, las niñas y las mujeres.

Abundó que los casos aumentan debido a las diferencias económicas, generalmente la extrema pobreza, la exclusión, la discriminación y el desempleo, y que se trata de un delito clandestino sobre el que no existen cifras oficiales...

[Translation to follow]

Eduardo Jaramillo

NOTIMEX

March 03, 2011


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

The World, Mexico

Jineth Bedoya takes notes in December 2000 under the watch of a bodyguard in Bogotá in an armored car after she was kidnapped, beaten, and raped in April that year. Photo: AP/Ariana Cubillos

Documenting sexual violence against journalists

The news of the sexual assault against CPJ board member and CBS correspondent Lara Logan hit us hard on Tuesday. At CPJ, we work daily to advocate on behalf of journalists under attack in all kinds of horrific situations around the world. Because of Lara's untiring work with our Journalist Assistance program, she's well known to everyone on our staff.

Since the news broke, we have been asked why there is little on our website about sexual assaults, and what kind of data we have about women journalists and rape. The simple answers are these: We have little on our site because sexual assault is not commonly reported to us--the data, therefore, is not available. What I can tell you is that we receive calls in which journalists report on risky conditions in particular cities or countries, sometimes telling us of their personal molestation or rape, and usually ask that we not share their private pain...

Here are some of the cases of sexual violence against journalists CPJ has documented:

Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya was raped, kidnapped, and beaten in May 2000 after reporting on far-right paramilitaries while on assignment for the Bogotá daily El Espectador: "Floating in and out of consciousness, Bedoya was taken to a house across the street from the prison," wrote CPJ's Frank Smyth that same year. "The kidnappers bound her hands and feet, taped her mouth, and blindfolded her eyes. Then they drove her to Villavicencio, where she was savagely beaten and raped. During the assault, the men told her in graphic detail about all the other journalists who they planned to kill."

CPJ protested the Bedoya attack in a letter that month to then-President Andrés Pastrana Arango and followed up with a letter in September expressing concern about the lack of progress in the investigation. By year's end, however, no one had been detained and the prosecutor in charge of the investigation had not even contacted Bedoya, according to the journalist. CPJ met with Bedoya last year, and she told us that although it is believed that undercover agents were behind the attack, Colombian authorities have still done nothing.

In 2006, we reported on a plot to kidnap and rape Mexican journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro. Cacho was arrested on December 17, 2005, and released on bail the next day in connection with a case against her for defamation and slander, which CPJ found was brought in retaliation for her reporting on a child pornography and prostitution ring. Tapes of telephone conversations between several people, two of whom were the governor of the state of Puebla, Mario Marín, and a local businessman, were delivered to the Mexico City offices of the daily La Jornada. Media reports said the recordings were made before and during Cacho's detention. In the tapes, obscene language was used to describe plans to put Cacho behind bars and assault her. In one conversation before Cacho's arrest, a man who was identified by the Mexican press as Hanna Nakad Bayeh, a Puebla-based clothing manufacturer, asked businessman José Camel Nacif Borge to pay someone to rape her in jail. According to the transcriptions published in La Jornada, Nacif replied, "she has already been taken care of..."

Lauren Wolfe / CPJ Senior Editor

Committee to Protect Journalists

Feb., 2011


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The World

Siddharth Kara, a Fellow at the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Harvard Kennedy School

Forum on Entreprenuership and Human Trafficking event: “Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Trafficking: What Every Business Leader Needs to Know”

While human trafficking has received considerable media attention in the past few years, it is often portrayed from the perspective of activists, policy makers or humanitarian organizations. This panel will focus on how to tackle the complicated issue of human trafficking from a supply-chain management perspective, informing global business leaders about the darker side of globalization and generating solutions to these problems. The panelists will examine the economics of the human trafficking industry and highlight effective strategies that businesses are using to combat it.

Panelists:

* Sandra J. Sucher (Moderator), Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

* Dawn Conway, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, LexisNexis Group

* Josh Green, Chief Executive Officer, Panjiva

* Shelley Simmons, Director of Brand Communications and Values, The Body Shop

* Siddharth Kara, Fellow, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Business School

March 06, 2011

Note: Siddharth Kara is an Affiliate of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program, and a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery. He is also the author of the award-winning book, "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery," the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. “Sex Trafficking” was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The Award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award.

See also:

Siddarth Kara filmed during a 1.5 hour presentation at Harvard University on his interesting approach to ending human trafficking

(Video on Youtube.com)

Harvard Kennedy School

2009


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico, The United States

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico

ATF agent says "Fast and Furious" program let guns "walk" into hands of Mexican drug cartels with aim of tracking and breaking a big case

Washington, DC - Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.

He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico?

"Yes ma'am," Dodson told CBS News. "The agency was."

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.

Investigators call the tactic letting guns "walk." In this case, walking into the hands of criminals who would use them in Mexico and the United States.

Sharyl Attkisson's original "Gunrunner" report

Center for Public Integrity report

Dodson's bosses say that never happened. Now, he's risking his job to go public.

"I'm boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we've been doing it every day since I've been here," he said. "Here I am. Tell me I didn't do the things that I did. Tell me you didn't order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn't happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn't happen."

Agent Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.

ATF named the case "Fast and Furious..."

Sharyl Attkisson

CBS News

March 3, 2011

 
   

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Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

Lydia Cacho and Marisol Valles

Photos: Cuartoscuro Archivo

Marisol Valles y Lydia Cacho, mujeres mexicanas que impactan al mundo

Marisol Valles García, la joven que asumió la jefatura de policía en una violenta comunidad del estado mexicano de Chihuahua, y Lydia Cacho, una periodista que ha documentado la trata de personas en México, fueron incluidas por la revista Newsweek en su primera lista de las 150 mujeres que han sacudido al mundo, informó Notimex.

La lista, publicada a propósito del Día Internacional de la Mujer, reconoce a quienes desde diferentes rincones del mundo continúan haciendo aportes que impactan la vida diaria de miles o millones de personas.

“Con ardiente energía, las mujeres construyen escuelas, inician negocios, combaten corrupción, aprovechando nuevas tecnologías y echando abajo viejos prejuicios”, explica el prólogo de la lista.

Marisol Valles and Lydia Cacho, Mexican women who impact the world

Valles Marisol Garcia, the young woman who became the chief of police in a small, violent town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, and Lydia Cacho, a journalist who has documented human trafficking in Mexico were listed by Newsweek magazine in its first list of 150 women who have shaken the world, Notimex reported.

The list, published for International Women's Day, honors women from different corners of the world who make contributions that impact the daily lives of thousands or millions of people.

"With fiery energy, these women build schools, start businesses and fight corruption while drawing upon new technologies and breaking down old prejudices," says the preface to the list.

Marisol Valles was recently suspended from office for failing to report to work... when her approved leave of absence expired on March 2nd. Valles had requested time off for personal reasons. U.S. immigration authorities later confirmed that she is in the U.S.

In regard to her work, the publication stated that anywhere in the world where "a young woman gains control over her own destiny, that person raises the value of human rights [for those around her]."

In regard to Lydia Cacho, whose research showed the complicity of Mexican businessmen and officials in crimes of human trafficking and child prostitution, Newsweek said that Cacho "thunders against the degradation of women and the scourge of drug gangs" from her newspaper column.

Although France has offered Cacho asylum to protect her from the threats she receives [in Mexico] in response to her work, recalled the publication, she has refused to give up. "I do not see why I should leave my country, because I'm good at my job," said Cacho.

Among the other Latin American women on this year’s list are former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.

In addition, the list of Newsweek includes the political leader of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi, actress Angelina Jolie for her contributions as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, and U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama.

Also on the list were built not so well known figures such as Rebecca Lolosoli, who led a movement for the emancipation of tribal women from her native Kenya.

CNN Mexico

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

Lydia Cacho

Photo: Stephanie Sinclair / VII for Newsweek

Women in the World: Lydia Cacho, Mexico

A longtime social activist, Lydia Cacho founded a shelter for sexually exploited women and children in Cancun. In 2005, she wrote Los Demonios del Eden, in which she accused a hotel owner of child pornography and prostitution, and incriminated other Mexican politicians and businessmen for protecting the pedophile. Those denounced in her book targeted Cacho with violence; one sued and had her illegally arrested. She was freed when the United Nations Human Rights Council offered her political asylum. Cacho is currently a columnist at El Universal, Mexico’s main national newspaper. Lydia Cacho Ribiero, the Mexican journalist, describes a recent phone call. "[The caller] told me they would cut my head off," she says. Even for the 47-year-old Cacho, who has survived assassination attempts and a sexual assault, the threat was surreal. Cacho has thundered on behalf of women's rights in books and in newspaper columns for El Universal, but Mexico's drug war has given her writing a new urgency. She hopes to produce a portrait of women in the narcosphere, from the wives and girlfriends of the cartel bosses to those of the lowliest assassin.

The Daily Beast

March, 2011

See also:

150 Women Who Shake the World

The Daily Beast

March, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Peru

Press conference on anti-trafficking efforts in Madre de Dios, Peru

Minería informal en Madre de Dios genera prostitución infantil

Así lo reveló el ministro del Interior, Miguel Hidalgo

La minería informal trae sus secuelas, y no es sólo la contaminación ambiental. Este tipo de actividad, trabajada en su clandestinidad y muy recurrente en la región de Madre de Dios, genera la explotación sexual de menores de edad y el tráfico ilegal de combustible, ssí lo reveló el ministro del Interior, Miguel Hidalgo.

“Hemos comprobado que la minería informal, que genera recursos, a la vez viene contribuyendo en la generación de delitos y faltas graves, como trata de personas, explotación sexual de menores, violencia, entre otros”, explicó Hidalgo Medina.

A su vez, resaltó que gracias a un trabajo de inteligencia de la Policía Nacional se ha logrado rescatar a 69 niñas de las garras de las prostitución infantil y devolverlas a sus padres.

Por otro lado, exhortó a los minero informarles a optar por la formalidad por el bien de la comunidad de Madre de Dios.

“La minería informal produce mil millones de dólares al año. ¿Cuánto de ese dinero se queda en Madre de Dios? ¿Cuántos impuestos se dejan de pagar?”, se preguntó el titular del Interior, antes de añadir que la solución es la formalización.

Informal Mining in Peru’s Madre de Dios region causes child prostitution, says Interior Minister Miguel Hidalgo

According to Interior Minister, Miguel Hidalgo Medina, informal mining has its bad effects, and not just in regard pollution. Such mining, which is done in secrecy and is widespread in the Madre de Dios [Mother of God] region, creates an environment where the sexual exploitation of minors and illegal fuel sales abound.

"We have found that informal mining, generating incomes, while at the same time contributing to serious crimes such as human trafficking, the sexual exploitation of children and violence, among others," said Hidalgo Medina.

Hidalgo Medina added that thanks to intelligence work of the National Police, authorities have managed to rescue 69 girls from the clutches of child prostitution and return them to their parents…

Generaccion

March 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

La mujer campesina, victima de un sistema economico, politico y antisocial

Aunque los informes oficiales señalan mayor preocupación de nuestros gobernantes por atender la problematica de la mujer campesina, en realidad, es el sector de la población con menores oportunidades de desarrollo personal, educativo, cultural, profesional, laboral. La mujer campesina vive los mayores indices de inseguridad, desigualdad, inequidad, marginación y exclusión social.

Las estadisticas que refleja el INEGI, permiten comprobar que vivimos una sociedad de grandes contrastes sociales, donde el sistema democratico republicano y el modelo de economía abierta que vivimos en México, no son benevolos y mucho menos justos con el sector mayoritario de la población nacional....

Nuestro sistema político reproduce y fomenta entre los ciudadanos prácticas de abuso, corrupción y agandalle, como principios de una supuesta cultura de éxito personal. Una cultura mediocre y falsa que corrompe y degrada nuestra sociedad, destruyendo valores individuales, familiares y comunitarios, que promueve falsas expectativas que comfrontan a nuestra sociedad, donde las mujeres son víctimas directas de la perversión de éste sistema, ya que representan la base estructural de la sociedad donde se encuentra mejor cimentados los valores del ser humano, el amor, la solidaridad, la equidad,la igualdad, la lealtad y la honestidad...

Rural [including many indigenous] women are the victims of a political and economic system that is… antisocial

Although official reports indicate that the nation’s leaders are expressing significant levels of concern about the plight of rural [and largely indigenous] women, this sector of the population has the fewest opportunities for personal, educational, cultural, labor and professional development. Rural women also live with high levels of insecurity, inequality, marginalization and social exclusion.

These statistics, created by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), allow us to demonstrate that we live in a society of huge social contrasts, where the democratic political system of the republic, and our open economic model are not, in fact benevolent, much less than fair to the majority of the nation’s population.

Women

According to the 2010 national census, 13 million of Mexico’s 57.5 million women and girls live in the Mexican countryside. Of these, 5.5 million are indigenous women who speak a Native language One in three who are old enough to read and write are illiterate, because they have not gone to school. Only one in ten of them have a secondary education, so that their awareness of their own human rights is extremely limited. These women and girls are subjected to discrimination, exploitation and exclusion.

