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What is Happening To The Women Of Ciudad Juarez?

August 18, 2019

(light soft music) (speaking in a foreign language) (dramatic music) (speaking in a foreign language) – In 2001, the term femicide
emerged as a way to describe violence against women
because they are women. When thinking about femicide, the first thing that we want to remember is that femicide is a global phenomenon. Femicide is not unique towards Mexico, however right now since 2004,
the femicides have increased. (light soft music) (speaking in a foreign language) One thing I try to do in my work is to talk about critically
what are the conditions that give rise to femicide? (upbeat music) Businesses don’t want
to come and set up shop if there is negative attention. So the government talks about femicide, the killing of young
women and girls in Mexico, as a dark legend. The activists and the mothers will not let this escape public attention. One of the ways that mothers
and activists do this is by painting crosses. (light soft music) (speaking in a foreign language) So when you look at the
disappeared women in Juarez, these are not the affluent. These are typically poor women. When the free trade agreements happened, most of the rural areas of
southern Mexico were decimated. So what happened is that
workers in the southern states of Mexico were forced to migrate to look for work in the factory settings. If a woman disappears in Ciudad Juarez, there are often no family
members there to look for them. (light soft music) (speaking in a foreign language) We know that patriarchy is
again a global phenomenon. But we also want to think about what the conditions are in Mexico. Finding these bodies is typically done by the family members. (light soft music) State officials have not been
investigating these crimes. Often the government would say, “She’s out with a boy”. “She’s out on the wrong side of town.” “She was a prostitute, she was drinking.” They articulate the women as
leading these double lives. In my interviews with several
of the family members, after the femicides
occurred, many of the men in relationships would say
to their woman comments like, “If you act out, if you start
showing your independence, “you too are going to end up a victim.” (light soft music) The role of the state has been taken on by the mothers of the
victims and the activists. They have been for years
holding restreos, or searches, out in the desert to look for remains. That creates a double trauma
because the initial trauma was the femicide, but the
trauma then that is taken on by the family members
having to go and search for their loved ones, search for clothing, search for bones in the desert,
is another set of trauma. And these restreos are doing
the work of the government. (speaking in a foreign language) And so one of the things we want to consider is who is culpable. (light soft music) There are many activists
who talk about the fact that American citizens can
be crossing into Juarez and targeting the women. One man that I interviewed
was working in Juarez as an investigative journalist
and he said that many of the men that he would interview
that crossed from El Paso would tell him, if you want
to rape and murder a woman, there is no easier place
than Cuidad Juarez. And that is because of the impunity. (dramatic music) No one is held responsible. The government doesn’t
want the public to think that these women were real
and therefore crimes continue. And that then feeds into a culture. (speaking in a foreign language) Typically one thing
that people want to know is how can we address
the issue of femicide. What can we do? One of the ideas was to boycott
some of the corporations that own the mahiladoras. However when speaking with the workers, they asked individuals not to boycott because that would then
mean a job loss for them. So it’s very important, the
first thing I always say is we need to speak with the
community members themselves. The community members are the ones embodying and living this reality. They are the ones that are on the front lines engaging the activism. Our role is to act in solidarity with them in whatever capacity that we can. But we follow their lead. Projects like the Faces of Femicide mural are extremely important. What the Faces of Femicide
does with the work of Juvia and Miclavio
is interview the mothers about their daughters lives. What were their dreams? What were their aspirations? What were they studying? What did they want to accomplish? To show the world that this
was an actual human being and the government cannot erase or engage in cultural amnesia. (speaking in a foreign language) One of the things that’s also
really important to remember is that we cannot engage in stereotyping. And currently what’s going on
with the Trump administration is it functions to just fuel
those negative stereotypes. Mexicans as rapists,
Mexicans as criminals. These poor brown women, no,
these are women with agency. These are women leading social movements. These are women with unique stories. Rape against women is a global phenomenon. Gendered violence is a global phenomenon. This is in no way, shape or form a Mexican problem or something inherent to a Mexican sensibility. (speaking in a foreign language) (light soft music)


  • Reply Anna Mccartney July 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you, dr Nina Lozano for speaking like that about us mexican people. It's unbelievable what happens in Juarez. I can't imagine what is like to be a woman ln Juarez. I would be unable to sleep if i lived there. It's so sad and unfair. Ya son años de desapariciones de mujeres y nadie hace nada, ya basta!! STOP IT!!😢😠

  • Reply Lina Limayem July 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I really wish the media drew more attention to this. Attention to all the lifes lost and children murdered. THIS IS REAL. When I heard all the horrific things that had been done to little Ana Maria I started crying. We need to do everything we can to help the people of Ciudad Juarez and try to make a difference. All my love goes to the families and inhabitants of Ciudad Juarez who have suffered great loss ❤ Stay strong 🌱❤.

