Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives approved House Resolution 100 (H. Res. 100), a resolution authored by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) to address the unsolved murders of more than 2,000 women and girls in Guatemala since 2001. Very few of these crimes have been investigated and even fewer perpetrators have been brought to justice for their crimes.“I am very pleased that the House of Representatives approved this important resolution. Families of victims continue to seek the truth about the murders of their wives, mothers and daughters and they deserve honest answers. Instead, Guatemalan authorities have investigated almost none of the murders and ignore or even intimidate those who try to seek justice,” Congresswoman Solis said. “H.Res. 100 will bring attention to the growing murder rate of women and girls in Guatemala, and increase the international pressure that is needed to stop the violence against women in that country.”
Dear Speaker Pelosi,
There is a bill, H. Res. 100 supporting the women of Guatemala. The bill was introduced by your fellow Californian Hilda Solis, and has passed committee.
The situation in Guatemala is really bad and getting worse every year. It is vitally important for the United States to increase efforts to encourage a strong response to femicide by the Guatemalan government. We want to encourage you to bring this bill before the full house for approval, so that the people of Guatemala can realize that the United States Government opposes the ongoing violence.
I heard about this issue through RPDG (Guatemalan Network for Peace and Development) and MIA, Mujeres Iniciando en Las Americas.
Again, thank you for supporting the women of Guatemala, and the struggle for human rights all over the world.
Since 2001, almost 3000 women have been murdered in Guatemala. Less than ten percent of these femicides have been investigated, and fewer than 20 murderers - one percent - have been prosecuted. About one-third of these killings were a consequence of domestic violence.
Statistics indicate that most of the girls and women killed are between 13 and 36. Most of the murders are characterized by extreme brutality, their bodies bearing many injuries from being tortured and raped before being killed.
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Title: Expressing the sympathy of House of Representatives to the families of women and girls murdered in Guatemala and encouraging the Government of Guatemala to bring an end to these crimes.
Sponsor: Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] (introduced 1/24/2007) Cosponsors (84)
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions.
Status: Committee Agreed to Seek Consideration Under Suspension of the Rules, by Voice Vote.