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Activist, mother of Dutch student murdered in Juarez to speak at NMSU

Arsene van Nierop, Dutch activist whose daughter was brutally murdered in Juarez, will give a talk about her book “Un grito de socorro desde Juarez/A Cry for Help from Juarez” from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 at Nason House, 1070 University Ave. at New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

Since her daughter’s death in 1998, van Nierop became an activist to bring awareness to issues of violence against women. In the process of seeking justice for her daughter, van Nierop drew attention to the deaths of hundreds of women in Juarez and elsewhere in Latin America.

In her daughter’s name, she created the Hester Foundation, which supports Casa Amiga, the rape crisis center in Juarez.

For 15 years, van Nierop fought for justice to find her daughter’s killer. A suspect was arrested and charged with that murder in January of this year.

Van Nierop’s book is published in Spanish. The book is being launched in Mexico City. The NMSU event is her only appearance scheduled in the U.S. before she travels to Juarez to place her daughter Hester’s name at the Cotton Field Monument on May 8.