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Over the last 25 years, thousands of women have been viciously murdered or disappeared along the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The investigation into these crimes has revealed a systemic web of corruption, drug violence, sex trafficking, and unchecked globalization that authorities have tried desperately to hide. Hosted by famed investigative journalist Lydia Cacho and produced by a Mexico-based creative team, The Red Note examines the story of the Juarez femicides through the voices of investigators who tried to solve the mystery of these crimes, and the families of the victims, whose lives have been reshaped by tragedy.

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Over the last 25 years, thousands of women have been viciously murdered or disappeared along the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The investigation into these crimes has revealed a systemic web of corruption, drug violence, sex trafficking, and unchecked globalization that authorities have tried desperately to hide. Hosted by famed investigative journalist Lydia Cacho and produced by a Mexico-based creative team, The Red Note examines the story of the Juarez femicides through the voices of investigators who tried to solve the mystery of these crimes, and the families of the victims, whose lives have been reshaped by tragedy.

    The Pain That Cannot Forget | Chapter 10

    The Pain That Cannot Forget | Chapter 10

    25 years after the first serial murder in Juarez, local authorities have failed to bring their perpetrators of these crimes to justice. As the city emerges from years of unprecedented violence, the story of the femicides begins to recede from national and international headlines. But in Juarez, activists and the victims’ families continue undaunted in their quest for justice, even as they struggle with the grief of losing their daughters, wives, and mothers.
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    The Imaginary War | Chapter 9

    The Imaginary War | Chapter 9

    “Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel tries to seize control of drug trafficking in Juarez, plunging the city into years of crime and bloodshed. Mexican President Felipe Calderon sends federal troops in the hopes of ending the conflict; but by 2010, Juarez has become the most dangerous city in the world. The war leaves a permanent scar on the city, and in the hearts of local residents caught up in the violence.
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    Ni Una Menos, Ni Una Mas | Chapter 8

    Ni Una Menos, Ni Una Mas | Chapter 8

    Outrage over cotton field murders prompts an international outcry, focusing worldwide attention on the story of the Juarez serial murders. Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, and other celebrities travel to Juarez to protest the killings alongside local activists and the families of the victims. Writers, artists, and musicians create artworks inspired by their outrage over the crimes. The codification of the term “femicide” into Mexican law helps Norma Andrade and other victims’ mothers file international lawsuits against the Mexican government over their responsibility for the gender violence in Juarez.
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    The Cotton Field Case, Part 2 | Chapter 7

    The Cotton Field Case, Part 2 | Chapter 7

    Forensic examiner Oscar Maynez resigns after Juarez officials order him to plant evidence that would help implicate the two cotton field suspects. The FBI and Mexico’s federal government try to launch their own investigations of the serial murders along the border, but are rebuffed by Juarez officials. After the accused cotton field killers are convicted, doubts persist about their role in the murders, and the identity of the victims.
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    The Cotton Field Case | Chapter 6

    The Cotton Field Case | Chapter 6

    The discovery of eight womens’ bodies at a cotton field in central Juarez sends shockwaves through the city. Forensic examiner Oscar Maynez contends that the cotton field murders prove that an organized criminal network is behind the serial murders. Just days after the eight bodies are discovered, authorities arrest two bus drivers and charge them with the killings. When questions emerge about the drivers’ guilt, residents and activists allege that the government is trying to protect the real killers.
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    The Usual Suspects | Chapter 5

    The Usual Suspects | Chapter 5

    A 13-year-old maquiladora worker survives a brutal assault outside Juarez and identifies several bus drivers as her assailants. After local officials allege that the gang of drivers conspired with Sharif to commit the serial murders, Juarez residents begin to question Suly Ponce’s commitment to ending the femicides. Irene Blano tries to speak out after Sharif is convicted of murder, but the powerful forces that control Juarez move quickly to silence her.
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