  • Reply Vexy Violet July 9, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Where my other feminists at

  • Reply Grecia Marquez July 10, 2017 at 2:00 am

    The problem with Cd Juárez is that it still happen even now
    And people are scare from talking about it

  • Reply respectfull hoe July 10, 2017 at 2:31 am

    criminals from all over the World pay to be able to kill there. it's a hunting ground for the elite, they"ll even pay others, low lifes from around there to kill for them, there is a driving force, gives them more power, it feels Good for them to kill, the very Earth calls for it. there's a big hole, portal deep down into the Earth there. it's posible Hell, i'v Seen it through remote viewing when l was trying to figure out what the heck was going on there ?and why was no one stopping it.

  • Reply O.C. July 10, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Boo hoo. Fix your own problems. Stop spilling your baggage into the US.

  • Reply Important guy commenting July 10, 2017 at 6:17 am


  • Reply Nathan Del rey July 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I learned about this a couple months back I went to the Frida Kahlo theatre in LA and saw a play called I think it was las mujeres de juarez or mujeres de juarez and it was all about this some of the actors actually had daughters who were victims of this everything in the play seemed so real and it was heartbreaking and sad

  • Reply Rubi Salomon July 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Why they do this?

  • Reply Dafne Saenz July 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Amor por nuestras mujeres, madres, hijas, hermanas. Amor por Juarez ✌

  • Reply Karen Itzel July 10, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    the worst thing is that nobody cares, unless religion is in, the government doesn't Care either, even the state governor delays the conferences- it is getting worse

  • Reply Ruby Berumen July 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

    They should still go back to their country (sarcasm)

  • Reply Hafsa BK July 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Oh god…

    your safe now, beautiful angels RIP may god protect you..

  • Reply IVETTH July 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    if girls are lost it's because they are kidnapped and used for prostitution later on

  • Reply Joanna Willie July 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    i live in El Paso TX and it's sad to hear every day in the news about this and it's not okay to cross the border with fear of being killed just because i was born a woman we will not be oppressed

  • Reply abril July 12, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Adonde está Ciudad Juárez ? Alguien dame una location como de adonde está estoy perdida 😰😰

  • Reply Janice Carrasco July 12, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I visit Juarez almost every weekend and this has been my fear for years. It so sad that a place i love so much goes through this everyday! I pray for every single family who has gone through this, and hope nobody else does ..😪💔

  • Reply Kristal Castorena July 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Maybe this is why the illegal "criminals" are leaving their country. I never felt more at risk than when I had to drive through Juarez a couple days ago.

  • Reply Caliluv July 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Horrible. So so sad.

  • Reply Artemis July 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    This happens in Argentina too

  • Reply Salma Montiel July 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I live in Juárez and sadly this is true.
    BuzzFeed you could talk about Marisela Escobedo she was an activist she was killed it's a tragedy and has to be known by everybody.

  • Reply Gabriela Barzallo July 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    30 seconds of ads wtf!

  • Reply Anna Paola Villalba July 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Así se vive en Juaritoz 😔💔
    Is difficult…

  • Reply Liz eth July 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I've been there… luckily nothing happened thank god. But prayers sent for those people god be with them ❤️

  • Reply Ana Forever31 July 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    There's a lot of theories about who is doing this, there's even a movie with Jennifer López where the murders are Americans buying girls from México, people also say it could be a group of Satan worshipers. The only truth is that there's no other place in México where this happens, only here, there's murders everywhere yes, but this is the only city where the murders against women are alarming.

  • Reply Amur Music July 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I don't know how people can do such things !!?? May God be with them and keep them safe

  • Reply Ms_noLife July 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    That looks like breland

  • Reply Cynthia Perez July 17, 2017 at 2:55 am

    my family lives there

  • Reply Dayaʕ•ᴥ•ʔ July 18, 2017 at 3:14 am

    You talked about Ciudad Juárez? wow, that's, surprising. But it sucks at the same time. Whenever I crossed the board to go to school, there's a pink cross at the very beginning of the bridge, meaning like a memorial for those girls/women who lost their life. I feel so bad. They don't deserve that! Let's pray for the innocent girls who have been taken away from their families and pray for the victims who passed away.

