The Violence After The Signing Of Nafta Essay

949 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
In 1992, United States President George H.W. Bush, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. What many are not familiar with is how Texas border cities with Mexico, particularly the borderland of El Paso, TX, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, saw a significant increase in gender violence after the signing of NAFTA. Since the early 1990’s to the early 2000’s, Ciudad Juárez became the central stage for the most gruesome femicides in the world. As Ginger Thompson reports, what is the most astonishing of these cases is that almost all of them remain unsolved up to this day (A1). Most of the women killed shared similar backgrounds. They were poor and young, immigrants from inner Mexican small towns that came to the border with the aspirations to better themselves through the promises of the maquiladora system job market (Dillon A3). One day, as their families waited for them to return home, they simply disappeared. A few weeks later, those same family members were called into the Juárez morgue, where they were shown a black plastic bag with skeletal remains and asked to identify and corroborate if it was in fact their missing daughter, sister, cousin.
In the book Gender Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Media Representation and Public Response, editors Hector Domínguez-Ruvalcaba and Ignacio Corona mention how:
These crimes are the undesirable result of a machista culture…

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