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Women of Juarez

An eight-part series about survivors in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a community that has lost hundreds of women to unsolved murders in the past decade.  Originally published in the Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), in 2004.

Since at least 1993, hundreds of women have been killed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, turning a city that once thrived with the pulse of industry into a killing ground.

The goal of this eight-part series is simple: to tell the story of the women of Ciudad Juárez through the eyes of the survivors, giving voice to those who have been silenced. The Register set out to show how the serial killings have transformed a border community whose factories produce U.S. goods and draw hundreds of workers from throughout Mexico and Central America.

Each story represents a different segment of society touched by the killings. Today’s story focuses on a teenage girl who was killed.

Her story shows the void left when a vibrant young woman disappears from a family and a community.

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Yvette Cabrera

  • Yvette Cabrera is an Orange County Register local news columnist who writes about the Latino community in Orange County, and also serves as the newspaper’s Latino coverage coordinator.

Minerva Canto

  • Minerva Canto covered immigration and U.S.-Mexico issues for the Register from 1999 to 2004, reporting in both countries on topics such as the effects of Mexico's crackdown along its border with Guatemala, unemployment in the maquiladora industry and Vicente Fox's presidential campaign.

Rose Palmisano

  • Rose Palmisano a Register photographer, has covered border issues for 12 years. She documented the lives of migrant workers on both sides of the border and of illegal immigrants living in the United States. She spent several months photographing homeless children in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. 

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