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Baja California, Mexico: Human Rights Worker Threatened Over Immigration Case

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    FNS: BC Human Rights Worker Threatened Over Immigration Case Date: 9/25/2002 9:38:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time From: frontera@nmsu.edu An employee of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2002
      FNS: BC Human Rights Worker Threatened Over Immigration Case
      Date: 9/25/2002 9:38:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time
      From: frontera@...

      An employee of the Baja California Human Rights Office, Lorena Rosas Chávez, has been receiving telephone threats for her investigation of a federal migrant-protection unit, Grupo Beta.

      Rosas, who is the head of the Human Rights Office's Program for Migrant and Indigenous Affairs, is examining whether Grupo Beta violated the rights of 35 Central American migrants while they were in the state, according to an article in Méxicali's La Crónica newspaper. The article did not mention when the events between Beta and the migrants occurred.

      The head of the BC Human Rights Office, Raúl Ramírez Baena, has requested that the BC Attorney General's Office, the Secretary of Public Security and the Méxicali police protect Rosas because her life is in danger.

      Grupo Beta is a federal agency that is charged with protecting migrants from human traffickers, keeping migrants from attempting dangerous crossings into the US, and rescuing migrants in distress.

      In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, for example, Beta has not received local support and only has a few units in that city. Initially, there was some resistance to Beta establishing itself in Cd. Juárez because some people and organizations feared that it would only create a new level of corruption.

      In a separate case, the office has also asked city and state law enforcement to protect journalist Roberto Rocabado because of threats made against his life related to his media activity. The office's support of Rocabado is part of its State Program for the Protection of Journalists and Media.

      Ramírez also requested that state authorities investigate the threats agains Rocabado.

      In 2000, Ramírez wrote two articles for FNS. These are:

      The Northern Border and Human Rights
      http://www.nmsu.edu/~frontera/nov00/feat1.html (English translation)
      http://www.nmsu.edu/~frontera/nov00/feat2.html (Spanish original)
      La globalización y el salario mínimo
      Source: La Crónica (Méxicali), September 25, 2002.
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