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    VAWA 10 Days of Action

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    Join us in Washington DC as we Rally to SAVE THE REAL VAWA.
    When: June 26th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Where: U.S. Capitol at 1st Street and Constitution Avenue.
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    The latest information from the National Institute of Justice on Human Trafficking

    This person looked like they could have been an attractive person before they ended up like this...

    NIJ has released two new studies on human traffickingIdentifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Case and National Overview of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts.
    Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Cases
    Most cases of trafficking start with a tip to law enforcement, but the tip usually does not come from the victim. Most cases go forward to prosecution, but most are not charged as trafficking cases per se. They are prosecuted under older laws, such as those against promoting prostitution.
    Learn more from:

    National Overview of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts
    "Demand reduction" strategies focus on actions designed to reduce sex buying. Through demand reduction strategies, state and local jurisdictions find ways to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking. Researchers in a study released in June 2012 found that American localities used various strategies that focused on sex buyers, colloquially known as "johns."
    Learn more from:

    View NIJ Topics A-Z.
    How does NIJ impact your work?
    We want to hear how NIJ affects your work. Send us your thoughts (

    Thank you.

    Kimberly says:
    "YIKES!!!!! I HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOPIC!!! - another Born To Be Miserable" type of thing."   Read on...

    Dear Mr. Mockensturn with NIJ,

    In Columbus. Ohio a shelter which is supposed to be 'transitional housing' to lead to apartments for women is unusually marked. There are sheets above the beds there, two beds per room, and two rooms per 'pod' which have a sheet of paper above them with a Letter/number and a three digit number. The staff there, who are not interested in people staying there for prolonged time periods, would not say why this was the case, but there was a hiring freeze there also. The set up is something like this on the same sheet of paper: C6 - 186 (like a row and a drawer number in a morgue, or a grave in a cemetary). There was a woman there who had an ugly numbered 'Nazi' type of tattoo on her neck. The Tattoo was not cute or pretty and was not a picture. The woman claimed to be one of then Governor Kasick's relatives from Ohio and said that she received the tattoo in a genuine concentration camp in Germany. I do not know why they emulated the "set up" in a public women's shelter. The Attorney General's office of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio was informed about this at the time. This could be an interesting thing to take another look at now, Mr. Mockensturn, about 6 months later.


    Kimberly! :)

    The latest new information from DEA about "What's up in Mexico", (just in case anyone wondered)


