Sep 21, 2012

Survivors of Mexico's drug violence tell US government 'We need a new approach'

Christian Science Monitor. Sept. 21. More than 100 victims of the drug war went to Washington as part of Mexico's Caravan for Peace to demand justice for their families. The group is pressing both governments to rethink a policy that has cost so many lives.

By Lisa Haugaard. One hundred and ten victims of violence from Mexico and human rights activists traveled thousands of miles, caravanning in 2 buses to visit 25 cities across the United States to urge communities from Los Angeles to New York, Tucson to Montgomery to help them stop the ... violence that is afflicting their families and their country. The Latin America Working Group was proud to join with Global Exchange and other partners to host this historic caravan as they ended their journey on September 12, 2012 in Washington, DC.

They came, in this “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity,” to deliver a message: The United States has a responsibility in the violence that is causing us such immense pain. You must rethink the ways in which your actions or your failure to act are contributing to the sorrow we endure. There are over 60,000 dead and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico since 2006 as [a] result of the violence of the drug war. These are our sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters. There should not be one single victim more. Read more.

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