Women of Juarez
U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, is leading bipartisan efforts in Congress to encourage U.S. help in ending the serial killings. After leading a congressional delegation to Juárez last year, Solis and other lawmakers introduced a bill, HR466, that asks the U.S. president and secretary of state to make the issue part of the U.S.-Mexico agenda. The bill has 122 co-sponsors.
Since 1993, the FBI and El Paso, Texas, police have provided courses for law enforcement in Chihuahua. Previously, they assisted in investigations when invited by Mexican authorities.
Stephen Slater, former head of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, works for the state of Chihuahua as public-safety adviser to investigators in Ciudad Juárez.
Eve Ensler, creator of the award-winning “The Vagina Monologues,” spearheads protests in Ciudad Juárez as part of a campaign by her nonprofit, V-Day, to eradicate violence against women worldwide. The movement has attracted actors such as Jane Fonda.
Musicians including Tori Amos, Jaguares and Los Tigres del Norte have composed songs to bring attention to the cause.
“Señorita Extraviada,” a 2002 PBS documentary directed by Lourdes Portillo, has been screened for audiences nationwide.
Orange County artists Adriana Alba-Sanchez and Rigo Maldonado participated in a yearlong art exhibit to spark awareness of the slayings. Maldonado also creates “Project Juárez,” a monthlong series of community workshops held at the Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana.
U.S. activists and residents have organized caravans to Ciudad Juárez during days when protests are scheduled or to meet with families of victims.