January 2, 2002
Juárez Rape Crisis Center Receptionist Murdered at Work, Center Loses Funding
María Luisa Carsoli Berumen, age 33, was murdered on December 21, 2001, in
Ciudad Juárez, outside of the Casa Amiga Rape and Abuse Crisis Center where
she worked as a receptionist. Carsoli Berumen had four children, ages 2, 3, 6
and 8. Police are still looking for Carsoli Berumen's husband, Ricardo Medina
Acosta, the suspect in the case.
The Cd. Juárez newspaper El Diario reported that an unnamed cleaning woman
that works at Casa Amiga stated that Carsoli Berumen's husband, Ricardo
Medina Acosta, approached Carsoli Berumen as she arrived at work. The two
began to argue and then Medina Acosta twice stabbed his wife, the woman said.
The cleaning woman tried to stop Medina Acosta but could not. She yelled for
help but no one came to assist, she said.
After the murder, Carsoli Berumen's four children were picked up by
authorities because Medina Acosta allegedly threatened to kill them if police
attempted to arrest him. According to Adela Lozoya of Casa Amiga, the
children have been living with their maternal grandmother since December 24,
According to Esther Chávez Cano, the director of the not-for-profit Casa
Amiga, Carsoli Berumen first came to Casa Amiga about a year ago because her
husband had been beating her often. At the time of the murder, Carsoli
Berumen and her husband were living separately.
In a press conference after the killing, Chávez said that in Cd. Juárez, men
believe they own women. The killing she said is proof that Casa Amiga, the
only rape and abuse crisis center in the city of 1.2 million people, can not
attend to the needs of all of the city's women.
Citing a lack of available funds, the interim mayor of Cd. Juárez, José Reyes
Ferriz told El Diario that the city had to end its monthly contribution of
30,000 pesos (approximately US$3,200) in October, 2001. However, Reyes said
that the city will look into how it can support Casa Amiga in the future.
The previous city administration had supported Casa Amiga for three years
until its term ended in October, 2001.
Source: El Diario, December 22, 2001. Article by Armando Rodríguez.
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