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NMSU speakers to discuss challenges of Ciudad Juarez

The deaths have dropped from thousands to hundreds per year in Ciudad Juarez, known for years as the murder capital of the world. El Paso?s sister city is struggling to make a comeback, but it isn?t easy.

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present a talk about the current challenges facing Ciudad Juarez ? once the most violent city in the world. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

In their talk, ?Ciudad Juarez After the War: Present-Day Challenges,? Lourdes Cardenas and Rocio Gallegos will discuss the current state of Ciudad Juarez. In the last few years, the number of homicides has decreased from 3,000-plus to 556 in 2013, but still remains at about 20-40 each month.

Cardenas is an assistant professor in NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences and Gallegos is editor-in-chief of El Diario de Juarez.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anja Hansen at anjah@nmsu.edu.