Monday, January 4, 2010

Transborder Press Conference and Fundraiser; Thurs, Jan. 7th

WHO: Families of feminicide victims and missing women of Albuquerque, NM, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

WHAT: A joint press release to raise awareness around the issue of the widespread unsolved murders of women in Mexico and New Mexico

WHEN: Thursday, January 7th, 2010:

4:00 p.m: PRESS CONFERENCE by families from Albuquerque and Ciudad Juárez

6:30 p.m: Two mothers from Ciudad Juárez will talk about their experience with grassroots organizing and their search for justice following the disappearance and murder of their daughters.

WHERE: The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard SE; Albuquerque, 87106


Ms. Paula Flores Bonilla, Ciudad Juárez resident, will present on her community advocacy work in Juárez stemming from her daughter’s murder in 1998. She will share information about the Fundación María Sagrario's new projects: a community center, a library, and work with youth in the area, in the hopes that funds can be raised to support its ongoing work.

Ms. Irma Monrreal will discuss the verdict of her hearing before the InterAmerican Court in Santiago de Chile. Irma’s daughter Esmeralda Herrera was one of the victims of the cotton field murders in 2001.

In Santiago, three mothers from Juárez gave testimony about their daughters’ cases. Subsequently, the court ruled that Mexico was negligent in these feminicides.

Our Precious Angels of Albuquerque is an organization designed to provide emotional support for the families involved with the West Mesa murder victims. Another mission of the group is to assist in the search for other missing women in the Albuquerque area to locate family members of the missing women in order to provide emotional support to them.

This event has been organized by the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice and Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez of Las Cruces, NM.

For more information, please call Cecilia at (505) 268-9557

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