In Mexico there are 900 000 ejido [communally held farm] members, commune members and small land owners. Most are women over 50 years-of-age who have inherited their land as widows. They do not actually farm these plots. That is a task that their children or other men from the family perform. In other cases they rent the land when they do not have access to labor to work the fields. As a result, they must live on meager earnings, and are often forced to sell the only thing they own, their land.

As a result of this process, landless indigenous people in Mexico have become a mobile class of modern slaves – men, women and children who only have the freedom to choose which landowner to rent themselves to during the agricultural cycle. They receive miserable salaries in these farm fields, where there are no dreams of prosperity for the laborer, only dreams of surviving to get to the start of the next agricultural cycle.  

Women not only work alongside their husbands to supplement the family income, they also care for their children, wash clothes and prepare food for their families. They live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, where they cannot accumulate any family savings, because they own nothing but their labor.

The sufferings of indigenous women farm workers are double those of other women. They are even more poorly paid, and are sometimes not paid at all [the purest form of modern labor slavery]. They only thing that they are allowed to manage is their family’s condition of misery. The one family asset that they do have consists of the moral values ​​of unity, solidarity and family love given to us by our ancestors.

While it is true that today we see a greater participation by Mexican women in the economic, cultural, financial, commercial, athletic and political life of Mexico, it is also true that we have to endure harsh social disparities that keeps us well below the expected standards of equality between men and women, as a result of exclusionary policies that limit opportunities not only for men, but especially for women and girls to study and work in conditions of gender equality.

Our political system encourages people to engage in abusive practices, corruption and self serving criminal behavior as principles of a culture of alleged personal success. The result is a mediocre and false culture that corrupts and degrades our society, destroying individual, family and community values, and which promotes false expectations in our society. Women are direct victims of the perversion of this system, given that they represent the structural basis for the positive human values of love, solidarity, equality, fairness and honesty in society.

This land, water, culture and biodiversity are ours!

The Executive Committee of COCYP (The Union of Popular and Rural People’s Organizations)

Central de Organizaciones Campesinas y Populares

March 08, 2011


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Mexico

Indigenous women in Mexico

Photo: COCYP

El narco seduce a las indígenas mexicanas

"Cada vez aumenta más el número de mujeres del sector rural que engrosan las filas del narcotráfico, porque el maíz no es negocio, lo que dispara los niveles de inseguridad, violencia intrafamiliar, corrupción y muerte en el campo", denunció José Jacobo Femat, líder de la Central de Organizaciones Campesinas y Populares (COCYP).

En su acto por el Día Internacional de la Mujer, la COCYP afirmó que en México "hay poco que celebrar en el caso del campo y menos en las zonas indígenas, en donde sobreviven 5,5 millones de mujeres en condiciones de miseria y abandono, así como analfabetismo y severos grados de desnutrición junto a sus hijos". Según sus registros, sólo una de cada diez tiene educación media, y son objeto de discriminación, explotación y exclusión.

El dirigente campesino reveló que las jornaleras ganan hasta un 50% menos que los hombres y "están más expuestas a enfermedades como cáncer y enfisemas, ante la total ausencia de seguridad social en sus comunidades".

"Trece millones de mujeres son víctimas de un sistema económico y político de discriminación, explotación y exclusión, pues ellas sólo cuentan con un ingreso semanal de 400 pesos (33 dólares) a cambio de realizar labores en el medio rural de hasta 12 horas al día", declaró Femat...

The drug cartels seduce Indigenous Mexican women

"Growing numbers of rural Mexican women are swelling the ranks of the drug cartels, because raising corn is no longer a viable source of income. The result are sharp increases in the levels of insecurity, domestic violence, corruption and death in the countryside," complained José Jacobo Femat, the head of COCYP (The Union of Popular and Rural People’s Organizations).

During his International Women's Day declaration, Femat said that in Mexico there is little to celebrate in the nation’s rural regions, and even less in its indigenous areas, where 5.5 million women survive in conditions of misery, neglect, illiteracy and severe degrees of malnutrition for themselves and their children. According to COCYP, only one in ten rural women has a basic education, and as a group, they are subjected to discrimination, exploitation and exclusion.

The peasant leader revealed that laborers earn up to 50% less than men and are "more vulnerable to diseases like cancer and emphysema, and face a total absence of social security in their communities."

"Thirteen million women are victims of economic and political system of discrimination, exploitation and exclusion, as they only have a weekly income of 400 pesos (33 dollars) in return for work in rural areas up to 12 hours a day "said Femat.

Children and the Drug Cartels

In mid-February, 2011, the Tabasco state Human Rights Commission (CEDH) denounced the fact that organized crime "rents indigenous children in the [southern border] state of Chiapas. The children are then taken to Tabasco’s state capital city of Villahermosa and other urban centers in southeast Mexico.”

Jesus Manuel Argáez de los Santos, president of the CEDH said that Tabasco state holds second place nationally its rate of human trafficking activity, while Mexico holds third place globally as a center of modern human slavery globally, following only Russia and Thailand.

"Human trafficking is the third most lucrative business for organized crime worldwide, only surpassed by drugs and arms trafficking, because it produces annual earnings of approximately 9.5 billion dollars. According to figures from the United Nations, during the past 25 years at least 27 million people worldwide have been victims of labor sexual or [other] commercial forms of exploitation" explained Argáez de los Santos.

Infobae.com

March 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Peru

Peruvian women celebrate International Women's Day, 2011

Hoy se celebran 100 años del Día Internacional de la Mujer

Desde los seis años tuvo que aprender, a la buena o a la mala, lo que era sembrar yucas y sachapapas, por cero remuneración. Ese fue su destino y el de todas las mujeres de la comunidad Bora, en la región Loreto, a la cual pertenece.

Sin ellas, la economía de su ya empobrecida familia podría escasear aún más y los más pequeños de casa se quedarían sin un bocado que llevarse a la boca. Resulta que el trabajo de mujeres bora como Gladys es indispensable en el ciclo de producción de alimentos, tanto o mucho más que el de los hombres de su comunidad.

Ponen el hombro

Eso es algo que confirma María Sangama Fachín, de la localidad loretana de Nauta, pues ella y sus coterráneas desde que nacen tienen que ir al campo a poner el hombro, a pesar de que muchos hombres –aún hoy– no las consideren sus iguales y las miren hacia abajo.

“Las mujeres somos discriminadas. Hay mucho machismo. Por eso traté de gestionar un Centro de Emergencia Mujer (CEM), porque la violencia familiar era demasiada, lo mismo que la trata de personas”, sostuvo con un atisbo de pena. Sabe bien que Nauta es un mendigo sentado sobre un banco de oro, o mejor dicho sobre un pozo de petróleo. Sin embargo, a pesar de esa riqueza y de los esfuerzos, siguen en la cima del ranking de la extrema pobreza.

Es difícil ser mujer

Solo así ellas podrían defenderse del puño del hombre. Como dice la artesana Norma Vitamar Mejía Campos, natural de Cajamarca, en la zona rural es muy difícil ser mujer por culpa del excesivo machismo. “El hombre toma todas las decisiones. Incluso la cantidad de hijos. Dependiendo del lugar, es ‘obligación’ de la mujer tener mínimo doce hijos”.

Protegerse con algún método anticonceptivo, ni pensarlo. Sus esposos serían capaces de matarlas. Pero ¿cómo alimentan a tantos? Pues ahí entra a tallar nuevamente la mujer. La que no está inmersa en las labores del campo se dedica a la artesanía para obtener “algo” más para la mesa de su hogar.

Con todo esto, ¿hay algo que celebrar? Pues creen que se debe celebrar el valor y la fortaleza de la mujer peruana. Pero sobre todo se debe reflexionar sobre la inexistencia de una equidad que les permita desarrollarse en todos los campos sin miedos.

Una labor notable pero invisible

Cuando en 1911 se celebró por primera vez el Día de la Mujer, solamente en dos países las mujeres tenían derecho a voto.

En Junín, el 35% de mujeres se dedica a labores agrícolas. Según el grado de instrucción, el 12 por ciento de trabajadoras agrícolas no tiene instrucción académica, el 27 por ciento concluyó su primaria, el 23 por ciento logró concluir sus estudios secundarios y solo el 1.5 por ciento cuenta con educación técnica concluida.

Estas mujeres son miembros de la Federación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Artesanas, Indígenas, Nativas y Asalariadas del Perú (Femucarinap). En sus regiones de origen son lideresas y ejemplo de trabajo, tenacidad y tesón.

Consuelo Alonzo C.

La Republica

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

Unas 30 mujeres fueron secuestradas y prostituidas en Puebla, revela legisladora

De las 62 mujeres que se atendieron en la Comisión Especial de la Lucha contra la Trata de Personas en la Cámara de Diputados el año pasado, más de la mitad estuvieron secuestradas en Puebla, reveló la presidente de dicha comisión, Rosi Orozco, en una entrevista que concedió a La Jornada de Oriente, después de su participación en el panel “La trata de personas, atención a víctimas”, organizado por el Sistema DIF estatal en el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer.

La legisladora acusó que durante la administración del ex gobernador Mario Marín Torres las mujeres que fueron víctimas de trata de personas vivieron en estado de indefensión, ya que los policías en lugar de protegerlas eran quienes las violaban.

En este sentido, refirió que la Comisión Especial de la Lucha contra la Trata de Personas en la Cámara de Diputados tiene documentado un caso de una niña 13 años, quien fue secuestrada y violada por un grupo de policías estatales en el Hotel La Rosa, ubicado en el Centro Histórico de la capital poblana.

La legisladora señaló que los dueños del hotel sacaban a todos sus clientes para que el grupo de policías pudieran hacer sus orgías con la menor.

Indicó que la persona que introdujo a la menor en las redes de trata de personas y prostitución se llama Gerardo Campos, quien hasta ahora sigue libre porque en la administración de Mario Marín Torres, el procurador del estado no hizo nada para capturarlo...

Deputy Rosie Orozco: Thirty women were abducted and forced into prostitution in Puebla

According to Deputy Rosi Orozco (National Action Party – PAN), of the 62 women who were interviewed by the Special Committee to Combat Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies [lower house of Congress] in 2010, over half of them had been kidnapped in the state of Puebla. Deputy Orozco, president of the congressional commission, spoke in the city of Puebla (capital of the state of Puebla) after her participation in the panel Human trafficking – Assistance for the Victims, an International Women’s Day event that was organized by the Puebla state social services agency – DIF (Integral Family Development).

Deputy Orozco charged that during the administration of former governor Mario Marín Torres, women who were victims of trafficking in persons lived in an undefended state, given that it was the police themselves who [habitually] raped these victims.

Speaking directly about this problem, Deputy Orozco went on to say that her congressional anti-trafficking commission has documented a case of a girl 13 who was abducted and raped by a group of Puebla State Police officers in the Hotel La Rosa, located historic center of the city of Puebla.

Deputy Orozco noted that the hotel’s owners evicted all of its customers so that the group of police officers could carry on orgies with the child.

The man who sex trafficked the underage victim was Gerardo Campos, who so far remains free because under the administration of former Governor Mario Marín Torres, the state attorney general did nothing to arrest him, said Deputy Orozco.

"We have gone from one official to another. We hope that the new Puebla Attorney General or that of neighboring Tlaxcala state find Campos, because it been tragic to see this girl being moved from one institution to another [since her rescue]. The victim had filed a formal criminal complaint with the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence Against Women and Trafficking in Persons (FEVIMTRA) – an office of the of the Attorney General Office of the Republic (PGR - equivalent to the U.S. Department of Justice). No action was taken against Campos by the former state administration.

We hope that the new Puebla Attorney General will finally do something, because this girl spent three years being tortured, burned with an iron, beaten with chains, kicked, grabbed and forced to have abortions. Campos cannot remain free," declared Deputy Orozco.

Deputy Orozco warned that the city of Angelópolis "is full of places where human trafficking crimes are committed." She therefore, urged the new state Legislature to make ratify the state’s Law for the Prevention of the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Victim Protection and Assistance, adopted during the last Legislature.

Deputy Orozco added that the state government should establish an a multi-sectoral collaboration to address human trafficking and create training and awareness program addressing care for victims of trafficking - with prosecutors, judges, magistrates and police.

During the panel, Deputy Orozco said that 70,000 underage girls are victims of trafficking in Mexico.

Rubí Blancas, representative of the Regional Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, warned that newspaper classified ads are a danger. She said that each day that these types of ads are published brings with it another woman who will be victimized by the trafficking networks.

América Farías Ocampo

La Jornada de Oriente

March 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 17, 2011

Mexico

Liberan a 9 centroamericanas victimas de trata

Las autoridades mexicanas liberaron hoy a un grupo de nueve mujeres centroamericanas, siete de ellas menores de edad, víctimas de trata de personas, informaron fuentes oficiales.

En operativos realizados por cuerpos policiales locales y federales, con apoyo del Ejército, las mujeres originarias de Honduras y El Salvador fueron rescatadas cuando eran retenidas en bares y prostíbulos en dos localidades del estado sureño de Chiapas, frontera con Guatemala. La Procuraduría de Justicia del Estado indicó que allanó y clausuró al menos siete bares donde más de 20 personas fueron arrestadas bajo cargos de trata de personas.

Tres de las mujeres fueron rescatadas de una taberna en la ciudad de San Cristóbal de las Casas, y otras seis en el municipio de Frontera Comalapa. Las mujeres eran contratadas como meseras en cantinas, pero luego se las obligaba a prostituirse.

