Presentation Title

The Rise in Cases of Femicide: A Sub-national a Case Study on Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez

Presenter Information

Cheily ArreolaFollow

Advisor Information

Brett Kyle

Location

MBSC Omaha Room 304 - G

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-3-2022 10:45 AM

End Date

4-3-2022 12:00 PM

Abstract

The murder of women is not a new phenomenon in Latin America. In Mexico, 2019 marked the most murderous year in the country’s history. Femicide (feminicidio) is the intentional killing of women. For over a decade, drug-related violence and deaths have increased in many Mexican cities. With the establishment of President Felipe Calderon’s militarization of the drug war in 2006, Mexico saw an increase in violence, including an increase in gender-based killings.

In recent years, across Mexico, there has been a subsequent rise in violence among cartels, criminal groups, and the government. This article examines two cities on the United States-Mexico border, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, to investigate and explain femicide in different locations in Mexico and local responses to the crisis. Comparing and contrasting the political parties in power in the area, the types of criminal groups involved, and the policies or lack thereof explains the rise in cases across both cities. Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez have an extensive history of violence and drug cartels operating in the area, making the context of the War on Drugs particularly important in identifying the factors driving violence against women in these cities.

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Mar 4th, 10:45 AM Mar 4th, 12:00 PM

The Rise in Cases of Femicide: A Sub-national a Case Study on Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez

MBSC Omaha Room 304 - G

The murder of women is not a new phenomenon in Latin America. In Mexico, 2019 marked the most murderous year in the country’s history. Femicide (feminicidio) is the intentional killing of women. For over a decade, drug-related violence and deaths have increased in many Mexican cities. With the establishment of President Felipe Calderon’s militarization of the drug war in 2006, Mexico saw an increase in violence, including an increase in gender-based killings.

In recent years, across Mexico, there has been a subsequent rise in violence among cartels, criminal groups, and the government. This article examines two cities on the United States-Mexico border, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, to investigate and explain femicide in different locations in Mexico and local responses to the crisis. Comparing and contrasting the political parties in power in the area, the types of criminal groups involved, and the policies or lack thereof explains the rise in cases across both cities. Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez have an extensive history of violence and drug cartels operating in the area, making the context of the War on Drugs particularly important in identifying the factors driving violence against women in these cities.