May 24, 2008

U.S. Embassy in Mexico Warns of Threats of Increased Violence in Ciudad Juarez

Threats of Increased Violence in Ciudad Juarez
May 23, 2008


The Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is providing this notice to U.S. citizens in the area to ensure that they are aware of a potential threat to their safety.
A notice from the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety, dated May 22, 2008, suggests that Ciudad Juarez faces a threat of unusually high levels of violence during the weekend of May 23-25, 2008. The Secretariat notice references a widely circulated e-mail message, from an unidentified source, which recommended that the public avoid venues such as shopping centers and nightclubs, and avoid traveling on major city roads. The Secretariat recommends that the public take the threat seriously, as it appears to reflect the intentions of an organized criminal organization.
While there is no evidence of any threats directed against U.S. citizens or U.S. interests, the Consulate General is nevertheless recommending that its employees limit their activities in Ciudad Juarez during the weekend of May 23 to 25.
U.S. citizens are reminded to review the State Department’s Travel Alert dated April 14, 2008 regarding violence along the border and the Country Specific Information for Mexico, both available at the Department’s website listed below. U.S. citizens are urged to be especially alert to safety and security conditions when visiting Ciudad Juarez and the State of Chihuahua, particularly during the weekend of May 23 to 25.
The Consulate General also wishes to advise U.S. citizens that the Consulate will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26. As is always the case, U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance from the Consulate outside of normal business hours may contact the Consulate Duty Officer at the Mexican cellular telephone number provided at the end of this message.
Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Consulate’s website
http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/ and the U.S. Department of State's travel website at www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad," found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 202-501-4444.
Citizens living and residing in Mexico are advised to register their presence in the country through the U.S. Department of State's automated online registration system,
https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy via e-mail or by calling the U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez at (52) (656) 611-3000. This complete message is available on the Embassy’s website at http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/main.html.
The American Citizens Services Section of the U.S. Consulate General Juarez, Mexico is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., telephone: 011-52-656-613-1655. After hours, please contact the Consulate’s on-call Duty Officer at 011-52-656-265-8484.