Agentes de la Fiscalía Especial para Delitos de Violencia contra Mujeres y Trata de Personas investigan una banda dedicada a la trata que presumen opera en la frontera sur de México, con ramificaciones en Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras y otras naciones de Centro y Suramérica.

Police operation frees 2 Central American women and 7 underage girls from sexual slavery

Mexican authorities today freed a group of two women and seven underage girls, all from Central America, who were victims of human trafficking.

During a joint operation organized by federal and local police forces assisted by the Mexican Army, the victims were rescued from bars and brothels where they were enslaved in two towns in Chiapas state, along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala. The Chiapas state Attorney General's office indicated that seven bars were raided and closed, and 20 persons were arrested on charges of human trafficking during the operation.

Three of the victims were rescued from a tavern in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Thee other six victims were found in the town of Frontera Comalapa. The women and girls had all been offered jobs as waitresses and were then forced into prostitution.

Agents of the federal Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking are investigating a human trafficking network that operates along Mexico's southern border, and has tentacles in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other nations across Central and South America.

ANSA (Italy)

March 16, 2011


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Mexico

Denuncian red de explotación sexual en Jojutla

En materia de igualdad entre hombres y mujeres falta mucho por hacer: Instituto de la Mujer.

El Instituto de la Mujer para el Estado de Morelos dio a conocer que se ha identificado una red de delincuencia organizada, dedicada a la trata de personas, que copta mujeres y las explota como sexoservidoras en el municipio de Jojutla.

La directora del organismo Erika Cortés Martínez expresó que lamentablemente este tipo de delitos graves afectan a niños y niñas, así como a mujeres. En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, la funcionaria señaló que falta mucho por hacer y entre los retos se encuentra la resolución de casos de homicidios de mujeres.

Destacó que también ha habido en la última década avances en materia legislativa, como es la cuota de participación política con un mínimo del 40% de representación de género, la legislación en relación a la atención a las víctimas de violencia, la Ley de Derecho de la Mujer a una Vida Libre de Violencia. Reconoció que aun hay pendientes, y de hecho refirió que hay 18 propuestas de modificación al marco legal, que ha entregado el instituto y que se encuentran en la Consejería Jurídica.

También comentó que hay resultados en la cobertura en salud para mujeres indígenas, cursos y apoyos para el empleo, entre otros. El 87% de las mujeres saben que es violencia, que hacer y a donde acudir, “y eso ya es un gran avance”.

El año pasado se registraron 45 denuncias formales ante la Procuraduría General de Justicia (PGJ), y cada vez aumenta la cultura de la denuncia, pues en el primer año sólo hubo 16 casos...

The Morelos state Institute for Women has announced the identification of a criminal network that is dedicated to entrapping women and then exploiting them in the town of Jojutla.

Institute for Women director Erika Cortés Martínez stated that lamentably, human trafficking crimes also affect boys and girls. Speaking on International Women's Day, Cortés Martínez declared that there is still much work to do on gender violence issues. Among the problems, she added, is our ability to resolve cases of murders of women...

Tlaulli Rocio Preciado Bahena

La Unión de Morelos

March 09, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Argentina

Un delito con víctimas cada vez más jóvenes

En las últimas horas liberaron a una menor paraguaya obligada a prostituirse en pleno centro platense. Cómo operan las redes.

La vida que dejó atrás a principios de febrero, su vida, debió quedar en algún sitio impreciso detrás de esa ventanita miserable que se convirtió en su única conexión con la calle durante casi un mes. De este lado de la ventana todo fue una pesadilla difícil de explicar para sus cortos 17 años. En esa pesadilla hubo hombres bien trajeados, desconocidos que cada tanto entraban al cuarto sin pedir permiso pero sintiéndose con derecho a todo: los clientes. También integraron ese sueño amargo la encargada que dos veces al día le alcanzaba un plato de comida siempre insuficiente. Y su prima, la que allá en el Paraguay le prometió un trabajo de moza y terminó poniéndola en manos de la organización que la convirtió en una esclava sexual en pleno centro de La Plata.

La pesadilla, destinada a dejar una huella indeleble en su vida, comenzó el 6 de febrero, cuando la joven paraguaya liberada por la Justicia en las últimas horas de una casa donde la obligaban a prostituirse, conoció todos los rostros de la indiferencia y la crueldad. Pero uno de los que más le dolió, según contaría más tarde a la Justicia, fue el de los clientes. Esos extraños, más de 70, que la escucharon contar su historia de engaño y esclavitud y en ningún caso se conmovieron lo suficiente como para hacer una denuncia ante la Justicia. La denuncia llegaría de otra parte, de un vecino que vio algo sospechoso y decidió llamar al 911.

El caso que por estas horas conmueve a la ciudad dista de ser un hecho aislado. Es la cara más visible y más reciente de un fenómeno que crece y afecta a cada vez a más mujeres y cada vez más jóvenes: la trata de personas. Sólo en La Plata fueron liberadas en los últimos meses una decena de menores y más de 20 mayores de edad convertidas en esclavas sexuales por redes de prostitución. En todo el país son alrededor de 500.000 las víctimas de distintas formas de trata, según estimaciones manejadas por la Justicia. El 70% cayó en manos de redes de prostitución.

Cada Vez Mas Chicas

Clic para ampliarSólo en la ONG Casa del Encuentro se investigan en la actualidad 700 desapariciones de mujeres vinculadas a la trata. El 50% corresponde a menores de edad y sólo el 10% de esas investigaciones arroja como resultado el rescate. Entre los casos que investiga la entidad se cuentan varios que tuvieron resonancia nacional, como los de Marita Verón y Fernanda Aguirre (ver gráfico)...

Quilmes Presente

March 12, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

En Tlaxcala se empieza a hacer realidad la lucha contra la trata: Dip. Rosi Orozco

Como candidato, Mariano González Zarur prometió erradicar de Tlaxcala la trata de personas, como gobernador está empezando a cumplir con esa promesa, reconoció la diputada federal del PAN, Rosi Orozco, quien aplaudió las acciones que en ese sentido ha comenzado a realizando el nuevo gobierno de la entidad, pues recordó que la gran mayoría de las bandas dedicadas a la trata con fines de explotación sexual, están integradas por tlaxcaltecas.

México. D.F. Como candidato, Mariano González Zarur prometió erradicar de Tlaxcala la trata de personas, como gobernador está empezando a cumplir con esa promesa, reconoció la diputada federal del PAN, Rosi Orozco, quien aplaudió las acciones que en ese sentido ha comenzado a realizando el nuevo gobierno de la entidad, pues recordó que la gran mayoría de las bandas dedicadas a la trata con fines de explotación sexual, están integradas por tlaxcaltecas.

En entrevista con e-consulta, la también presienta de la Comisión Especial contra la Trata de Personas, calificó de extraordinario que los gobiernos de Puebla y Tlaxcala estén comenzando a realizar acciones conjuntas para combatir ese delito, pues advirtió que en mayoría de los casos de explotación sexual de menores, estas dos entidades están involucradas.

“La frase que he usado desde el principio es: Unidos hacemos la diferencia. Y me parece extraordinario que ahora Puebla y Tlaxcala estén unidos en esta lucha contra la trata, sobre todo tomando en cuenta que son entidades gobernadas por partidos políticos diferentes; que se unan en un tema que tanto lastima a la sociedad, habla muy bien de los dos gobernadores”, reconoció.

La legisladora confió en que también los procuradores de justicia de ambas entidades, Alicia Fragaso Sánchez, de Tlaxcala, y Víctor Antonio Carrancá Bourget, de Puebla, estén a la altura de las expectativas en la lucha contra este delito, sobre todo porque “de acuerdo a lo que han narrado las víctima, muchos de los padrotes son de Tlaxcala, que enamoran a las jovencitas para luego, con engaños, llevarlas a otras entidades del país e incluso a Estados Unidos y Europa para obligarlas a prostituirse”, advirtió.

Y aunque la diputada Rosi Orozco aplaudió el hecho de que en Tlaxcala ya este funcionando una mesa interinstitucional para atender este problema, también destacó la importancia de que ese trabajo se vea reflejado en sentencias contra los responsables de la explotación sexual, sobre todo de menores de edad, pues recordó que hasta el momento no existe una sola sentencia por esa causa en la entidad tlaxcalteca...

Alfredo Plascencia Sánchez

e-Puebla.com

March 09, 2011

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Mexico

Dan primeros pasos para abatir trata de personas en Puebla y Tlaxcala

Puebla,- Los gobiernos de Tlaxcala y Puebla firmaron un convenio de colaboración para abatir los índices de trata de personas, sobre todo mujeres de menores de edad que se registran en esa zona.

El gobernador de Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle anunció que en esta misma semana comenzará a funcionar un esquema de colaboración con un intercambio de información y coordinación policiaca que además de prevenir acciones del crimen organizado atenderán de manera directa el problema de trata de personas.

Al conmemorar el día internacional de la mujer con la realización de un panel sobre trata de personas y atención a las víctimas el gobernador señaló que la trata de personas en la zona limítrofe de Puebla y Tlaxcala representa un problema serio que no se ha atendido y que hoy afecta a mujeres y niñas que son engañadas y vendidas en algunos casos.

Sostuvo que con este convenio entre ambos estados habrá intercambio de información de incidencia delictiva y grupos criminales para coordinar operativos encaminados a combatir a las organizaciones delictivas dedicadas a la trata de personas.

Moreno Valle anunció que a partir de hoy estarán a disposición de las mujeres poblanas diversas unidades médicas fijas y móviles que prestarán atención a las mujeres para dar nueve mil mastografías en los primeros 100 días de su gobierno y 40 mil en todo el año...

Notimex

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

The Dominican Republic

Ciudadanos Dominicanos retornados desde Grecia.

Santo Domingo.-El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores coordina con autoridades de Grecia el traslado al país de 83 dominicanos que ingresaron de manera ilegal en territorio griego a través de la frontera con Turquía.

Los nacionales, la mayoría de ellos mujeres, se encuentran detenidos en centros penitenciarios ubicados en las ciudades de Ferres, Tyxeron, Metaxades, Soufly y Orestiada.

Genoveva Bernard de Roidis, cónsul general de la República Dominicana en Grecia, informó que el regreso de los dominicanos podría producirse en la primera semana del mes de marzo y que será costeado por el gobierno de Grecia, precisa una nota de Cancillería enviada a este diario.

Explicó que las autoridades griegas encomendaron los trámites del traslado al señor Antonis Bourdos, con quien se reunió recientemente, siguiendo instrucciones del Canciller Carlos Morales Troncoso a fin de definir todo lo relativo al viaje que se haría por la vía aérea.

De acuerdo con informaciones suministradas por el Ministerio de Interior y Policía de Grecia, los dominicanos entraron de manera clandestina a territorio griego por tierra o a bordo de embarcaciones que salían de Turquía, adonde los nacionales de República Dominicana pueden viajar sin visado.

Casi todos llegaron con identificación falsa, por lo que el Consulado de República Dominicana, conjuntamente con autoridades policiales y migratorias de Grecia, lleva a cabo un proceso de depuración que ya ha revelado las verdaderas identidades de 73 de las 83 personas detenidas.

Bernard de Roidis informó que todos los dominicanos se encuentran en buen estado salud y que se mantiene en contacto permanente con ellos a través de la vía telefónica o mediante visitas presenciales.

Greece to deport 83 Dominican citizens

Santo Domingo - The Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has coordinated an operation with authorities in Greece to receive 83 deported Dominican citizens who illegally entered Greek territory through its border with Turkey.

Those deported, who are mostly women, are being held in prisons located in cities of Ferres, Tyxeron, Metaxades, Soufly and Oresteia.

Genevieve Bernard Roidis, Consul General for the Dominican Republic in Greece, said the return of the Dominicans could occur in the first week of March. The deportation flights will be funded by the government of Greece.

According to information provided by the Greek Police and the Ministry of the Interior, the Dominicans went clandestinely to Greek territory by land or aboard ships that came from Turkey. Dominican citizens may travel to Turkey without a visa.

Nearly all of those arrested in the case carried false identification. The Dominican Consulate in Greece, together with Greek police and immigration authorities carried out an investigation that has revealed the true identities of 73 of the 83 detainees…

El Día

Feb. 18, 2011

Notes from one of our contributors:

Sería importante informarse sobre este caso que se sucede en República Dominicana con los ciudadanos dominicanos retornados desde Grecia. Los datos publicados en la prensa parecerían ser contradictorios. Sorprenden las publicaciones recientes, donde se informa "Los deportados son considerados como muy peligrosos", sin embargo lo que se ha visto en otros mesios de prensa y en vivo en las noticias parecería ser diferente, cidadanos que informan fueron maltratados y que pagaron mucho dinero por un viaje y un traslado al parecer era España y se tornó en un viaje a Turquía y Grecia.

Sorprende que no hay mucho interés en parte de la prensa y/o las autoridades buscar o tocar el tema de los ORGANIZADORES de estos viajes o de investigar profundamente.

No son los primeros casos con mujeres dominicanas en Grecia, Tuquía y Chipre. Lamentablemente estos casos y sus investigaciones quedan en el silencio.

Notes from one of Our contributors:

It would be important to follow the fate of the Dominicans whoa re being returned from Greece. The relevant press reports appear to be contradictory.

