Oct 23, 2008

Hour special by Discovery Channel-Spanish on the Juarez murders

Watch the hour special on Discovery Channel (Spanish) on the Juarez murders at 9 p.m. (MST) Oct. 26, 2008


From the El Paso Times
Oct. 15, 2008

Discovery en Español to have special on murders of women in Juárez
Times staff report

MIAMI - "Silencio en Juarez," an original production by Discovery en Español, premiering at 8 p.m. MDT Oct. 26, will take viewers deep into Juárez to look at the femecides in the city and the women who fear for their safety.
Discovery en Español can be seen in El Paso on Time Warner Digital Cable Channel 607, DirecTV Channel 413 and Dish Network Channel 845.
"This one hour special takes an objective, thorough, yet sometimes chilling look at the epidemic of femecides that have plagued this bordertown metropolis for over a decade," the news release on the show states. "The narrative of this town's harrowing tale comes to life as never before, as riveting visuals, revealing and often times moving testimonials come together to offer viewers a better understanding of the ongoing terror.
Since 1993, over 400 women have been tortured and raped and more than 1,000 more have gone missing in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The thousands of victims who have fallen prey share several important characteristics, all are young and of meager means, students and/or factory workers. Of those who were found dead, most were likely tortured and raped before they were killed.
Some attribute the terror to a wave of violence associated with the drug trafficking cartel, others look to domestic violence and blame the machismo inherent in the local culture, yet others think it is simply the work of one or more madman or serial killers on the loose.
The documentary also encompasses testimonials and interviews with key experts and officials including: Oscar Maynez Grijalva, forensic psychologist and expert on the case, who points the finger at law enforcement; Diana Washington Valdez, a journalist for El Paso Times, who has written expose after expose on the issue; Veronica Rosario Leyva, a member of Red Solidaria Mexico; Liliana Velazquez Ramirez, a spokeswoman for Amnesty International in Mexico, who posits that not enough has been done to resolve these crimes; as well as the declarations by Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez, Attorney General from Chihuahua, who sustains that since 2004 many of the cases have been resolved.