Building Communities

Losing a loved one changes our lives in more than a thousand ways. Having the strength and courage to overcome this hardship is not an easy task, even more so when the life of the person we love is ripped out for no reason or reason. Norma Andrade is one of many mothers who have gone through a situation as distressing and terrible as the disappearance of one of their daughters.

It was in February 2001, where Lilia Alejandra García Andrade failed to return to her home after leaving work from a factory in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. After seven days of searching, her body was found dead in a vacant lot. For five days she was tortured, sexually assaulted and killed by strangulation. Her story continues to to be heard 17 years later, with her murderer still at large. She is just one more among the 1,777 women who have been killed since 1993.

Norma Andrade (mother of Lilia Alejandra) along with Marisela Ortiz (teacher of Lilia Alejandra) and other relatives of murdered and disappeared young people joined forces to create the organization named ‘Our Daughters of Homecoming’ which arose as a result of impunity and lack of justice on the part of the Mexican government to resolve these cases.

‘Our Daughters of Homecoming’ has been leading the charge of seeking justice in different ways, and, over 17 years, they have managed to bring these cases of the deaths in Juarez to national and international levels in order to spread awareness of these atrocities. The situation has even been taken to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where the international community has been asked to intervene to stop the disappearances and killings of women.

Similarly, this association has allied with various institutions, foundations and personalities of all kinds to help both victims and their families for their recovery as well as the hard work of raising awareness about the issue and the urgency that exists in Mexico to clarify and put an end to all this.


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