CONVEYING SYMPATHY OF CONGRESS TO FAMILIES OF YOUNG WOMEN MURDERED IN CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO -- (House of Representatives - May 02, 2006)
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Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Con. Res. 90 and stand in solidarity with the families of 370 women who have been abducted, brutally assaulted, raped and murdered in the Mexican cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua since 1993. These families seek justice for the atrocious acts committed against their daughters--some as young as the age of 13--and I urge President Bush to offer whatever assistance he can to bring these criminals to justice.
Even today, we do not know who many of the perpetrators are. Many of the victims bodies have yet to be identified and returned to their families. Local government and law enforcement agencies in the State of Chihuahua have been ineffective in their investigations and require massive reform. Spurred by public outcry, the Mexican Federal Government launched a special investigation into the local governing bodies, only to uncover countless instances of negligence and abuse of power by over 100 police, prosecutors, and other government officials.
Mr. Speaker, we have an obligation as members of the international community to condemn violence against women and offer humanitarian assistance where we can. The President and the Secretary of State must intervene in this matter. These vicious criminals must be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law as soon as possible. We cannot allow ineffective government officials and bureaucratic defects to prevent justice from being served.
The families of these 370 women deserve closure and we must do all we can to prevent any further tragedies of this nature from reoccurring. As a father, grandfather, and husband, I could not think of any more horrific or painful a tragedy to strike a family.
I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.
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