President Obama will be visiting Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto this week.
While they will be discussing various topics ranging from economic growth and citizen security, we are reminded of the lack of security the people of Mexico are feeling stemming from drug war violence and continued repression happening under Peña Nieto's watch.
That fear and repression of the people did not stop the victims of the drug war from coming to the United States late last year to tell their stories of loss and call for an end to violence for the Voices of Victims tour.
One victim in particular, Araceli Rodriguez traveled throughout the Southwestern part of the United States to share the story about the loss of her son and shed light on the acute danger that women face in Mexico.
Within the war on drugs, women have too often been the invisible victims. Although they make up a smaller percentage of the homicide victims, they are the majority of those who seek justice for the murdered and the disappeared, at times risking their own lives. Araceli has been granted protective measures due to threats against her life and her efforts to find out the truth about how her son was murdered on official duty have led her to face members of organized crime and government alike.
Visit Global Exchange's People-to-People blog to find a brief chronicle of the women’s part of the Voices of Victims tour.
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