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karen alejandra salinas rodríguez mother Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers.

A recent story from the New York Times has detailed the gumshoe work of a one-woman investigation league. Over several years, Miriam Rodríguez, a fearless mother from San Fernando, Tamaulipas used disguises, handguns, and fake IDS to track down the names and locations of the people who kidnapped her daughter Karen Alejandra Salinas Rodriguez in 2012. 

In 2012, Miriam’s 20- year-old daughter Karen Alejandra Salinas Rodríguez disappeared.

On Jan. 23, Karen had been working alongside her mother at their family business in San Fernando, an area forced to endure growing pressures related to gang violence and kidnappings. On that fateful day in January, Karen had been preparing to merge into traffic when two trucks pulled up on either side of her car and stopped her. Armed men broke into her pickup truck and drove off with her in it.

Weeks after Karen’s abduction Miriam’s family took out a loan from a bank and followed the kidnappers’ every instruction. For months, Karens’ kidnappers strung her family along, demanding thousands of dollars and promising their daughter’s return.

According to the New York Times, “One morning, a few weeks after the last payment, she came downstairs and told [her daughter] Azalea that she knew Karen was never coming back, that she was most likely dead. She said it matter-of-factly, as though describing her sleep… She told her daughter that she would not rest until she found the people who had taken Karen. She would hunt them down, one by one, until the day she died. Azalea watched as her mother’s sadness hardened into resolve and her hope gave way to revenge.”

According to The New York Times, since 2014 Miriam worked vigorously to track down the people responsible for kidnapping and murdering her 20-year-old daughter, karen alejandra salinas rodríguez.

“She cut her hair, dyed it and disguised herself as a pollster, a health worker and an election official to get their names and addresses,” writes NYT. “She invented excuses to meet their families, unsuspecting grandmothers and cousins who gave her details, however small. She wrote everything down and stuffed it into her black computer bag, building her investigation and tracking them down, one by one.”

In a matter of three years, Miriam had managed to hunt down and capture every living member of the crew that had abducted her daughter as part of a ransom scheme. Those who she managed to track down were sent to prison, not because of authorities, but because of her own pursuits.

In total Miriam tracked down 10 people in her campaign for justice for her daughter.

According to NYT her daughter’s assailants had attempted to escape their crimes over the years by starting anew. One became a born-again Christian, another a taxi driver, one became a car salesman, and one even a babysitter. Her efforts “made her famous, but vulnerable. No one challenged organized crime, never mind put its members in prison,” NYT reports. “In all, Miriam was instrumental in taking down 10 people, in a mad campaign for justice that made her famous, but vulnerable. No one challenged organized crime, never mind put its members in prison. She asked the government for armed guards, fearing the cartel had finally had enough.”

Sadly, Miriam’s efforts eventually caught up with her on Mother’s Day, 2017, when weeks after she had chased down one of her last targets, she was shot and murdered in front of her own home.

Miriam’s husband found her face down on the street. Still, to this day and to so many in the northern city of San Fernando, Miriam’s story represents so many of the problems in Mexico. As New York Times notes, “The country is so torn apart by violence and impunity that a grieving mother had to solve the disappearance of her daughter largely on her own, and died violently because of it.”

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

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Over the last few years, Mexico has been updated its currency to make it more secure from counterfeiters and to highlight the country’s diverse history. One of the country’s newest bills is a $100 peso note featuring a 17th-Century female historical figure and it’s winning major international awards for its design and history.

Mexico’s $100-peso bill has been named banknote of the year for 2020 by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). As printer and issuer of the note, the Bank of México beat 24 other nominees to the award, and the Sor Juana bill led the way from the start of the voting process.

The note features national heroine Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve on its reverse.

In its announcement the IBNS wrote: “Mexico’s award-winning entry may provide a template as other countries reconsider how they design and promote new banknotes.  The successful design in eye-pleasing red combines Hispanic architecture, a famous female Hispanic literary figure and a tribute to the world’s fragile ecosystem.”

Past bank note of the year recipients include Aruba, Canada, Uganda, the Faroe Islands, two time winner Switzerland and three time winner Kazakhstan, among others.

So who was Sor Juana and why was she important to Mexico?

Born in 1651, Sor Juana was a self-educated nun and intellectual renowned for her poetry, writing and political activism, who criticized the misogyny of colonial Mexico.

Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. Sor Juana educated herself in her own library, which was mostly inherited from her grandfather. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion.

Mexico was up against 24 other countries in the nomination process.

In second place was Kate Cranston who appears on the Bank of Scotland’s 20 pound note. The businesswoman appears on the obverse and she is recognized for being the owner of the famous tea rooms inaugurated in 1903 and that today are a tourist attraction.

In third place there was a triple tie between the 20 pound note of the Ulster Bank of Northern Ireland whose design features flora and buskers. The one from the Bahamas of 5 dollars with the image of the junkanoo dancer, and the one of 50 dollars from Fiji.

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

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Residents of one Mexican city have taken to the streets to demand justice for a local stray dog who was brutally killed in an axe attack last month. Video of the incident was uploaded to social media and quickly went viral, leading to large protests in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis.

Hundreds marched in Los Mochis to seek justice for a dog killed by man with an axe.

Hundreds took to the streets in Los Mochis, Sinaloa to demand justice for Rodolfo, a mixed breed dog killed with an axe on March 21. They showed banners that read “Justice for Rodolfo & for all who have no voice,” “We won’t stop until we have justice,” and “Justice for Rodolfo,” among others.

Despite the COVID-19 regulations, the participants in this new march, children, women and men, calmly marched through the center of the city of Los Mochis to make it clear that they are against animal cruelty and demanded justice for Rodolfo, who was a local stray dog. The demonstration gained traction after a video of the attack on Rodolfo, also known by Heart, Pirate and Shorty, was uploaded onto social media.

The predominantly young crowd marched to the state prosecutor’s office where environmental activist Arturo Islas Allende delivered a criminal complaint. Many brought their pets to the march and carried placards demanding the killer be sentenced to prison. One placard read: “Justice for Rodolfo and for all those that don’t have a voice.”

The suspected attacker, José “M,” a student at a Sinaloa university, has already delivered a preparatory statement to officials. Islas Allende questioned the morality of the killer. “We don’t want a psychopath like him as our neighbor,” he said.

The suspect’s girlfriend claimed that he killed the dog to protect her.

The girlfriend of the alleged attacker took to social media in his defense, saying the dog had attacked her days earlier and injured her face and hands.

On her Facebook account she claimed that medical treatments for her injuries had cost 8,000 pesos (US $400) and uploaded photographs of the injuries caused by the dog’s bites.

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