We are surprised by recently published reports that declare that the deportees are regarded as “very dangerous.”

What we see in other print and television news reports is quite different. Those reports show that the detainees were abused, and that they had paid a lot of money to be transported to Spain. Somehow, the voyage turned into a trip to Turkey, and then Greece.

It is also surprisingly that there is not much interest on the part of the press or the authorities to locate, or even to touch on the issue of investigating who the organizers behind these migrant smuggling schemes are.

These are not the first cases of Dominican women having been transported to Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Regrettably, these cases have not been investigated.

A contributor

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Greece / The Dominican Republic

143 policías griegos traen hoy 73 dominicanos deportados Los deportados son considerados como muy peligrosos

Aeropuerto Las Américas.-Las autoridades de Grecia repatriarán la noche de este jueves a 73 dominicanos calificados de peligrosos quienes vendrán en dos aviones escoltados por 143 efectivos policiales griegos.

Los aviones con los deportados procedentes de Grecia arribarán por la terminal AILA a las 7:15 de la noche de mañana jueves para lo cual se prepara un operativo en la rampa del aeropuerto donde se actuarán todos los organismos de seguridad del Estado.

Sin embargo, aunque el gobierno griego notificó a las autoridades dominicanas la deportación del grupo, integrado por hombres y mujeres, se desconocen los motivos por los cuales guardaban prisión y del porque el uso de tantos agentes para traerlos.

Se informó que los criollos vendrán en un avión privado matrícula I-AIGG, tipo B767-304, que según los informes, el gobierno de Grecia alquiló a la aerolínea Air Italia. Esa aeronave tiene capacidad de cupos para más de 240 pasajeros.

143 Greek police today brought 73 Dominicans deported deportees are regarded as very dangerous

The Américas Airport – On Thursday night Greek authorities will repatriate 73 deported Dominican citizens who Greece has classified as dangerous. The group will be escorted by a contingent of 143 Greek police…

Although the Greek government notified the Dominican authorities of the repatriation flight, Dominican officials are unaware of the reasons why these deportees were imprisoned, and why so many police agents are being used to escort them

"We do not know why these Dominicans are being deported, but even more so, wee don’t know the reasons why a [large] police force must accompany them, said officials at the Airport of the Americas.

U.S. authorities also planned a repatriation flight of 97 Dominicans who had served time [in the U.S.] for committing various crimes.

Diario Libre

March 10, 2011


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Mexico

Mujeres: agresiones y rezagos inaceptables

Cuando un país no es capaz de reducir sus cifras de violencia doméstica y social, éstas adquieren carácter de violencia institucionalizada

A cien años de la primera celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer, la realidad en México es que la inmensa mayoría de ellas sigue padeciendo los efectos de una cultura machista que minimiza a la mujer, que le regatea el acceso a la educación y al trabajo, que le ofrece menor retribución en trabajos iguales, que la convierte en mercancía sexual y en permanente sujeto de agresiones.

De los poco más de 112 millones de habitantes de México contabilizados por el Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010, más de 57 millones son mujeres.

Por ellas, en esta fecha hay que reflexionar sobre lo que falta por hacer en materia de género en nuestro país.

Según el Censo, la participación de las mujeres en la economía nacional es de 33 por ciento, proporción que se reduce en las poblaciones más pequeñas: a 28.8 en las comunidades de menos de 15 mil habitantes, y a 17 en las de menos de 2 mil 500.

La violencia contra las mujeres es una constante en una sociedad cuya cultura sigue siendo discriminatoria y que otorga al hombre poder y privilegios de género. Cotidiana, y casi siempre silenciosa o acallada, la violencia intrafamiliar y social escapa a la estadística, pero hay esfuerzos que han logrado dimensionarla:

De acuerdo con la Encuesta Nacional de Usuarios de los Servicios de Salud, 90 por ciento de las mujeres encuestadas dijo padecer agresión psicológica; física, 44; sexual, 32; y 21 por ciento los tres tipos de violencia.

En 2006 el Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) reveló que en 2005 se registraron 2 mil 159 fallecimientos de mujeres por violencia intrafamiliar. En ese año, el número de muertes causadas por el crimen organizado fue de mil 776. Las entidades con mayor violencia intrafamiliar son Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Puebla, Tlaxcala y Distrito Federal.

Por su parte, el Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres reporta que cada 35 minutos recibe una llamada de denuncia por violencia doméstica...

Milenio

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Mexico

Trata de personas, la forma moderna de esclavitud

Puebla, Puebla.- En el marco de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer que se realizó en el Complejo Cultural Universitario, con el foro “Trata de personas y atención a víctimas”, y en compañía de su esposa, Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle, Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, gobernador de Puebla, resaltó el papel que las mujeres desempeñan en la transformación de Puebla.

Subrayó que en breve, con base a la carta compromiso que suscribió con el Gobierno de Tlaxcala, se pondrá en marcha un programa conjunto para combatir –entre otros ilícitos- la trata de personas.

En materia de salud, el Gobernador Moreno Valle anunció una serie de acciones a favor de la mujer, como mastografías, vacunación contra el papiloma, pruebas de papanicolau y afiliación al Seguro Popular que se replicarán en los 217 municipios de la entidad.

En su oportunidad Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle subrayó la importancia de avanzar en la conformación de una sociedad igualitaria, con oportunidades para todos, en la que se brinde protección a los desprotegidos.

En la conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Mujer, el Gobernador Moreno Valle y su esposa estuvieron acompañados por la Directora del Instituto Poblano de la Mujer, Blanca Jiménez Castillo; el Director General del IMSS Daniel Karam Toumeh; el Presidente de la Gran Comisión del Congreso, Guillermo Aréchiga Santamaría; el Presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia, David López Muñoz y el Rector de la BUAP, Enrique Agüera Ibáñez.

Poblanerias

March 08, 2011


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The World

Five ways to reduce women's vulnerability to HIV

Poverty means women often lack the power to opt for safe sex

Nairobi, Kenya - As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, women and girls across the globe continue to be disproportionately affected by the AIDS pandemic - HIV is the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide.

IRIN/PlusNews presents five important ways to reduce women's vulnerability to HIV:

1) Education: According to UNAIDS, illiterate women are four times more likely to believe there is no way to prevent HIV infection, while in Africa and Latin America, girls with higher levels of education tend to delay first sexual experience and are more likely to insist their partner use a condom.

Educating girls has the added advantage of delaying their marriage and increasing their earning ability, both of which reduce their vulnerability to HIV. Educated women are also more likely to access health services for themselves and their children, and to oppose negative cultural practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

2) Access to reproductive health services: In many developing countries, women have very limited access to vital reproductive health services. A combination of biological and social factors means women are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which, if left untreated, increase their vulnerability to HIV.

Women living in humanitarian crises are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and require services such as free, easily available condoms and safe blood for transfusions.

Improving access to reproductive health services enables women to make informed choices in determining family size and preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission.

3) Ending gender violence: One in three women has been beaten, experienced sexual violence or otherwise abused in their lifetime, according to the UN; one in five will be a victim of rape or attempted rape. More often than not, the perpetrators are known to the women.

Practices such as early marriage, FGM/C and human trafficking all increase women's vulnerability to HIV, but more accepted forms of violence, such as marital rape, also play a large part in increasing women's HIV risk...

According to UNAIDS, investment in HIV programming policies and addressing gender inequality and gender-based violence will help to achieve universal targets of HIV prevention, treatment and care.

4) Economic empowerment: In his book, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, Richard Robbins states that women do two-thirds of the world's work but receive 10 percent of the world's income and own just own 1 percent of the means of production.

Poverty prevents poor women from controlling when sexual intercourse takes place and if a condom is used, and often forces women into risky transactional sex to feed themselves and their families.

According to a 2010 US Government study, empowerment activities such as micro-finance give women access to and control over vital economic resources, ultimately enhancing their ability not only to mitigate the impact of HIV, but also to be less vulnerable to HIV.

5) Involving men: More often than not, men control the dynamics of how, when and where sex happens. Encouraging more men to use condoms consistently has the knock-on effect of protecting their sexual partners from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Men are less likely than women to seek health services; in the case of men involved with multiple women, this means STIs remain untreated for long periods while their female partners are also at risk of infection.

Teaching boys and young men to respect women, to be more involved in family activities and to avoid negative behavior such as gender violence and alcohol abuse helps groom a generation of men who are less likely to take risks that endanger themselves and their families.

PlusNews

March 08, 2011


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Honduras

Exigen en Honduras un alto a los crímenes contra las mujeres

Centenares de mujeres marcharon hoy por las calles de Honduras en protesta contra las constantes muertes de féminas y exigieron al gobierno crear una política de seguridad que asegure su integridad.

Las protestas se realizaron en diversas ciudades en el marco de las celebraciones del Día Internacional de la Mujer.

Las manifestantes, aglutinadas en organizaciones feministas, realizan movilizaciones desde ayer lunes, luego que muriera la abogada Daysi Elisa Escoto, atacada a tiros el pasado domingo.

La ex diputada del partido de izquierda Unificación Democrática, Doris Gutiérrez, dijo que "nosotras queremos lanzar un aldabonazo, una voz de protesta frente al gobierno central, al Ministerio Público, al Ministerio de Seguridad, a la Corte Suprema de Justicia que ya no siga la injusticia contra nosotras las mujeres".

La fiscal de la Mujer, Grisel Amaya, reveló que al menos 60 mujeres han fallecido de forma violenta en lo que va de 2011.

El 25 de noviembre anterior, las mujeres se lanzaron a las calles al conmemorarse el "Día Internacional de la no Violencia Contra la Mujer".

Según cifras del Movimiento de Mujeres Visitación Padilla, se han registrado unas 380 muertes de mujeres en los últimos años.

El 80 por ciento de los casos violentos permanece impune, lo que les hace estar en permanente reclamo, indicó la dirigente de ese grupo, Gladis Lanza.

Un informe del Centro de Derechos de Mujeres en Honduras señala que de 2003 a 2007, el número de asesinatos de mujeres se incrementó en 160 por ciento.

Las más vulnerables son mujeres de 16 a 30 años, según el informe entregado a la prensa.

De 2003 a 2010, la cifra de femicidios alcanza 1.464 víctimas.

El pasado 22 de febrero, el gobierno creó una unidad especial integrada por 150 agentes para velar por la seguridad de grupos vulnerables, incluyendo las mujeres.

Xinhua

March 09, 2011


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Mexico

Arzobispo rechaza 'zona de tolerancia' en Oaxaca

En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, el prelado afirmó que no respetar la dignidad de la mujer nos daña a todos

El arzobispo de la diócesis de Antequera, Oaxaca, José Luis Chávez Botello, rechazó la instalación de una "zona de tolerancia" para las mujeres que se dedican al sexoservicio.

Invitó ir al fondo y no quedarse en "cositas". Hay un grave rezago en impulsar la dignidad de la mujer, pues urge "hacer algo desde las leyes, urge que en verdad se tomen en cuenta los delitos".

En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, que se celebrará este 8 de marzo, abundó que no respetar la dignidad de la mujer nos daña a todos; "todos somos testigos por la lucha por la igualdad entre el varón y la mujer".

Ha crecido el número de mujeres profesionales, en diversas áreas, lo cual es justo, pero falta mucho que recorrer, señaló.

El prelado indicó que existen actividades negativas que son frutos de graves errores sociales en el campo de la educación, de la política en torno a la mujer.

En algunas comunidades las costumbres se han convertido en un abuso, al negarle a la mujer el derecho al voto, a poseer alguna tierra, a tener derechos.

"Las mujeres en algunas ocasiones soportan abuso sexual para conservar el empleo", pero además las mujeres jóvenes están asechadas por la drogadicción, trata de personas, prostitución y ahora hasta por el crimen organizado, sostuvo.

Pidió a todos actuar con responsabilidad social, pues las oaxaqueñas siguen siendo un sector desprotegido en diversos campos, esto en un llamado al Poder Ejecutivo, Legislativo y Judicial de reconocer los derechos de este sector.

Pidió revisar el sistema de justicia cuyas debilidades han dañado más a este sector, "crear espacios dignos, de crear fuentes de trabajo, de andar con parches".

No se trata de un malestar social, se trata de un sistema profundo que ha dañado la justicia y la dignidad humana.

Por esto, el arzobispo rechazó la creación de una zona de tolerancia para quienes se dedican al servicio de la prostitución.

Asimismo, rechazó tiener información de que haya apoyos del Banco del Vaticano ya que no cuentan con el aviso de la "nunciatura" que testifique este hecho.

Lupita Thomas

El Universal

March 06, 2011

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Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Argentina

Pocas voces en la marcha por el Día de la Mujer

Una marcha céntrica y una radio abierta en el Centro Cívico fueron los eventos de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer en Bariloche, organizados por la Comisión Pro Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres. Una veintena de mujeres participaron de la convocatoria.

Las mujeres marcharon entonando consignas contra la violencia de género, igualdad laboral y la legalización del aborto, entre otras, y destacaron que entre el 8 y el 10 de octubre próximo se realizará en Bariloche el 28 Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres.

La marcha -de la que participó apenas unas 20 mujeres- comenzó poco después de las 17 en la esquina de Onelli y Moreno, y a lo largo de 20 cuadras atravesó el centro de la ciudad hasta llegar al Centro Cívico.

