Mar 15, 2011

Activist based in Juarez, Mexico, to seek U.S. asylum, march scheduled


Cipriana Jurado seeks asylum
Peace & Dignity march set for Thursday in El Paso, Texas

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By Kelly McKenzie  (03/15/2011)

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Cipriana Jurado, 46, a longtime activist in Juarez, Mexico, will seek asylum in the United States after receiving death threats for her advocacy work, El Paso lawyer Carlos Spector said.

Spector, who represents other asylum cases, plans to conduct a news conference today in El Paso.

Jurado is internationally known for her work on behalf of low-income workers in Mexico. In recent years, she advocated for justice in the women's murders and disappearances, and against the militarization of Mexico's drug wars.

Jurado was picked up by the military in Juarez but released after the international community demanded that the government set her free.

Other activists have been threatened or killed in Mexico.

Malu Garcia, co-director of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa, fled Juarez with her family after receiving death threats. Someone had spread gasoline around the outside of her home and started a fire.

Marisela Ortiz, the other director of Nuestras Hijas, said she too has continued to receive deaths threats, including a specific one against her son.

Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte has pledged to find the people who have attacked the activists in his state.

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March for Peace & Dignity

The Border Farm Workers Center announced a march for peace and dignity beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. The march will commence from the center's offices in downtown El Paso.