El Paso reporter risks life to cover Juarez murders

News & Politics

Hundreds of young women have been raped and murdered in Juarez, Mexico in a crime spree that spans over a decade. Many suspicious deaths have scarcely been investigated because the authorities fail to preserve crime scenes, collect evidence, or interview witnesses.

Diana Washington Valdez has been covering the Juarez murders for the El Paso Times since 1999. She believes that the only hope for justice is to appoint an international tribunal to investigate high ranking Mexican officials who have been complicit in the killings and coverups for years.

An English language version of Washington Valdez's book, The Harvest of the Women, is due out next month.

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