En la radio abierta las organizadoras señalaron que la ciudad fue elegida para la reunión anual en el último encuentro de Paraná, en función de las luchas de las mujeres en Río Negro contra la impunidad, la pedofilia, trata de personas, precarización laboral y el derecho a la tierra, entre otras reivindicaciones.

Por otra parte, el sindicato Gastronómico realizó esta tarde un agasajo en el hotel Panamericano, donde además de un brindis ofrecieron premios y menciones a mujeres destacadas de la ciudad.

Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche

March 08, 2011

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Argentina

Marcha contra la violencia de género atraviesa el microcentro

Jóvenes mujeres y varones en contra de la violencia de género convocada por organizaciones sociales cruzaron las calles de la ciudad con silbatos, batucada y banderas al viento.

Salieron de la Plaza Cabral y llegaron hasta la Plaza Vera con reclamos puntuales sobre la condición social del debate de género en todas sus leyendas.

Se trata de jóvenes militantes que decidieron recordar a las mujeres en su día, hoy, Día Internacional de la Mujer Trabajadora, con una manifestación como las que éstas hacían para reclamar por sus derechos.

El Día Internacional de la mujeres se evoca en homenaje quienes dejaron su vida en la lucha por la profundización de la igualdad, desde quienes lo hicieron en Chicago, hacia atrás ante casos como las líderes mujeres contra el colonialismo.

El día internacional de la mujer además evoca -en la voz de estos jóvenes militantes- una expresión de rebeldía ante valores machistas propios formas tradicionales de "ordenar la sociedad".

El cumplimiento de deberes de ley como el ofrecimiento extensivo y gratuito del servicio de aborto no punibles, la inclusión de la figura "feminicidio" para castigar los peores crímenes contra las mujeres, fueron algunas de las reivindicaciones reclamadas en la marcha.

"El año pasado hubo 13 mujeres quemadas, y ya son 7 en lo que va del 2011, pero no dan plata para implementar la Ley 26.485 -Ley de Protección Integral para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Violencia contra las Mujeres", dicen.

Los manifestantes dicen que la miseria favorece engaños a mujeres vulnerables a caer en redes organizadas de trata de personas y prostitución.

"Crece la oferta para que engrosemos el comercio de la prostitución y con engaños y secuestros miles de jóvenes mujeres pasen a aumentar este negocio millonario", dicen.

Los manifestantes llaman a exigir que se apruebe la Ley de Emergencia en Violencia Sexual, a que se despenalice el aborto, a que Romina Tejerina quede libre y se "encarcele a su violador"

"¡Ni una mujer más víctima de las redes de prostitución!", coreaban.

Momarandu

March 08, 2011

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Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Utah, USA

Hinckley Institute partners to shed light on human trafficking

The International Studies and Latin American Studies programs will co-sponsor an event Thursday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on human trafficking in Utah.

Anyone can be a victim of trafficking, said event speaker Barbara Szweda, legal director at the Utah Health and Human Rights Project and U faculty member.

"It's not limited (to specific people)," Szweda said. "U.S. citizens can also be victims. Oftentimes immigrants are targeted because they aren't familiar with the language or the legal system."

Trafficking problems in Utah often involve labor in addition to sexually exploitative situations. Trafficking also consists of using abusive and unethical practices, including abuse and force, the UHHR website said.

Labor tends to be a large issue in Utah because it is a rural area, Szweda said.

"We have poultry factories and meatpacking factories that can often harbor unethical working conditions," she said.

Utah made headlines in 2007 as part of what the Justice Department called the biggest human trafficking case in U.S. history, The Salt Lake Tribune reported in November.

A group called Global Horizons recruited 400 Thai immigrants to work on farms across the country, including in Milford and Delta. The victims' passports had been taken from them, and they lived in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions before they contacted authorities, the paper said.

Students should be cognizant of what human trafficking is, Szweda said. "Someone with no documents or someone who has had their documents taken away from them can be triggers" to alert the authorities and UHHR.

Event speakers include Szwed; Mara Rabin, medical director at UHHR; and former U.S. attorney for Utah Brett Tolman, with Undergraduate Studies Director and professor of political science Claudio Holzner as moderator.

Doug Jennings

Daily Utah Chronicle

Feb. 16, 2011


Added: Mar. 13, 2011

Arizona, USA

11 found in suspected Phoenix drophouse

Authorities are investigating a suspected human smuggling operation that left one person beaten at a home in Phoenix Wednesday.

Officers suspect there were three human smugglers and seven suspected illegal immigrants at the drop house, which is near 53rd Avenue and Camelback Road, said Bart Graves, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety said.

One of the suspected illegal immigrants was apparently beaten for money, Graves said. He had facial injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The people had not been in the home long.

Investigators from the state's multi-agency ...immigration enforcement task force, known as IIMPACT, received information over the weekend that led the officers to the home.

The investigation began after an out-of-state relative called authorities for help, saying a family member was being held for ransom for several thousand dollars and being threatened with serious physical injury if the ransom was not paid. IIMPACT investigators found this victim, along with six other kidnapping victims at the 2400 block of West Adams Street.

Three men suspected of being human smugglers were taken into custody. That investigation led authorities to the house on 53rd Avenue on Wednesday.

Phoenix police's SWAT team served search warrant when officers arrived at the home to find 11 people inside.

Officers have not found anything else inside the home. The investigation is ongoing.

Shala Marks

The Arizona Republic

March 9, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

Women march with crosses symbolizing the struggle against femicide (gender murder) in Mexico City during International Women's Day 2011

Photo: CIMAC

A masked woman carries a sign saying: International (Working) Women's Day

Photo: CIMAC

Marchan contra feminicidio y asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos

En el Día Internacional de la Mujer

México, D.F,- En el Día Internacional de la Mujer cientos de mujeres marcharon este día del Ángel de la Independencia al Hemiciclo a Juárez, para exigir el cese a la violencia contra las mujeres, alto al feminicidio, a la impunidad que prevalece en estos casos y solidarizarse con las familias de las defensoras de Derechos Humanos (DH) asesinadas en los últimos años en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, colectivos de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), feministas, y activistas independientes integrados “En el Movimiento Contra el Feminicidio”, exigieron justicia y se solidarizaron con la familia Reyes Salazar.

Al grito de “Alto a la impunidad, ni una asesinada más” “asesinos y farsantes en la guerra contra el narco, las que mueren son mujeres”, una a una vestidas de morado fueron avanzando por Paseo de la Reforma...

Women march against femicide and to protest the murders of female human rights defenders in Mexico

An International Women’s Day event

On International Women's Day 2011 hundreds of women marched through Mexico City from the Angel of Independence to the memorial to former president Benito Juárez to demand an end to violence against women, an end to femicide, an end to the impunity that prevails in these cases and to express their solidarity with the families of women human rights defenders who have been killed in recent years in the city of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua state.

Non governmental organizations, groups of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), as well as other feminists and independent activists who have joined to form "the Movement Against Femicide," demanded justice and solidarity with the Reyes Salazar family.

Shouting "Stop impunity, not one more murdered woman," “murderers,” and “pretenders in the war on drugs - those who die are women," the marchers, dressed in purple marched along the Paseo de la Reforma...

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 08, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

Encarcela Baja California a 14 mujeres por abortar

México, DF,- En Baja California, 14 mujeres están encarceladas y esperan sentencia –de hasta 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza– por interrumpir su embarazo, denunció Marixtel Calderón Vargas, integrante de la Red Iberoamericana Pro Derechos Humanos.

En entrevista telefónica, la activista precisó que entre 2000 y 2010 fueron encarceladas 14 bajacalifornianas acusadas por el delito de homicidio agravado por razón de parentesco, tipo penal con el que se pretende sancionar a las mujeres que decidieron abortar con una pena de cárcel de entre 20 y 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza.

Calderón Vargas adelantó que la Red solicitará al gobernador del estado, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, que revise los casos y evite que se vulnere el derecho de las mujeres a ejercer una maternidad libre y voluntaria. Por ello demandó la libertad inmediata para las 14 presas en el estado de Baja California.

La integrante de la Red aclaró que además de esos 14 casos está el de una joven de 19 años que en 2008 sufrió un aborto espontáneo y está en prisión también por el supuesto delito de homicidio agravado en razón de parentesco...

Baja California state has incarcerated 14 women for having abortions

In Baja California State, 14 women are imprisoned without bail - awaiting their sentencing to up to 50 years in prison for having interrupted their pregnancies, reports Marixtel Calderón Vargas, a member of the Iberoamerican Network for Human Rights.

Calderón Vargas said that between 2000 and 2010, 14 women were jailed in Baja California indicted on charges of homicide aggravated by reason of kinship, an addition to the state’s penal code which seeks to punish women who decide to abort a pregnancy. A conviction carries with it prison sentences of between 20 and 50 years in prison without parole.

Vargas Calderón announced that the Network will ask the state governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan to review the cases and avoid violating the rights of these women to exercise free and voluntary motherhood. She therefore demanded the immediate release of the 14 women now being held by the state.

There is also the case of a then 19-year-old woman who in 2008 suffered a spontaneous abortion is also in prison for the crime of aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.

On 20 January, that woman (who has spent nearly three years in prison) was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Her defense counsel appealed the ruling. The case is now before the Superior Court of Justice pending state Judge Perla Ibarra’s resolution.

Calderon, "we expect the state Supreme Court to rule in accordance with the law, while taking into account the international legal instruments that protect the human rights of women. We therefore hope that the now 21-year-old woman (in the spontaneous abortion case) to be freed, and we expect the judge to review the other 14 cases that are now pending.

On December 26, 2008, [a coalition of state] legislators from President Felipe Calderón’s National Action Party, the New Alliance and the Social Encounter party amended Article 7 of the state Constitution to protect life from the moment of conception. They also repealed the provisions that permitted the legal termination of pregnancy (ILE) in the state Penal Code.

However, the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure state have not been reformed to conform with this amendment to the state Constitution. The penal code continues to permit abortion in cases of rape, danger of life of the mother, malformation of the fetus for and artificial insemination without permission .

Calderon added that the state constitutional reform has given a ‘legal footing’ for those authorities who are "misogynist" to incarcerate women "who decide that what may occur within their bodies, and exercise the right to equality, nondiscrimination, their sexual and reproductive rights as well as their right to engage in free and voluntary motherhood…"

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 11, 2011


Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Mexico

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day

El machismo persiste en la sociedad mexicana, dice Felipe Calderón

El Presidente advierte que el siglo XXI será el de la igualdad

Ciudad De México.- El Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa felicitó a las mujeres en su Día Internacional, aunque también reconoció que en México persisten el machismo y prejuicios en contra de ellas.

“Partimos de una verdad innegable, aún vivimos en México una sociedad machista, persisten prejuicios y actitudes que frenan el desarrollo de las mujeres”, mencionó el Mandatario en su discurso.

Acompañado por la presidenta del Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inmujeres), Rocío García Gaytán, Calderón admitió que tanto en México como en otros países “siguen existiendo prácticas de ofensa y de acoso”.

Sin embargo, afirmó que las mujeres “se han ganado un lugar cada vez más destacado en la vida política social y cultural del país”. Y exhortó a que el siglo XXI tiene que ser el siglo de las mujeres, de la equidad.

Por ello, aseguró que el Día Internacional de la Mujer “es un día para conmemorarlas y a la vez para comprometerse nuevamente con ellas. Es un llamado de atención sobre las condiciones que siguen afectando a las mujeres”.

De esta manera, el presidente conmemora la fecha especial con el acto “Por las mujeres, todos los días, todos los derechos. 10 años de impulsar la política de igualdad entre mujeres y hombres”.

President Felipe Calderón on International Women’s Day: Sexism (machismo) persists in Mexican society 

Mexico City - President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day, but also acknowledged persistent sexism and prejudice against them continues to exist in Mexico.

"We start with an undeniable truth, that we still live in a Mexico which is a machista [macho-ist] society, where prejudices and attitudes that impede women's development continue to exist," said the President in his speech.

Accompanied by the president of the National Women's Institute (Inmujeres), Rocio Garcia Gaytan, Calderon admitted that in Mexico, as in other nations, offensive and harassing practices [on the part of men] continue.” 

However, the President said that women "have won an increasingly prominent place in the political social and cultural development" of the nation. He declared that the 21st Century must be the century of equality for women…

El Informador

March 09, 2011

See also:

Video of President Calderón's International Women's Day Speech



A sample of other important news stories and commentaries



Added: Feb. 27, 2011

Mexico

Map shows the number of types of child slavery that occurs in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean

Indigenous children are the focal point for underage sex and labor slavery in Mexico

Around 1.5 million children do not attend school at all in Mexico, having or choosing to work instead. Indigenous children are often child laborers. Throughout Central and South America, indigenous people are frequently marginalized, both economically and socially. Many have lost their traditional land rights and they migrate in order to find paid work. This can in turn make indigenous peoples more vulnerable to exploitative and forced labor practices.

According to the web site Products of Slavery.org, child slavery, especially that which exploits indigenous children, is used to generate profits in the following industries in Mexico:

* The production of Child Pornography

* The production of coffee, tobacco, beans, chile peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, onions, sugarcane and tomatoes - much of which is sold for export

Key facts about Mexican child sex and labor exploitation defined on the Product of Slavery:

* Many indigenous children in Mexico aged between seven and 14 work during the green bean harvest from 7am until 7pm, meaning they cannot attend school.