    BTW, I went to that High School 1:50
    Just wanted to point that out. Sorry if I offended anyone.

  • Reply peace July 18, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This make so angry. Us women must be so powerful since people are always trying to suppress and silence us. We need to end this mentality now

  • Reply Sweetheart Okay July 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    They need all 2 bodyguards one men and a woman

  • Reply C J July 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I'm so glad that BuzzFeed is speaking about this serious, heart-wrenching issue that is happening in Mexico. I heard what was going on a few months back but I haven't seen anyone talking about it, so it's a relief people are starting to take notice of this issue. Hopefully, we can figure something out and take action.

  • Reply CamzIsTheType July 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    It's si sad that not even me, as mexican really knew about this. Media never gives this kinda stuff the importance it should be given and that has to stop rn as well as all types of violence but the government does nothing about it.

  • Reply Neli LR July 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    This is so sad and so real. We need to spread awareness and let people know that we are not going to just sit pretty and do everything we're told to do. We have to fight, we have to get dirty and for once not worry about our appearance and what people think of us. This is so upsetting that women have been treated this way since the beginning of time. this is terrible how could someone think they could just take someone's daughter that way

  • Reply Bengali Beauty July 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Oh saw a documentary about this

  • Reply frida melendez July 22, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    mexican government and police, are worthless.

  • Reply KnotMyBuns Aye July 23, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Finally an actual good video from buzzfeed. Sadly the government is part of this, THEY WORK with these murderers and don't do a thing, Mexico has never been worse and its so sad.

  • Reply The Jessy July 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    my aunt and my mom were murdered in juarez when i was a year old i dont have memory of them but i visit their grave often at san rafael cementery this really got to me. i dont wish the pain of loosing someone to anybody.

  • Reply Tati’s Music Chat’s July 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I wanted to visit Mexico but now I'm scared this is super sad!!!

  • Reply Chandini Mohan July 30, 2017 at 3:57 am

    491 dislikes!!!!!
    what are you showing solidarity to???
    rapes, tortures,murder

  • Reply Amy Foo July 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    In a corrupted country, the economy and social status gap between the rich and the poor is always getting bigger and bigger year after year!

    The corruptible ones are too many, the conspiracy in the ring, from the high up to the botyom, is too deep rooted for too long; they always exploit others for their evil sport and gains!

    May God shine His Light upon this darkened place, reveal the evildoers and punish them!

    God Bless and protect His innocent children of Ciudad Juarez!

  • Reply Jackson castillo August 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    491 people are idiots for disliking this ! They def don't deserve to be here

  • Reply Helena Monique Clarke August 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

    But there are other ways to get these women help than allowing global corporations to exploit their poverty. Look at Bolivia's revolution.

  • Reply Madoka Or August 10, 2017 at 4:40 am

    My heart goes to all the victims' mothers. I pray they will see their daughters again in heaven. I pray the government can step up do something about it…

  • Reply Adrian R. August 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    this is part of pizzagate that the US & Mx government are apart of very Hostal situation going on here.

  • Reply Judith Rhice August 26, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Some Mexicans are always doing something to hurt their ppl; that is why they flee. Preying on poor ppl.

  • Reply Paul William August 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    stop bitching stop bitching, marching, and complaining, and teach your kids how to fight simple as that Sparta 300

  • Reply Bounty The quicker picker upper September 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    How can over a two hundred people watch this video and dislike it…. just because the truth was too much for you? Or because u just dont care or u partake in it? Thus was a tragic story that raised awarness for something in real life that is horrible and u dont like it? WELL MY MOTHER OUGHT 2 BEAT U PIECE OF S***!😑

  • Reply Family Adventures September 20, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I watched Bordertown movie on Netflix and it was very sad 🙁

  • Reply Marisol Escalante September 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm


  • Reply jackie Mederos September 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    hese acts against women is indeed a transgression against the universal mother for even these men who violated these women, life loved these men, nurtured them while growing up, a mother figure cared for their needs and assisted their growth and increase in strength. How sad is to see a man spit on their own life for every time they transgress a female (no matter how low they perceive this female) they spit and loath on the love that allowed for them to be raised as men, they bring to themselves all those hateful acts back into their own life, condemning their own legacy, condemning their own lineage.

