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Border violence talk aims to educate NMSU community

The Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University and the Department of Languages and Linguistics are holding a forum to address the ongoing violence happening along the U.S./Mexico border.

"Crossing the Line: Border Violence, Citizen Outrage and Community Solutions" will take place in Hardman Hall from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.

"Ultimately, we intend for the forum to produce productive dialogues across the border and between communities that have been shattered by this violence," a flier for the event stated.

In 2010 alone, more than 800 people have been murdered. Kidnapping and extortion has increased significantly as well. The forum will bring together colleagues from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juárez activists and Juárez citizens to educate the NMSU community about their work, advocacy and experiences living in the violence.

Guest speakers include Paula Flores of the Fundación Maria Sagrario, UACJ professors Hector Padilla, Hugo Almada, Myrna Limas and Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, who is also a human rights attorney.

The event is sponsored by the NMSU criminal justice and languages and linguistics departments, the CAMP program and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.

For more information on the forum or on the departments' efforts to raise awareness in the NMSU community, contact Cynthia Bejarano at (575) 646-3316 or Jeff Longwell at (575) 646-2726.