* Amongst Mexico's indigenous peoples, 86% of children, aged six years and over, are engaged in strenuous physical labor in the fields six days a week working to cultivate agricultural produce such as chile peppers.

* Indigenous child labor keeps costs of production down for Mexican companies as boys and girls from indigenous families are frequently denied recognition of their legal status as workers, charged with the least skilled tasks, such as harvesting cucumbers, and so receive the lowest pay.

* Child labor is widespread in Mexico's agricultural sector; in 2000, it was discovered that 11 and 12 year olds were working on the family ranch of the then-President elect, Vicente Fox, harvesting onions, potatoes, and corn for export to the United States.

[I know a couple of U.S. ICE agents who can add 'another paragraph' to the above statement - LL.]

* Mexican children who are exploited by the sex industry and involved in activities such as pornography and prostitution suffer physical injuries, long-term psychological damage with the strong possibility of developing suicidal tendencies and are at high risk of contracting AIDS, tuberculosis and other life-threatening illnesses.

* There are strong links between tourism and the sexual exploitation of children in Mexico; tourist centers such as Acapulco, Cancun and Tijuana are prime locations where thousands of children are used in the production of pornographic material and child prostitution is rife.

* Mexican street children are vulnerable to being lured into producing pornographic material with promises of toys, food, money, and accommodation; they then find themselves prisoners, locked for days or weeks on end in hotel rooms or apartments, hooked on drugs and suffering extreme physical and sexual violence.

* David Salgado was just eight years old when he was crushed by a tractor as he went to empty the bucket of tomatoes he had just collected on the Mexican vegetable farm where he worked with his family. The company paid his funeral expenses but refused to pay compensation to his family as David was not a formal employee.

The web site explores child enslavement in all of the nations shown in the above map.

Products of Slavery


Added: Feb. 27, 2011

North Carolina, USA

"For Sale" - A composite from a poster announcing Davidson College's recent event on Human Trafficking in Latin America

See the complete poster

Chuck Goolsby speaks at Davidson College

On February 3rd of 2011 I travelled to Davidson College, located in a beautiful community north of Charlotte, North Carolina, to provide a 90 minute presentation on the crisis of sexual slavery in Latin America, and in Latin American immigrant communities across the United States. I thank the members of Davidson's Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the Vann Center for Ethics for cosponsoring the presentation, and for their hospitality and hard work in setting up this event.

During my talk I described many of the dynamics of how sexual slavery works in the Americas. I summarized the work of LibertadLatina as one of the few English language voices engaging the world in an effort to place Latin American gender exploitation issues on an equal footing with the rest of the world's struggle against sex trafficking. I covered the facts that:

1) Sexual slavery has long been condoned in Latin America;

2) Community tolerance of sexual exploitation, and a cultural code of silence work to hide crimes of violence against women across the region;

3) The multi-billion dollar pockets of Latin American drug cartels, together with the increasing effectiveness of anti-drug trafficking law enforcement efforts are driving cartel money into major investments in kidnapping, 'breaking-in' and selling underage girls and young women into slavery globally, en mass;

4) Men in poverty who have grown up in [especially rural] cultures where women's equality does not exist, are prime candidates to participate in the sex trafficking industry - this is especially true in locations such as Tlaxcala state, just east of Mexico City, where an estimated 50% of the adults in the La Meca neighborhood of the major city of Tenancingo are involved in sex traffickers;

5) Male traffickers, often from family organized mafias of adults and teens [especially in Tlaxcala], either kidnap women and girls directly, or engage in false romances with potential victims that result in the victim's beating, gang rape and enslavement, getting the victim pregnant - and then leaving the infant with the trafficker's family as a form of bribery [threatening the baby's death if the victim does not continue to submit to forced sexual enslavement;

6) Traffickers typically take their victims from Tlaxcala, to Mexico City, and to Tijuana on the U.S. border - from which they are shipped like merchandise to Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, DC and New York City;

7) Traffickers also bring victims to farm labor camps large and small across the rural U.S.;

8) North Carolina, including the major population centers of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte are places where Latina immigrant sexual slavery is a major problem (given the rapid growth in the local immigrant population, who see the state as a place with lots of jobs and a low cost of living);

9) Mexico's government is reluctant (to be polite) to engage the issue of ending human trafficking (despite recent presidential rhetoric), as exemplified by the multi-year delay in setting up the regulations and inter-agency collaborations needed to actually enforce the nation's 2007 Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking (note that only in early 2011 has the final element of the legislation been put into place to actually activate the law - which some legislators accurate refer to as a "dead letter.");

10) heroes such as activist Lydia Cacho have faced retaliation and death threats for years for having dared to stand-up against the child sex trafficking networks whose money and influence corrupts state and local governments;

11) it is up to each and every person to decide how to engage in activism to end all forms of human slavery, wherever they may exist.

Virtually everyone in the crowd that attended the event had heard about human trafficking prior to the February 3rd presentation. They left the event knowing important details about the facts involved in the Latin American crisis and the difficulties that activists face in their efforts to speak truth to power and the forces of impunity. A number of attendees thanked me for my presentation, and are now new readers of LibertadLatina.org.

The below text is from Davidson College's announcement for this event.

Slavery is (thankfully) illegal everywhere today. But sadly, it is still practiced secretly in many parts of the world. One persistent form of it occurs when women and girls are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery, sometimes by being kidnapped and trafficked or smuggled across national borders.

Chuck Goolsby has worked tirelessly for decades to expose and end this horrific, outrageous practice. As the founder and coordinator of LibertadLatina, much of his work has focused on sex-trafficking in the Latin American context.  Join us to hear from him regarding the nature and scope of the current problem, and what we can do to help stop it.

We have given similar presentations to groups such as Latinas United for Justice, a student organization located at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City.

We are available for conferences and other speaking engagements to address the topics of human trafficking in its Latin American, Latin Diaspora, Afro-Latina and Indigenous dimensions.

Please write to us in regard to your event.

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Feb. 26, 2011


Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Tiffany Williams of the Break the Chain Campaign

Highlighting New Issues in Ending Violence Against Women; More Women Afraid To Come Forward And Access Services

Congressional leaders will participate in an ad-hoc hearing examining violence against immigrant women this Thursday on Capitol Hill Washington, DC—Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Gwendolyn Moore (D-WI) will co-chair an ad-hoc hearing this Thursday afternoon, bearing witness to the testimony of immigrant women and advocates who are speaking out about increasing barriers to ending violence against immigrant women and families. Honorable guests Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) will join the co-chairs.

Maria Bolaños of Maryland will share her personal story. Juana Flores from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), an immigrant women’s organization in California and the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will share the perspective of community groups, and legal advocates Leslye Orloff (Legal Momentum) and Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF) will offer testimony in light of the expected 2011 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

WHAT: Ad-hoc hearing on violence against immigrant women

WHEN: Feb. 10, 2011 - 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456

WHO: Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Gwendolyn Moore, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Napolitano, members of the press, domestic violence advocates, immigrant rights advocates, and other invited guest

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 9to5, AFL-CIO, Family Values @ Work Consortium, Franciscan Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies, Legal Momentum, MomsRising, Ms. Foundation for Women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, South Asian Americans Leading Together, United Methodist Women/Civil Rights Initiative, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Contact: Tiffany Williams

Tel. (202) 787-5245; Cell (202) 503-8604; E-mail: tiffany@ips-dc.org 

The Institute for Policy Studies / Break the Chains Campaign

Feb. 9, 2011

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Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Silencing human trafficking victims in America

Women should be able to access victim services, regardless of their immigration status.

Thanks to a wave of anti-immigrant proposals in state legislatures across the nation, fear of deportation and family separation has forced many immigrant women to stay silent rather than report workplace abuse and exploitation to authorities. The courts have weakened some of these laws and the most controversial pieces of Arizona's SB 1070 law have been suspended. Unfortunately, America's anti-immigrant fervor continues to boil.

As a social worker, I've counseled both U.S.-born and foreign-born women who have experienced domestic violence, or have been assaulted by either their employers or the people who brought them to the United States. I'm increasingly alarmed by this harsh immigration enforcement climate because of its psychological impact on families and the new challenge to identify survivors of crime who are now too afraid to come forward.

For the past decade, I've helped nannies, housekeepers, caregivers for the elderly, and other domestic workers in the Washington metropolitan area who have survived human trafficking. A majority of these women report their employers use their immigration status to control and exploit them, issuing warnings such as "if you try to leave, the police will find you and deport you." Even women who come to the United States on legal work visas, including those caring for the children of diplomats or World Bank employees, experience these threats.

Though law enforcement is a key partner in responding to human trafficking, service providers continue to struggle with training authorities to identify trafficking and exploitation in immigrant populations, especially when the trafficking is for labor and not sex. While local human trafficking task forces spend meetings developing outreach plans, our own state governments are undermining these efforts with extremely harsh and indiscriminate crackdowns on immigrants...

Regardless of their legal status, these women are human beings working hard to feed their families. Their home countries' economies have been by shattered by globalization. Our economic system depends on their cheap labor. Yet much of the debate about U.S. borders fails to acknowledge immigrants as people, or appreciate the numerous cultural contributions that ethnic diversity has provided this country. As a result, humane comprehensive immigration reform remains out of reach in Congress.

We're a nation of immigrants and a nation of hard-working families. An economic crisis caused by corporate greed has turned us against each other in desperation and fear. We should band together to uphold our traditional values of family unity, to give law enforcement the tools they need to provide effective victim protection and identification rather than reactionary laws, and ensure that women can access victim services, regardless of immigration status.

Tiffany Williams is the advocacy director for Break The Chain Campaign, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Tiffany Williams

The Huffington Post

Feb. 07, 2011

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Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Commentary:

We at LibertadLatina salute the Break the Chain Campaign and their advocacy director, Tiffany Williams, for bringing voice to the voiceless immigrant working women and girls (underage teens) across the United States. Latin American and other immigrant women routinely face quid-pro-quo sexual demands of "give me sex or get out" from male managers and supervisors across the low-wage service sector of the U.S. economy.

My advocacy for victims of gender violence began with efforts to provide direct victim assistance to Latina women facing workplace gender exploitation in the Washington, DC region. My work included rescuing two Colombian women from the fearful labor slavery that they faced in two diplomatic households in Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. I also assisted six women in bringing complaints to police and to our local Montgomery County human rights commission (a local processor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission cases).

Immigrant women have never had free and equal access to the legal system to address these employer abuses. The Break the Chain Campaign rightly identifies the fact that the social and political climate in the U.S. in the year 2011 is creating conditions in which immigrant women and girl victims fear coming forward.

It is encouraging that the Break the Chains Campaign openly identifies the sexual and labor exploitation of immigrant women and girls in domestic and other low wage service jobs as being forms of human trafficking. Ten years ago, local anti-trafficking organizations in the Washington, DC region did not buy into that view of the world.

Conditions have not changed for the better for at-risk immigrant women and girls since we first wrote about this issue in the year 1994 (see below).

These community continues to need our persistent help on this issue.

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Feb. 10, 2011

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LibertadLatina

Our section covering human trafficking, workplace rape and community exploitation facing Latina women and children in the Washington, DC regional area.

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Latina Workplace Rape

Low wage workers face managerial threats of 'give me sex or get out!' across the U.S. and Latin America.

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On the Front Lines of the War Against Impunity in Gender Exploitation

Government, corporations and the press ignored all of these victims cases in which Chuck Goolsby intervened directly  during the 1990s.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 1  

Workplace Rape with Impunity

A major corporation working on defense and civilian U.S. government contracts permitted quid-pro-quo sexual demands, sexual coercion and retaliatory firings targeted at Latina adult and underage teen cleaning workers.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 2

Workplace Assault and Battery with Impunity

A Nicaraguan indigenous woman cleaning worker was slapped across the chest and knocked to the floor by her manager in the Rockville offices of a federal agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The local Maryland State's Attorney's Office repeatedly pressured the victim (through calls to Chuck Goolsby) to drop her insistence on having her assailant prosecuted.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 3 

About the One Central Plaza office complex

Workplace Rape and Forced Prostitution with Impunity

Over a dozen women were illegally fired for not giving in to the sexual demands of three Latino cleaning crew managers who forced women and underage girls into quid-pro-quo sexual relationships as a condition of retaining their jobs. 

Some women were forced to commit acts of prostitution in this office building, that housed Maryland state government and other offices.

A medical doctor who leased office space at One Central Plaza filed a formal complaint with the building owners and stated that he was finding his patient examining tables dirtied by sexual activity after-hours (cleaning managers had keys to access these offices to have them cleaned).

A pregnant woman was severely sexually harassed, and was fired and told to come back after her child was born, when she could be sexually exploited. 

The Montgomery County, Maryland County Human Relations commission in 1995 literally buried the officially filed casework of this pregnant woman and another victim, who had an audio tape of a 20 minute attempt by her manager to rape her.

Both detectives at the Montgomery County Police Department (where I worked part-time during those times) and a team of Washington Post reporters refused to investigate this crisis of workplace impunity.

A Latina Washington Post reporter, when explaining to me why she would not cover the story said, "well, after all, you are trying to accuse these guys (the perpetrators) of felonies." The same reporter stated that her manager would not allow her to cover the story because it was a "dangerous situation."

