Social Reintegration of Women Convicts Promoted (El Mexicano, 12/20/12)

Tijuana, BC - In order to promote the social reintegration of former convicts, the 20th City Hall, through the Municipal Institute for Women (Immujer), provided the necessary support to achieve early release of women who are interned at the penitentiary in Tijuana.

The official explained that the Institute carried out the work necessary to cover the bail of 10 inmates who committed the crimes of assault with violence or theft from residences, which from this day may be reunited with their families, as part of the early release program.

Liberated women who are mothers, will be supported by Immujer to search for their relatives and with travel, mentioned Inzunza Medina. Meanwhile, they will be channeled to a civil society organization and tracked until they are reunited with family and start a new life.

The liberated women are Maribel Aguilar Contreras, Ivette López Medrano, Guadalupe Mendoza Sánchez, Claudia González Ruiz, Leticia Milagros Flores García, María Sosa Gallardo, Rosalia Renteria Madrid, María Elena Álvarez, Diana Velázquez Velázquez and Maria de la Luz Garcia Marmolejo.

For his part, the director of the Center for Social Reintegration (Cereso) of Tijuana, Cesar Daniel Ramirez Acevedo, thanked Immujer for having provided important support to the penitentiary which translates into the psychological care for women who had severe anxiety conditions.

Also present at the event were the Coordinator of Institutional Strengthening and Legal Analysis of Immujer, Maria Teresa Valadez Morales; the President of the Patronato Pro Released, Karim Chalita Rodriguez IV; and the Coordinator of the Identify Program for Overcoming and Preventing Depression, Alma Arreola.

Babies Continue to be Born with HIV (El Mexicano, 12/19/12 by Lucia Gomez Sanchez)

TIJUANA, BC - Three new applications for the admission of children with HIV between two and three months of age were received at Eunime por Tijuana A.C. in recent days. Juana Ortiz Quesada, is director of the home which attends to children who suffer from or are children of parents with HIV, regretted that this continues. When protocols are properly applied, babies can have reduced suffering even if the mother has it.

It is very unfortunate at these times, babies are still born with HIV, she said, and that represents a call for attention in the implementation of protocols by the health sector to prevent this from occurring. She acknowledged the mothers of these children are often very poor, addicted women who do not have prenatal care and are therefore not diagnosed. However, authorities must prevent these cases continuing by taking appropriate actions at sites with higher risks, such as the Tijuana River canal, where they come from which can reduce some cases of HIV.

Children may become infected within the placenta or birth canal, therefore it is recommended that the mother with the disease give birth via caesarean section, she recalled. However, she said infection through breast milk is also possible and regarding new cases of children of less than three months, one mother was allowed to take the child and breastfeeding led to her exposure and contagion.

Ortiz Quesada said those at Eunime have growing needs as there are currently 28 children with HIV or who are affected by HIV and two more are in the process of being admitted. She said they fortunately always receive many blessings and have received clothes and toys for all the children who live there for Christmas. She acknowledged the support provided by the Cisae company and 4 X 4 Raptor Club, as well as the employees of a company who donated toys for children to open on Christmas.

They also need donations in-kind for their Christmas dinner because unlike other years when people had already communicated intentions to make offerings, nobody has done so yet. Juana Ortiz commented that they need perishable and non-perishable food items for a Christmas dinner for 50 people, because it includes staff and volunteers, as well as family members who share dinner with their children. She mentioned they planned to make baked chicken, but it is not assured yet because it is still necessary to obtain the 30 birds required to feed them all. She thanked the community for their support with food and cleaning supplies. Others may communicate offers by calling them at 636 8415.


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