25 Road Accidents per day in Tijuana (Uniradio Informa, 1/20/13)

TIJUANA, BC - In Tijuana, 20 to 25 car accidents are recorded daily. A few are of a serious scope, such as rollovers or leaving the road, which is why the Mexican Red Cross is constantly needing updating in order to provide the best service, reported Fernando Esquer, Coordinator of Lifesaving at the Cruz Roja Tijuana. "Some are very minor injuries and others are irreversible such as deaths", he said.

Christian Felix, is a paramedic with Cruz Roja Tijuana who recounted an accident on the vía rápida West, this weekend, when two women aged 30 and 64 years old in a Grand Cherokee were impacted by another car which caused them to overturn leaving them on the verge of falling into the sewer system.

He stressed that the injuries that presented were reduced, but always in any case he recommended citizens wear a safety belt. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/tijuana/articulo169828.html

Crime Victims in BC do not have Specialists’ Attention (Uniradio Informa, 1/22/13)

TIJUANA, BC -Mexico now has a law for the protection of victims of crime, but the judicial system is still focused on how it has been for the last 200 years, prosecuting offenders. Someone who suffers a home theft, the most common crime in Baja California, can hardly recover stolen items due to bureaucratic red tape, José Alfonso Sánchez Acero, Commander Ministerial Police Attorney General of Justice of the State (PGJE) said, so they have trained agents at his Office for victims.

"As part of the work of the Public Prosecutor's Office, they have asked for a way to recover goods. Provide an invoice or have two witnesses prove ownership with credentials that you sign, a proof of address, etc.; these are all part of a process we have to go through", he said.

José Luis Pérez Canchola, first Procurator of Human Rights in Baja California said that they have just begun operations at the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the PGJE already has agencies to assist victims. "The work, I would say has many limitations beyond the laws of disposition and sometimes officials do not have an adequate profile of what is needed and are saturated. Public Ministry agencies receive more cases then they can serve; a million and a half preliminary investigations in the country", he said.

Alberto Sandoval of Civil Alliance, acknowledged that legislatively there has been progress, because in reality there is widespread fear of becoming a victim of crime. "When the security of your house has been violated you don't feel safe again, or when you are in a pedestrian or motor vehicle accident you have to work a lot at obtaining compensation. So when you go to the authorities, they make you feel as a double victim and another form of being a victim happens when you don’t know how to translate the legal documents", he said.

Migrants, in particular from Central and South American are among the most victimized, said Tonatiuh Guillen, Colef President. "Is not possible that we have trains coming from the Southern part of the country full of people as if they were sacks. It is unacceptable. It is an expression of an irregular situation; it is the non-recognition of the migratory flow", he stressed. And the prevailing interests of people are impeding needed changes. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo170000.html

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