    Contact: DEA Public Affairs

    (202) 307-7977
    Press Release

    Barrio Azteca Leader Gets Life in Prison

    WASHINGTON – A leader and two soldiers in the Barrio Azteca (BA), a transnational border gang allied with the Juarez Cartel, were sentenced in El Paso, Texas, to life, 30 and 20 years in prison, respectively, announced DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, and other federal officials.
    Hector Galindo, 38, aka “Silent,” of El Paso, currently serving a 25-year Texas state sentence for murder, was sentenced to life prison. Ricardo Gonzales, 44, aka “Cuate,” of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Adam Garcia, 35, aka “Bad Boy,” of El Paso, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Galindo, Gonzales and Garcia were charged in a 12-count third superseding indictment unsealed in March 2011. They were sentenced yesterday in the Western District of Texas. Galindo, Gonzales and Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering (RICO) on Jan. 26, 2012, Jan. 18, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2012, respectively. 
    According to court documents and information presented in court, Galindo was a top Lieutenant in the BA. While incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections, he served as the right hand man to BA Captain Manuel Cardoza. In that role, Galindo maintained communication with other BA Captains and Lieutenants in the United States and Mexico and was specifically in charge of BA operations in Texas. Evidence was presented that Gonzales and Garcia were BA soldiers, whose duties included distributing drugs, picking up money from dealers and enforcement operations within their area of responsibility.
    “This investigation highlights an unfortunate reality: leaders within growing trans-national prison and street gangs like the Barrio Azteca continue to promote violence and manage their drug trafficking activities even after the cell door closes,” said DEA Administrator Leonhart. “However, the successful prosecutions of Galindo, Gonzales and Garcia, and the conviction of other Barrio Azteca members reinforce another reality: that wherever these dangerous organizations operate, DEA and its partners will aggressively follow, investigate and prosecute.”
    “As members of the Barrio Azteca gang, Hector Galindo, Ricardo Gonzales and Adam Garcia participated in a brutal criminal enterprise dedicated to spreading fear and violence on both sides of the border,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “These prison sentences send a strong message that even the most powerful and ruthless gangs cannot evade justice. Our prosecution of the Barrio Azteca gang, including for the U.S. Consulate-related murders in Juarez, Mexico, in 2010, has led to convictions against 24 gang members and leaders. We will continue aggressively to pursue the Barrio Azteca and other gangs so that communities in the United States and Mexico can live free from the violence and destruction of organized crime.”
    “These sentences represent the FBI’s commitment to the aggressive pursuit of criminal enterprises such as the Barrio Aztecas whose presence pose a significant risk to citizens on both sides of the border,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan. “Through the ongoing and joint efforts of the law enforcement community we will continue the fight to bring to justice predators such as Galindo, Gonzales and Garcia.”
    A total of 35 BA members and associates based in the United States and Mexico were charged in the third superseding indictment for allegedly committing various criminal acts, including racketeering, narcotics distribution and importation, retaliation against persons providing information to U.S. law enforcement, extortion, money laundering, obstruction of justice and murder, including the 2010 Juarez consulate murders. Of the 35 defendants charged, 33 have been apprehended, including April Cardoza, who was found in Juarez, Mexico, last week. Twenty-four of those defendants have pleaded guilty, one defendant committed suicide while imprisoned during his trial and six others are pending extradition from Mexico. U.S. and Mexican law enforcement are actively seeking to apprehend the two remaining fugitives in this case, including Luis Mendez and Eduardo Ravelo, an FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive.
    Today’s sentencing by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone of the Western District Court of Texas marks the closure of the case against the U.S.-based defendants charged in the superseding indictment. Twenty-one of 22 U.S.-based defendants have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced, including another BA Lieutenant Roberto Angel Cardona, who was also sentenced to life by Judge Cardone on Feb. 17, 2012. The remaining U.S.-based defendant, Ramon Renteria, aka “Spooky,” took his own life while in prison during his trial. Witnesses testified that Renteria was a BA Captain, the highest rank of the Barrio Azteca, and the only U.S.-based Captain not currently serving a life sentence in prison.
    According to court documents and information presented in court throughout this case, the Barrio Azteca is a violent street and prison gang that began in the late 1980s and expanded into a transnational criminal organization. In the 2000s, the BA formed an alliance in Mexico with “La Linea,” which is part of the Juarez Drug Cartel (also known as the Vincente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Cartel or “VCF”). The purpose of the BA-La Linea alliance was to battle the Chapo Guzman Cartel and its allies for control of the drug trafficking routes
    through Juarez and Chihuahua. The drug routes through Juarez, known as the Juarez Plaza, are important to drug trafficking organizations because they are a principal illicit drug trafficking conduit into the United States.
    According to evidence presented in court, witnesses testified to the brutality of the BA. Inside and outside of prison, the gang thrives on violence – from gang beatings to drive-by shootings to murder – all in order to discipline its own members or fight against rivals. Testimony also indicated that the BA is well-organized and militaristic in structure. Its members, or “soldiers,” are governed by captains, various lieutenants and numerous sergeants in the United States and Mexico.
    Witnesses also testified that the sale of illegal drugs is the life-blood of the BA. Evidence was presented that since 2003 the BA has trafficked hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and heroin. Because of the BA’s alliance with the Juarez Drug Cartel, the gang receives illegal drugs at low cost and profits on its importation, sale and distribution within the United States.
    Witnesses also testified to the Barrio Azteca’s practice of extorting “quota” or taxes on non-BA drug dealers who sold illegal narcotics in El Paso and the greater West Texas and Eastern New Mexico area. Specifically, during today’s hearing, one witness recalled an instance in which Gonzales tried to collect an extortion fee from a New Mexico drug dealer, and when the dealer refused to pay, Gonzalez pulled a gun, put it to dealer’s head, and threatened to kill him.
    When quota is collected by the BA, members and leaders deposit the money into the commissary accounts of incarcerated BA leaders, often using fake names or female associates to send the money by wire transfer. Galindo was one of the ranking members of the BA who would receive laundered funds and disperse it within the Texas State prison system to further the criminal goals of the enterprise.
    Witnesses also testified to the extensive communication web of the BA, including utilizing coded letters, contraband cell phones within state and federal prison facilities, and distribution of membership rosters and hit lists. Witnesses specifically implicated Galindo, then incarcerated in the Coffield Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, as the central leader within the organization who kept track of membership records, hit lists and gang treaties for the BA. To update those lists, members and other leaders would contact Galindo on his contraband prison cell phone to verify the status of persons claiming to be BA members and ensure that they were in good standing with the criminal organization. Those not in good standing were targeted by the BA for assault or murder.
    The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph A. Cooley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, Trial Attorney Brian Skaret of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal of the Western District of Texas - El Paso Division. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico provided significant assistance in this case, including by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Davenport. Valuable assistance was provided by the Criminal Division’s Offices of International Affairs and Enforcement Operations.
    The case was investigated by the FBI’s El Paso Field Office, Albuquerque Field Office (Las Cruces Resident Agency), DEA Juarez and DEA El Paso. Special assistance was provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Diplomatic Security Service; the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; El Paso Police Department; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; El Paso Independent School District Police Department; Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission; New Mexico State Police; Dona Ana County, N.M., Sheriff’s Office; Las Cruces, N.M., Police Department; Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility and Otero County Prison Facility New Mexico. 


    "The Thorn Web" by Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber


    The Thorn Web

    By Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber

    A tangle of grey, white, and black,
    A place to hide and have a grand old time.
    I place that is special and off the beaten track.
    The thorns get sharper as time goes on
     – 'Welcome – ‘it’s your dime’". 

    The Thorn Web grows around the person,
     and the person no longer exists
    Thicker and thicker thorns grind into the skin.
    The person thinks they are special and that
     The Thorn Web is not a trap, but is a fix.
    The Thorn Web starts out as a drink (just one),
     a drug, or a desire to be thin.

    Thorns that grind, thorns that bind,
     Thorns that people wear
    But think they left behind.
    This outfit of doom is worn on the
    Inside and is hidden from others strong and fair.
    The Thorn Web is a place of intentions past and
     Intentions yet to find.

    The Thorn Web is a stall, a stopping place,
     And sometimes an end
    Because untreated addictions and compulsions
     Advance and have a life of their own.
    No good intentions, after a certain point,
     Are there to think about or send.
    Instead of a life well lived, The Thorn Web
     Is an advanced picture of seeds that have been sown.

     Post Script: The Thorn Web was written by me this morning because someone gave my fiance a white t-shirt with a tangled mass of 'thorny' grey, white, and black thorns or branches.  I am a recovering Alcohlic and have been attending A.A. meetings since 1986. 

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