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Book Presentation: Violence and Activism at the Border

Wed, November 12, 2008 | Littlefield House

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty per year, yet law enforcement officials have made no breakthroughs in finding the perpetrator(s). Drawing on in-depth surveys, workshops, and interviews of Juarez women and border activists, VIOLENCE AND ACTIVISM AT THE BORDER provides crucial links between these disturbing crimes and a border history of violence against women in Mexico. In addition, the ways in which local feminist activists used the Juarez murders to create international publicity and expose police impunity provides a unique case study of social movements in the borderlands, especially as statistics reveal that the rates of femicide in Juarez are actually similar to other regions of Mexico.

Also examining how non-governmental organizations have responded in the face of Mexican law enforcement's "normalization" of domestic violence, Staudt's study is a landmark development in the realm of global human rights.

Join panelists Professor Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez (Sociology), Hector Dominguez- Ruvalcaba (Spanish and Portuguese), Victoria Todriguez (Graduate Studies), and Kathleen Staudt (Author) for discussion and comments.

Books will be available for sale before and after the event

Reception to follow

Sponsored by: Graduate School and Center for Women's and Gender Studies

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