When Esther Chavez Cano first organized protests in 1993 in Ciudad Juarez, hers was the initiating voice against “femicide,” a term given to the murder of hundreds of women in this border town. She accused local police and political leaders of covering up the murders and chided local media for not paying enough attention to the crimes. And her protests led to international attention on the murder of women and girls in Juarez.

But Chavez was more than simply an organizer. She was also a healer. She went on to found the city’s first rape crisis center known simply as Casa Amiga. She traveled the world raising awareness of the murders in Juarez, and raising money for the center. In 2008, Mexican President Felipe Calderón presented Chavez with the country’s highest human rights award. Her center also receives support by Mexican federal grants.

Chavez succumbed to cancer on Christmas Day, 2009. El Paso reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe has this remembrance.

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  1. I think Stone is dangerous for the mievos and television have great influence. I know there is a book out titled How IBM helped the Nazis . It is about the holerith machine developed by IBM Germany To say IBM assisted the Nazi Effort is a stretch. But conspiracy theories sell mievos and books. My question is broader How does one present the context for some of the wrong things this country actually has done. I am thinking about operation “Keel Haul.” I came across it from an article Pat Buchanan wrote some years ago. It is also briefly mentioned in the book Yalta by SW.M. Plokhy. The IBM thing about assisting the Nazis is bogus. When I teach the section on the Holocaust I do mention Stalin as committing genocide in the USSR which allows the class to understand the difference between the two. We Discuss how Stalin deported entire ethnic groups as the Tartars of the Crimea (200,000) by boxcar. Stalin was clearly a murderer. However, both Churchill and Roosevelt acknowledged that Russia felt the impact of the war more then any other country. It was also the Russian army that destroyed the German army. For more data on this check Max Hastings. That does not denigrate either the British or American war effort. I once read something that went By 1945 Russia and America won the war but in 1940 it was the British that did not lose it. (a paraphrase)

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