    Oh simple mind, when are you going to learn endless power and joy comes from transcending your own animal like desires. Oh simple mind, raise your eyes higher for you are endless, your begin from the head up not the waist down. Oh simple mind, raise your eyes, erect your posture for long ago life loved you enough and give you the opportunity to realized you no longer walk on four. Oh simple mid, stop chasing your endless shinning illusions, your temporary illusions of power and force for the lower energy center does not lead to realizing your eternal and joyful self.

    Oh simple mind, open your eyes and realized the hate you create brings down the strength and essence of a what a man is designed to be. Oh simple mind, the strength within is to stop hating your own self, for your attempt to kill that within yourself keeps showing up time and time again. Oh how simple mind, the aggression is toward your own self….For the universe pitty you, for how many life times will it take for you to love the mother who has cared for you time and time again. Oh simple man, you continued to fail your own people.

  • Reply kaloyan rebour September 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    That is all caused by the drug cartels

  • Reply Daphne Rodriguez October 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm


  • Reply Sara R October 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I hate suffering on conscious creatures but those parents choose to reproduce and bringing life into an already desparate situation, they have minimal means to survive and still choose to have children. Its extremely selfish for humans to keep doing this generation after generation. The whole planet would be a better place if most people stop thinking its ok to have children no matter what their situation is.

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  • Reply Michael Candelaria December 8, 2017 at 9:34 am

    People fighting and divided but what matters isn't the differences it is the intrinsic worth that humans have! We need to help humans, we are humans. We need to help these woman and other people in need across the world. This is so sad my heart is broken.

  • Reply hundred cs December 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm


  • Reply Lou Cypher December 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    What kind of monster would do this to a child? I hope the worst thing happens to these soulless, motherless bastards.

  • Reply SocialdDem December 29, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I wonder if banning the word “bossy” could be of any help.

  • Reply K Mcleod January 14, 2018 at 12:27 am

    And you still tell me to be pro life?? NO. Women must reduce the number of boys they are having. 503 gave this thumbs down. Likely males who dont want the bad press.Note the male gov't is not helping.

  • Reply K Mcleod January 14, 2018 at 12:32 am

    3000 between 2012 and 2013! In a state, no the country

  • Reply alee dominguez January 16, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Stuff like this has always been happening in Juarez. And it's sad.

  • Reply Angel Wood January 22, 2018 at 4:04 am

    The men who did this will pay. The police and politicians who denied justice, will have to answer to the most high. Do not hold anger in your heart for God will repay justice in full. These beautiful Angels were taken up to heaven. They will spend enternity will Father. Lord forgive us for our anger at our brother. Keep our daughters safe.

  • Reply Kathy Venne January 31, 2018 at 8:03 am

    My God I can't stop crying 🙁
    They are monsters 🙁

  • Reply Sergio Sausedo March 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    That are the products being produced in Mexico so we could stop buying them?

  • Reply Valery Flores March 10, 2018 at 5:13 am

    I went to cuidad juarez and I saw so many pink crosses and those crosses are for those women and they used to work in a factory and they have personal work buses for them and they got abused and got killed

    I also saw the X of juarez and went to the cadtredal which is a church and I went to the center which the church is located

  • Reply BlackSpider4 UNIVERSE peace. March 11, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Without females …. The world will end faster .

  • Reply Matt So April 27, 2018 at 1:05 am

    yo he visto este video varias veces. sra. mil respetos Para ustd. espero que encuentre tranquilidad, en aceptar su situacion. Que trajedia, ha pasado Dios esta con usted, busque consejeria Señora perder in hijo es algo duro, per dìos es take con usted. no me imagino su dolor.. tambien la historia de Esmeralda, ya me la savia señor mis respetos. ustedes no pidieron k les pasaran estate cosas tan feas. Sean fuertes, y sobre todo arimense a Dìos 🙂

  • Reply An Ka May 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    These people deserve better lives…. And Mexico is such a beautiful country. I cannot believe how bad is out there. Only legalising drugs could make a difference.

  • Reply Semiramis Bonaparte May 11, 2018 at 7:11 am

    It's not fair to attack our country and unfairly try to paint this as our responsibility

  • Reply nicole cruz May 30, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Mexico gets criminals from United States to

  • Reply Maria Maral June 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    This is the result of an extremely Pornified culture ! We are nothing but targets and meat with holes to those men, they wanna see us dress up and make up only to undress and destroy us again and again one by one !

