Something more than terror
Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
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there's something more than sadness,
there's something more than terror
there's hope. (from Casa Amiga poster)
Casa Amiga, a rape crisis center, actually is a positive biproduct of the Juarez femicides. Founded in 1999, it also serves as a domestic violence safe house for Juarez. With almost 3 million people in the city, it has a big job to do and hopes to establish more centers around the city eventually. But Fulbright scholar Karlina, our visit hostess, was undaunted in her enthusiasm, passion and commitment, yet another of the stellar individuals I've encountered in our two-year tour of the Border. They program for abuse prevention as well as therapy to affected families; all services are free. I was fascinated with the map of Juarez violence hot-spots that statistical research yielded.
Karlina suggested these resources to learn more about Juarez femicide:
Bones in the Desert,
NPR radio spots,
and the movie: Senorita Extraviada