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    January 2, 2002 Juárez Rape Crisis Center Receptionist Murdered at Work, Center Loses Funding María Luisa Carsoli Berumen, age 33, was murdered on December
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 11, 2002
      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,
      2001.

      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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