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Center for Justice Prosecutor Targets Crimes Against Women in Ciudad Juarez

Angela Kocherga -
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September 29, 2014

CIUDAD JUAREZ — The special prosecutor for crimes against women in Ciudad Juarez says the office has whittled down the number of unsolved cases of missing women from 150 to 85 — a figure questioned by critics in this city of 1.5 million people across the border from El Paso.

"This is a full frontal assault on these crimes," said Refugio Jáuregui Venegas, the special prosecutor who took the helm when the office was created in March 2012.

It's a tough job in the border city that is infamous for the murders and disappearances of hundreds of women over the past two decades.

The special prosecutor is part of the Center for Justice created after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in 2009 that Mexico failed to investigate the murders of eight young women whose bodies were found dumped in a cotton field.

Relatives of three of the murdered women took their case before the court authorities, arguing the government did little to investigate or prosecute crimes against women.

The special prosecutor is now examining cases from 1995 to the present.

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