Fwd: Juarez murders - action alert
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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 14:59:19 -0500
From: Sean Garcia <sgarcia@...>
Reply-To: Sean Garcia <sgarcia@...>
Subject: Juarez murders - action alert
Greetings to everyone -
Work to end the murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico continues to
build steam in the US Congress. Now, we have the first opportunity to get
our members of Congress on record as supporting a pro-active stance by the
US government in resolving these crimes. On Friday, November 21, six
members of the House of Representatives - four Democrats and two
Republicans - introduced House Resolution 466, which extends sympathy to the
victims' families and clearly defines 6 steps that the US government can
take to help resolve this tragedy.
As you may have seen in my last e.mail, 66 members of Congress sent a letter
to Secretary of State Colin Powell asking him to raise a series of concerns
in these cases during meetings with the Mexican Foreign Minister. That
letter wsas a huge success with many thanks to all the activists who
contacted their members of Congress despite the 48-hour deadline, and the
State Department is becoming more aware of this issue. If you'd like to see
that letter, you can find it on our website at
You can also find background materials on the Juarez murders there if you're
not familiar with the issue.
This new resolution - HR 466 - gives activists across the country an
excellent opportunity to work with their members of Congress to make sure
that Mexico sees the large amount of concern and support coming out of the
US for the women of Juarez. Contact your member of Congress and ask them to
co-sponsor resolution 466. Congresswoman Solis is not going to ask for a
vote on the resolution for quite a few months in order to get the largest
number of co-sponsors possible, so it provides you with an opportunity to
make sure that your member of Congress becomes a co-sponsor.
To contact your member of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at
202.224.3121 and ask to be connected to your member of Congress or e.mail
(go to www.house.gov and select "Write Your Representative" to send an email
message) them your request. Be sure to tell them that you're a constituent
and that this issue matters to you. Because these murders are not
politically controversial, just a few phone calls from constituents are
sometimes enough to convince your representative to become a co-sponsor.
When you contact their office, you can tell them that:
. The Juarez murders are one of the most serious human rights abuses taking
place in Latin America
. The Mexican authorities have left over 370 abduction/rape/murders
unresolved over the past 10 years
. Only international pressure has forced Mexico to develop a plan to
investigate and prevent the murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez
. International pressure needs to continue until the government of Mexico
implements this plan and finds the criminals responsible for the murders
. House Resolution 466 will send a clear signal that the United States is
concerned about these murders, and that we expect Mexico to meet its
obligations by solving these crimes. It also offers our assistance in
investigating these crimes.
. Co-sponsor House Resolution 466.
Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or for more information. Also
check out our webpage - www.lawg.org - for background materials on the
Juarez murders and other tips on how to lobby your member of Congress.
Thanks to all, and have a great Thanksgiving.
Best regards -
Sean Mariano Garcia
Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group
T: 202/546-7010 F: 202/543-7647 sgarcia@...
Latin America Working Group
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