Feb 15, 2007

To help families of victims

We get questions all the time about how to help the families of victims. We believe there are two ways to go about this. One, is to give directly to a family a donor has chosen to give to. Money can be wired directly to residents of Mexico without the need for the recipient to have a bank account. The transaction can be handled privately between the parties. The other way is to donate to an organization that facilitates sustainable projects that address violence against women at the border and elsewhere. There are U.S. organizations at the border that are involved in advocacy and sustainable assistance efforts. One is the Frontera Women's Foundation, an established and reputable non-profit that exists to improve the quality of life for girls and women along the border. It is located at 501 N. Kansas, Suite 203, El Paso, Texas 79901; (915) 532-1098; www.FronteraWomensFoundation.org. Another reputable organization is Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was co-founded by Dr. Cynthia Bejarano, a highly regarded criminal justice professor at New Mexico State University. Amigos can be reached at P.O Box 2449, Mesilla Park, N.M. 88047; amigosdemujeres@yahoo.com; (505) 571-7359. Amigos previously received a small grant from Frontera to help families in Juarez that requested assistance. Other groups and foundations may be listed in our data base later. Families of the victims of violence in Juarez and Chihuahua City have created various organizations to represent their interests, such as Nuestras de Regreso a Casa (Marisela Ortiz & Norma Andrade); Madres en Busca de Justicia (largest group of mothers); Voces Sin Eco (Paula Gonzalez) and Justicia Para Nuestras Hijas (Chihuahua City/Lucha Castro). Some families belong to more than one group; others choose not to belong to any group at all. Amnesty International (www.amnesty.org) also accepts donations for its worldwide information and awareness campaigns to fight violence against women, including the women of Juarez.