To this day I continue to ask myself, If it was a dangerous situation, was it not, then, news!

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The above three cases are among those documented in my below report from 1994.

Charles M. Goolsby, Jr.'s 1994 Report on the Sexual Exploitation of Latina immigrant Women and Girls in Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC)

The LibertadLatina project grew directly out of these initial efforts to speak truth to the official and criminal impunity in our society that openly targets innocent immigrant women and girls for sexual victimization.


Added: Sep. 29, 2010

India

Human trafficking slur on Commonwealth Games

The jinxed Commonwealth Games could have done without this. After being troubled by brittle infrastructure, CWG 2010 has now been blamed for a jump in trafficking of women and children from the Northeast. The accusation has come from Meghalaya People’s Human Rights Council (MPHRC) general secretary Dino D.G. Dympep. The platform he chose on Tuesday was the general debate discussion on racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other intolerance at the 15th Human Rights Council Session at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The human rights situation of indigenous peoples living in Northeast India is deteriorating,” Dympep said, adding New Delhi has chose to be indifferent to human trafficking of and racial discrimination toward these indigenous groups.

“What worries the indigenous peoples now apart from racial and gender-based violence is the fear of alleged human trafficking for flesh trade.” The number of indigenous women and children trafficked particularly for the upcoming CGW could be 15,000, he said.

The rights activist also underscored the racial profiling of people from the Northeast on the basis of their ethnicity, linguistic, religious, cultural and geographical backgrounds.

Dympep also pointed out 86 per cent of indigenous peoples studying or working away from their native places face racial discrimination in various forms such as sexual abuses, rapes, physical attacks and economic exploitation.

“The UN has condemned India's caste system and termed it worse than racism. The racism faced by indigenous peoples of the Northeast is definitely the outcome of the caste system. Such negative attitude as ignoring the region will only lead to deeper self-alienation by the indigenous peoples, which comes in the way of integration in India,” he said.

Rahul Karmakar

Hindustan Times

Sep. 28, 2010

LibertadLatina Note:

Indigenous peoples across the world face the problem of being marginalized by the dominant societies that surround them. They become the easiest targets for human traffickers because the larger society will not stand up to defend their basic human rights. Exploiting the lives and the sexuality of indigenous women is a key aspect of this dynamic of oppression.

We at LibertadLatina denounce all forms of exploitation. We call the world's attention to the fact that tens of thousands of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and most especially women and girls in Guatemala and Mexico, are routinely being kidnapped or cajoled into becoming victims of human trafficking.

For 5 centuries, the economies of Latin America have relied upon the forced labor and sexual exploitation of the region's indigenous peoples as a cornerstone of their economic and social lives. Mexico, with an indigenous population that comprises 30% of the nation, is a glaring example of this dynamic of racial, ethnic and gender (machismo) based oppression. In Mexico, indigenous victims are not 'visible' to the authorities, and are on nobody's list of social groups who need to be assisted to defend themselves against the criminal impunity of the sex and labor trafficking mafias.

For Mexico to arrive in the 21st Century community of nations, it must begin the process of ending these feudal-era traditions.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Sep. 30/Oct. 02, 2010


Added: Jul. 21, 2010

New York, USA

U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca (second from left) and other presenters at UN / Brandeis conference

Hidden in Plain Sight: The News Media's Role in Exposing Human Trafficking

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University cosponsored a first-ever United Nations panel discussion about how the news media is exposing and explaining modern slavery and human trafficking -- and how to do it better. Below are the transcript and video from that conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on June 16 and co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Take a look as some leading media-makers and policymakers debate coverage of human trafficking. What hinders good reporting on human trafficking? What do journalists fear when they report on slaves and slavery? Why cover the subject in the first place? What are the common reporting mistakes and missteps that can do more harm than good to trafficking victims, and to government, NGO, and individual efforts to end the traffic of persons for others' profit and pleasure?

Among the main points: Panelists urged reporters and editors to avoid salacious details and splashy, "sexy" headlines that can prevent a more nuanced examination of trafficked persons' lives and experiences. Journalists lamented the lack of solid data, noting that the available statistics are contradictory, unreliable, insufficient, and often skewed by ideology. As an example, the two officials on the panel -- Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Under-Secretary-General Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime -- disagreed on the number of rescued trafficking victims. Costa thought the number was likely less than half CdeBaca's estimate (from the International Labour Organization) of 50,000 victims rescued worldwide...

Read the transcript

The Huffington Post

July 15, 2010

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Note:

In response to the above article by the Huffington Post, on the topic of press coverage of the issue of human trafficking, we would like to point out that the LibertadLatina project came into existence because of a lack of interest and/or willingness on the part of many (but not all) reporters and editors in the press, and also on the part of government agencies and academics, to acknowledge and target the rampant sexual violence faced by Latina and indigenous women and children across both Latin America and the Latin Diaspora in the Untied States, Canada, and in other advanced economies such as those of western Europe and Japan.

Ten years after starting LibertadLatina, more substantial press coverage is taking place. However, the crisis of ongoing mass gender atrocities that plague Latin America, including human trafficking, community based sexual violence, a gender hostile living environment and government and social complicity (and especially in regard to the region's completely marginalized indigenous and African descended victims - who are especially targeted for victimization), continue to be largely ignored or intentionally untouched by the press, official government action, academic investigation and NGO effort.

Therefore we persist in broadcasting the message that the crisis in Latin America and its Diaspora cannot and will not be ignored.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

July 21, 2010


Added: March 1, 2010

Mexico

Deputy Rosi Orozco watches Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

Video posted on YouTube

Video: Llama Gómez Mont a Visibilizar Delito de Trata de Personas

Video of Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Feb. 23rd and 24th, 2010 congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

[Ten minutes - In Spanish]

Deputy Rosi Orozco

On YouTube.com

Feb. 26, 2010

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LibertadLatina Commentary

Chuck Goolsby

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking has been widely quoted in the Mexican press. We have posted some of those articles here (see below).

The video of Secretary Mont's discourse shows that he is passionate about the idea of raising awareness about human trafficking. He states: "Making [trafficking] visible is the first step towards liberation."

Secretary Mont believes that the solution to human trafficking in Mexico will come from raising awareness about trafficking and from understanding the fact that machismo, its resulting family violence and also the nation's widespread extreme poverty are the dynamics that push at-risk children and youth into the hands of exploiters.

During Secretary Mont's talk he expressed his strongly held belief that federalizing the nation's criminal anti-trafficking laws is, in effect, throwing good money after bad. In his view, the source of the problem is not those whom criminal statutes would target, but the fundamental social ills that drive the problem.

The Secretary's views have an element of wisdom in them. We believe, however, that his approach is far too conservative. An estimated 500,000 victims of human trafficking exist in Mexico (according to veteran activist Teresa Ulloa of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin American and Caribbean branch - CATW-LAC).

A note about the figures quoted to describe the number of child sexual exploitation victims in Mexico...

Widely quoted 'official' figures state that between 16,000 and 20,000 underage victims of sex trafficking exist in Mexico.

We believe that, if the United States acknowledges that 200,000 to 300,000 underage children and youth are caught-up in the commercial sexual exploitation of children - CSEC, at any one time, based on a population of 310 million, (a figure of between .00064 and .00096 percent of the population), then the equivalent numbers for Mexico would be between 68,000 and 102,000 child and youth victims of CSEC for its estimated 107 million in population.

Given Mexico's vastly greater level of poverty, its legalization of adult prostitution, and given that southern Mexico alone is known to be the largest zone in the world for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), with 10,000 children being prostituted just in the city of Tapachula (according to ECPAT figures), then the total number of underage children and youth caught-up in prostitution in Mexico is most likely not anywhere near the 16,000 to 20,000 figure that was first released in a particular research study from more than five years ago and continues to be so widely quoted today.

Regardless of what the actual figures are, they include a very large number of victims.

While officials such as Secretary Mont philosophize about disabling anti-trafficking law enforcement and rescue and restoration efforts, while instead relying upon arriving at some far-off day when Mexican society raises its awareness and empathy for victims (and that is Mont's policy proposal as stated during the recent trafficking law forum), tens of thousands of victims who are being kidnapped, raped, enslaved and sold to the highest bidder need our help. They need our urgent intervention. As a result of their enslavement, they typically live for only a few years, if that, according to experts.

The reality is that the tragic plight of victims can and must be prevented. Those who have already been victimized must be rescued and restored to dignity.

That is not too much to ask from a Mexico that calls itself a member of civilized society.

Mexico exists at the very top of world-wide statistics on the enslavement of human beings. Save the Children recognizes the southern border region of Mexico as being the largest zone for the commercial sexual exploitation of children on Planet Earth.

Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, Japanese Yakuza mafias and the Russian Mob are all 'feeding upon' (kidnapping, raping, and exporting) many of  the thousands of Central and South American migrant women who cross into Mexico. They also prey upon thousands of young Mexican girls and women (and especially those who are Indigenous), who remain unprotected by the otherwise modern state of Mexico, where Roman Empire era feudal traditions of exploiting the poor and the Indigenous as slaves are honored and defended by the wealthy elites who profit (economically and sexually) from such barbarism.

Within this social environment, the more extreme forms of modern slavery are not seen as being outrageous by the average citizen. These forms of brutal exploitation have been used continuously in Mexico for 500 years.

We reiterate our view, as expressed in our Feb. 26th and 27th 2010 commentary about Secretary Mont.

Interior Secretary Mont has presided over the two year delay in implementing the provisions of the nation's first anti-trafficking law, the Law to Prevent, and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in 2007.

  • The regulations required to enable the law were left unpublished by the Interior Secretary for 11 months after the law was passed.

  • When the regulation were published, they were weak, and left out a role for the nation's leading anti-trafficking agency, the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women and Human Trafficking in the Attorney General's office (FEVIMTRA).

  • The regulations failed to target organized crime.

  • The Inter-Agency Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, called for in the law, was only stood-up in late 2009, two years after the law's passage, and only after repeated agitation by members of Congress demanding that President Calderón act to create the Commission.

  • Today, the National Program to Fight Human Trafficking, also called for in the 2007 law, has yet to be created by the Calderón administration.

  • In early February of 2010, Senator Irma Martínez Manríquez stated that the 2007 anti-trafficking law and its long-sought regulations were a 'dead letter' due to the power of impunity that has contaminated the political process.

All of the delaying tactics that were used to thwart the will and intent of Congress in passing the 2007 anti-trafficking law originated in the National Action Party (PAN) administration of President Felipe Calderón. All aspects of the 2007 law that called for regulations, commissions and programs were the responsibility of Interior Secretary Mont to implement. That job was never performed, and the 2007 law is now accurately referred to as a "dead letter" by members of Congress.

Those of us in the world community who actively support the use of criminal sanctions to suppress and ultimately defeat the multi-billion dollar power of human trafficking networks must come to the aid of the many political and non governmental organization leaders in Mexico who are working to create a breakthrough, to end the impasse which the traditionalist forces in the PAN political machine have thrown-up as a gauntlet to defeat effective anti-trafficking legislation.

Interior Secretary Mont's vision for the future, which involves continuing on a course of complete inaction on the law enforcement front, must be rejected as a capitulation to the status quo, and as a nod to the traffickers.

While "Little Brown Maria in the Brothel" - our metaphor for the voiceless victims, suffers yet another day chained to a bed in Tijuana, Acapulco, Matamoros, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Tapachula and Cancun, the entire law enforcement infrastructure of Mexico sits by and does virtually nothing to stop this mass gender atrocity from happening.

That is a completely unacceptable state of affairs for a Mexico that is a member of the world community, and that is a signatory to international protocols that fight human trafficking and that defend women and children's human rights.

We once again call upon U.S. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca, director of the Trafficking in Persons office at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama to stand-up and speak out with the moral authority of the United States in support of the forces of change in Mexico.

Political leaders and non governmental organizations around the world also have a responsibility to speak-up, and to let the government of President Felipe Calderón know that the fact that his ruling party (finally) supported presenting a forum on trafficking, and the holding of a few press conferences, is not enough of a policy turn-around to be convincing.

The PAN must take strong action to aggressively combat the explosive growth in human slavery in Mexico in accordance with international standards. Those at risk, and those who are today victims, await your effective response to their emergency, President Calderón.

Enacting a 'general' federal law that is enforceable in all of Mexico's states would be a good fist step to show the world that sincere and honest voices against modern day slavery do exist in Congress, and are willing to draw a line in the sand on this issue.

As for Secretary Mont, we suggest, kind sir, that you consider the age-old entrepreneurial adage, and either "lead, follow, or get out of the way" of progress.

No more delays!

There is no time to waste!

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

March 1, 2010

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Mexico

Víctimas del tráfico de personas, 5 millones de mujeres y niñas en América Latina

De esa cifra, más de 500 mil casos ocurren en México, señalan especialistas.

Five million victims of Human Trafficking Exist in Latin America

Saltillo, Coahuila state - Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, the director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women's Latin American / Caribbean regional office, announced this past Monday that more than five million women and girls are currently victims of human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During a forum on successful treatment approaches for trafficking victims held by the Women's Institute of Coahuila, Ulloa Ziaurriz stated that 500,000 of these cases exist in Mexico, where women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography and the illegal harvesting of human organs.

