Immigration’s Invisible Victims: Women

On April 23, 2010 Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1070.  The bill makes it a state crime for a suspected illegal immigrant in Arizona that is not carrying legal documents and allows the crack down of persons hiring, sheltering and transporting them.  Recently, I read an article by Tim Johnson who is the Mexico City bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers.  In 1996, he won Columbia College’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for “courageous and valiant reporting” from Latin America and worked 14 years for the Miami Herald.

His latest article is disturbing and shocking: “6 out of 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass through Mexico hoping to cross illegally into the United Sates.”  Amnesty International’s 48 page report titled “Invisible Victims” states that the rapists include gang members and local authorities.

The majority of the attacks occur in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oazaca, Tabasco and Veracruz.   According to Amnesty International: “migrants fear that if they report assaults, abductions or rapes, they’ll be deported to their home countries.”  As a result, human smugglers demand women to receive contraceptive injections ahead of the journey to avoid pregnancy due to rape.

The vast majority of migrants traveling through Mexico are Central Americans searching for work due to the extreme poverty they left behind.

There is a face and story behind these “Invisible Victims.”

Here are the links:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/28/1603019/6-out-of-10-migrant-women-raped.html

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/05/01/arizona-immigration-law-protests.html?ref=rss

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/04/obama-calls-for-immigration-reform-blasts-measure-in-arizona.html

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/163/

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/widespread-abuse-migrants-mexico-human-rights-crisis-2010-04-27

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