  • Reply Z¡a Qu33n June 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    7:45 That's not a church in Mexico that's the Santuadio here in Santa fe NEW Mexico

  • Reply Elizabeth Landa June 19, 2018 at 6:09 am

    This brings tears to my eyes😪 Mexico is sooo BEAUTIFUL and yet so dangerous. It’s so horrible how cases like this have been occurring over time and it still happens to this day. May god bless these beautiful women🇲🇽🇲🇽

  • Reply wierdo girl July 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Ugh noo im scared now,Im in El Paso TX right now and the border to MX IS RIGHT THEREEE😑

  • Reply Martin Tovar July 7, 2018 at 7:20 am

    the sad thing is that today July 2018 women and young girls still go missing, and also a new trend has appeared, today children and young men are targets for the murderers… for all of those that thought that last time was out of control, today is at least twenty times worse.

  • Reply Snooty Fox July 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    This lady is blaming a free trade agreement deal between nations instead of murderous animals. My goodness. Get real. The Mexican government is corrupt and it's obvious some men here are evil.

  • Reply Angel Franco July 17, 2018 at 5:57 am


  • Reply jess lopez August 5, 2018 at 6:47 am

    that’s sad 😞

  • Reply THE FLOORING GUY BOISE August 12, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Ese es un problema de México! De nuestra gente podrida y corrupta!


    Eso está en la sangre de nosotros los mexicanos! La muerte es nuestra tradición desde hace años! En nuestros narco corridos!

    Que créanme afectan mucho a nuestra sociedad! Por nuestra mala educación! Y no todo tiene la culpa el gobierno!

    Somos nosotros como pueblo!

    Somos los padres que tenemos hijos delincuentes y no los denunciamos!

  • Reply shopaholicpals August 28, 2018 at 5:49 am

    This is heart wrenching.

  • Reply priti September 1, 2018 at 2:10 am

    my heart just broke seeing that poor mother crying for her daughter Ana 🙁

  • Reply june lee October 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    This is so emotional. Pray for all woms in mexico. Pray.

  • Reply Danielalovestink100 October 31, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Lord Jesus What a Painnnnnnnnn in my soul

  • Reply ANGELA P November 24, 2018 at 10:17 am


  • Reply The Butter December 18, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I live in the neighboring city of El Paso and I go here every weekend. I lived there for three years until the violence started. My mom was getting threatened by drug dealers for money as she and her whole family are store owners. We moved to El Paso and have lived here ever since. A little after that was over this started happening. There are many black crosses with pink backgrounds painted on streetlamps and things of the sort.

  • Reply Ely Powell December 26, 2018 at 3:55 am

    This is the most horrible thing I have ever seen!

  • Reply Joseph Booth January 17, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Trump is the only politicians speaking out you all need to support Trump this is what he is going after and he is going to stop what is going on in Mexico with the poor women and when you relise that you were being played by the liberals and the media in the United States you will be crying that you did not support President Donald Trump today he just took down the largest sex ring in the United States that would enslave women from Thailand he has been doing this across the world and when you find out the liberals in Washington and the media figures are involved. Mark my word before Trump leaves office you will be safe in Juarez. By the way I'm so sorry for you and I will pray very hard for you all, God bless.

  • Reply Ian Dog February 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

    This is so sad, i hope one day the perpertrators are caught by the community and burned alive or stoned to death or something like that. Mexicans are extremely violent

  • Reply Yvette quintana February 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Sorry but they are from another country and it's not ok for them to come to the USA by the millions, and their way of life is different, so don't try to make it sound like it's ok

  • Reply Yvette quintana February 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    They murder

  • Reply Manuel Aguilar March 6, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Ni Una Mas 💕✊🏽

  • Reply n. p. March 31, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Hey great. A "where to get away with murder " segment.

  • Reply MYDOGATEMEOUT April 20, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Just to let y’all know I have been to Mexico 2 times and been there for about 2 months trust me there is more good then bad I’m Mexico

  • Reply M May 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    My heart breaks for this woman

  • Reply Xiya L. July 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Ugh this is so so sad.

  • Reply clint lonefight July 6, 2019 at 4:48 am

    IAM trying sopcer my mom left money me south cali

  • Reply P Hern July 11, 2019 at 4:42 am

    The American government should just go in an execute the cartels to reset the order

  • Reply ebrahim M-512 July 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    innocent people go to paradise but the criminals no , the innocent people they will take their own revenge in judgment day after life I swear in the name of the great Lord of universe{Allah} glory and honor to him.

  • Reply Maya Guro July 26, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I knew it. Buzfeed somehow blame US for this.

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