A protest was held in Albuquerque, NM, on Sept. 18, demanding police intensify their search for a culprit in a mass grave discovered at West Mesa on the outskirts of the city last year. The protest, called by the group Justice of the West Mesa Women, was held outside the city police headquarters, with marchers carrying crosses draped in women’s clothing. In February 2009, authorities in West Mesa found the bodies of 11 women, including one who had been pregnant, in a mass grave. At least 10 other women in the West Mesa area have been reported missing, and authorities fear that there are more missing persons that may have gone unreported. Most of the women went missing between 2001 and 2005. The case has drawn parallels to the Ciudad Juárez femicide. (The Scribe, University of Colorado, Sept. 20; KOB-TV, Albuquerque, Sept. 18)
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