Ulloa Ziaurriz said that human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, a fact that has given rise to the existence of a very large number of trafficking networks who operate with the complicity of both [corrupt] government officials and business owners.

Mexico is a country of origin, transit and also destination for trafficked persons. Of 500,000 victims in Mexico, 87% are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

Ulloa Ziaurriz pointed out that locally in Coahuila state, the nation's human trafficking problem shows up in the form of child prostitution in cities such as Ciudad Acuña as well as other population centers along Mexico's border with the United States.

- Notimex / La Jornada Online

Mexico City

Dec. 12, 2007

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Mexico: Más de un millón de menores se prostituyen en el centro del país: especialista

Expert: More than one million minors are sexually exploited in Central Mexico

Tlaxcala city, in Tlaxcala state - Around 1.5 million people in the central region of Mexico are engaged in prostitution, and some 75% of them are between 12 and 13 years of age, reported Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean...

La Jornada de Oriente

Sep. 26, 2009

[Note: The figure of 75% of 1.5 million indicates that 1.1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 13 at any given time engage in prostitution in central Mexico alone. - LL]


LibertadLatina

Analysis of the political actions and policies of Mexico's National Action Party (PAN) in regard to their detrimental impact on women's basic human rights


A child in prostitution in Cancun, Mexico  stands next to a police car with an adult john.

About Child Sexual Slavery in Mexico

Thousands of foreign sex tourists arrive in Cancun daily from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the intention of having sex with children, according to a short documentary film by a local NGO (see below link). Police and prosecutors refuse to criminalize this activity.

This grotesque business model, that of engaging in child sex tourism, exists along Mexico's entire northern border with the U.S., along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala [and Belize], and in tourist resorts including Acapulco, Cancun and Veracruz. Thousands of U.S. men cross Mexico's border or fly to tourist resorts each day to have sex with minors.

Unfortunately, Mexico's well heeled criminal sex traffickers have exported the business model of selling children for sex to every major city as well as to many migrant farm labor camps across the U.S.

Human trafficking in the U.S. will never be controlled, despite the passage of more advanced laws and the existence of ongoing improvements to the law enforcement model, until the 500-year-old 'tradition' of sexual slavery in Mexico is brought to an end.

The most influential political factions within the federal and state governments of Mexico show little interest in ending the mass torture and rape of this innocent child population.

We must continue to pressured them to do so.

End Impunity now!

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The Dark Side of Cancun - a short documentary

Produced by Mark Cameron and Monserrat Puig

2007

About the case of Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva

Our one page flyer about Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva (Microsoft Word 2003)


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

Award-winning anti-child sex trafficking activist, journalist, author and women's center director Lydia Cacho

Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de limpieza social: Cacho

Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia del Estado, dijo.

Madrid. Las muertes por violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años, podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….

Deaths from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho

Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.

Madrid. Deaths from violence in Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

"Experts are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these 15,000 murders are linked to intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the press in her country.

Since President Felipe Calderón [became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which " militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.

Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in that case.

The foundation that bears Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...

Cacho is the author of [the child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.

Agence France Presse (AFP)

Nov. 23, 2009

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Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says

Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderón’s bloody campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social peace.”

Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her writings, told a press conference in Madrid that Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption and impunity.”

Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, the author said the nearly three years since Calderón took office have seen increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights advocates.

The period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.

“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.

Calderón, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”

“It is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread criticism for human rights abuses.

Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media, saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the government and other powerful interests.

A long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in the Mexican establishment.

In the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico from the United States to face charges.

Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.

In February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then assaulted behind bars.

The transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.

Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately dismissed.

EFE

Nov. 24, 2009

See Also:

LibertadLatina

Special Section

Journalist / Activist

Lydia Cacho is

Railroaded by the

Legal Process for

Exposing Child Sex

Networks In Mexico

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Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations

Americas Program Commentary

Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S. citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...

The militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have increased six-fold.

Even these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals. These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases, for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.

The situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better. Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels. Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

The militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership] aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.

All this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...

Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

Nov. 23, 2009


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War

Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production, Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up

Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderón completes half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in 2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderón’s cabinet...

While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in Calderón’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).

No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.

Kristin Bricker

Dec. 1, 2009

See also:

LibertadLatina News Archive - October 2009

El Paso - …Mexican human rights official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson [has] reported 170 instances of Mexican soldiers allegedly torturing, abusing and killing innocent people in Chihuahua [state].

The Associated Press

Oct. 17,2009

See also:

LibertadLatina Commentary

According to press reports from Mexico, the Yunque secret society is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party (PAN).

El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan. They take aggressive political action consistent with those beliefs.

During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in 'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents), may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and independent thinking in Mexico. 

We have documented the steady deterioration  of human rights for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.

The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one example of the harshness of  these conditions. The case of the sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women social protesters in the city of Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another stark case.

The Mérida Initiative, through which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war, but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.

El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti- women's rights, anti-indigenous rights,  anti-Semitic, anti-protestant and anti-gay 'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of U.S. funding.

Defeat the drug cartels?

Yes!

Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?

No!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 4, 2009

About El Yunque

The National Organization of the Anvil, or simply El Yunque (The Anvil), is the name of a secret society... whose purpose, according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the [ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish" the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political power.

Wealthy business-men and politicians (mostly from the [ruling] National Action Party) have been named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.

About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com



¡Feliz Día Internacional

de la Mujer!

Happy International Women's Day!

LibertadLatina Statement for International

Women's

Day, 2010



March 8 / Marzo 8

2009


¡Feliz Día Internacional de la Mujer!

Happy International Women's Day!

LibertadLatina

Nuestra declaración de 2005 Día Internacional de la Mujer es pertinente hoy en día, y define bien la emergencia hemesferica que enfrentan las mujeres y en particular as niñas de todas las Américas.

Pedimos a todas las personas de conciencia que siguimos trabajando duro para inform al público en general acerca de esta crisis, y que aumentamos nuestra presión popular sobre los funcionarios electos y otros encargados de tomar decisiones, que deben cambiar el statu quo y responder con seriadad, por fin, a las   atrocidades de violencia de género -en masa- que afectan cada vez mas a las mujeres y las niñas de las Américas.

¡Basta ya con la impunidad y la violencia de genero!


LibertadLatina

Our 2005 statement for International Women's Day is relevant today, and accurately defines the hemispheric emergency facing women and especially girl children in the Americas.

We ask that all people of conscience work hard to continue informing the general public about this crisis, and that we all ramp-up the pressure  on elected officials and other decision makers, who must change the status quo and respond, finally, to the increasingly severe mass gender atrocities that are victimizing women and girls across the Americas.

End Impunity and violence against women now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

March 8, 2008



LibertadLatina

Raids and Rescue Versus...?

Read our special section on the human rights advocacy conflict that exists between the goals of the defense of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation on the one hand, and the urgent need to protect Latina sex trafficking victims through law enforcement action...

...As the global economic crisis throws more women and children into severe poverty, and as ruthless trafficking gangs and mafias seek to increase their profits by kidnapping, raping, prostituting and murdering more women and girls (especially non-citizen migrants passing through Mexico to the U.S.), the level of sex trafficking activity will increase dramatically. 

Society must respond and protect those who are at risk...

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 18, 2008


Read our special section on the crisis in the city of Tapachula

Mexico

The city of Tapachula, located in Chiapas state near Mexico's border with Guatemala, is one of the largest and most lawless child sex trafficking markets in all of Latin America.

Our new news section tracks  events related to this hell-on-earth, where over half of the estimated 21,000 sex slaves and other sex workers are underage, and where especially migrant women and girls  from Central and South America, who seek to migrate to the United States, have their freedom taken from them, to become a money-making commodity for gangs of violent criminals.

A 2007 study by the international organization ECPAT [End Child Prostitution and Trafficking]... revealed that over 21,000 Central Americans, mostly children, are prostituted in 1,552 bars and brothels in Tapachula.

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina



See: The National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women

And: La Alianza Latina Nacional para Erradicar la Violencia Doméstica.

The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence


Added June 15, 2008

Ending Global Slavery: Everyday Heroes Leading the Way

Humanity United and Change-makers, a project of Ashoka International,  are conducting a global online competition to identify innovative approaches to exposing, confronting and ending modern-day human slavery.

View the over 200 entries from 45 nations

See especially:

Teresa Ulloa: Agarra la Onda Chavo", Masculini-dad, Iniciación Sexual y Consumo de la Prostitución ('Get It Together Young Man: Masculinity, Sexual Initiation and Consumption of Prostitution).

Equidad Laboral Y La Mujer Afro-Colombiana

(Labor Equality and the Afro-Colombian Woman)

Alianza Por Tus Derechos, Costa Rica: Our borders: say no to traffick-ing of persons, specially children

(APTD's news feed is a major source of Spanish language news articles translated and posted on LibertadLatina).

Prevención de la migración temprana y fortalecimiento de los lazos familiares en apoyo a las Trabajadoras del Hogar en Ayacucho

(Preventing early migration and re-enforcing families)... serving women in Quechua and Spanish in largely Indigenous Ayacucho, Peru.

LibertadLatina.org contributor Carla Conde - Freuden-dorff, on her work assisting Dominican women trafficked to Argentina

LibertadLatina

Our entry:

A Web-based Anti-Trafficking Information Portal in Defense of Indigenous, Afro-Descend-ent & Latina Women in the Americas

We present our history, plans for the future, and an essay discussing the current state of the anti-traffick-ing and anti-exploitation movements in the context of Indigenous, African Desc-endent and Latina women and children's rights in the Americas.

(Our extended copy of our Ashoka competition application)

Contribute your comments and questions about competition entries.

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

June 15/21/22, 2008

See also:

Added June 15, 2008

The World

Entrepreneur for Society

Bill Drayton discusses the founding of Ashoka... "Our job is not to give people fish, it's not to teach them how to fish, it's to build new and better fishing industries."

- Ashoka Foundation

See also:

Ashoka Peru


Mexico

A woman is paraded before Johns on Mexico City's Santo Tomás Street, where kidnap victims are forced into prostitution and are 'trained'

(C) NY Times

The Girls Next Door

The New York Times' ground-breaking story on child and youth sex trafficking from Mexico into the United States

Excerpt:

[About Montserrat, a former child trafficking victim:]

Her cell of sex traffickers offered three age ranges of sex partners -- toddler to age 4, 5 to 12 and teens -- as well as what she called a ''damage group.'' ''In the damage group they can hit you or do anything they wanted...''

- Peter Landesman

New York Times Magazine

January 25, 2004


Added March 23, 2008

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un millón de menores latinoamericanos atrapados por redes de prostitución

Former Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women - Alicia Elena Perez Duarte:

At least one million children across Latin America have been entrapped by child prostitution and pornography networks.

[In many cases in Mexico] these child victims are offered to [wealthy] businessmen and politicians.

Full story (in English)

See also:

Renuncia fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho

On December 14, 2007 Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned as Mexico's Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women [Fevim].  Duarte:

"I cannot work... where the justices of the Supreme Court won't bring justice in cases of grave violations of human rights."


Added March 1, 2008

Texas, USA

Kristal Minjarez - age 13, Armida Garcia - 15, and Brenda Salazar - 20... all raped and murdered by Andy James Ortiz

To Catch a Killer is the true story of Andy James Ortiz, his young victims, and the Fort Worth police and Tarrant County prosecutors who brought him to justice. The 24 chapter series ran in February and March of 2008.


Tengo 5 meses de edad y soy prostituta

I am 5 months old and I am a prostitute

LibertadLatina

Read our new section on the prostitution of infants by trafficking gangs across Latin America

Last Updated:

Nov. 27, 2008


About Baby Trafficking and [undocumented] Adoptions, and the connection to impunity and anti-Mayan racism in Guatemala



Hurricane Wilma - 2005

Earthquakes and hurricanes...

The impact of natural disasters on women and children's human rights in the Americas


Video

Roundtable on Trafficking of Women and Children in the Americas

- Organization of American States


United States

More than 163,000 Hispanic children... are reported missing and exploited in the United States every year.

- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

March 22, 2006


Latin America

Beyond Machismo - A Cuban Case Study

"I am a recovering macho, a product of an oppressive society, a society where gender, race and class domination do not exist in isolated compart-ments, nor are they neatly relegated to uniform categories of repression. They are created in the space where they interact and conflict with each other, a space I will call machismo."

- Cuban-American

theologian and ethicist

Dr. Miguel de la Torre

Remember, and FIND Jackeline Jirón Silva

Necesitamos su ayuda para ubicar a esta Niña.


Added Dec. 11, 2006

The World

Sex abuse, work and war deny childhood to tens

of millions

...An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year for labor or sex, and about 1 million children are thought to be exploited in the multi-billion dollar sex industry, UNICEF says.

- Reuters

Dec. 9, 2006

Added Nov. 7, 2006

The World

People trafficking ...is... big business, bringing in US $32 billion annually, worldwide. This makes people trafficking the most lucrative crime after drug trafficking.

- Inter-American

Development Bank
 Nov. 2,2006


"Familia" by Salvadoran
artist Zelie Lardé. (1901-1974)

Who will protect them from impunity?

We Must!

We work for all of the children and women who await our

society's effective and substantial help to escape criminal

sexual exploitation's utter brutality and impunity!

End Impunity... Now!

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