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After Longstanding Activist Demands, Gender Violence Alert To Be Activated In Sonora

The Violence Against Women Alert is a federal tool that enables emergency action to address serious gender-based violence in communities across the country. In Sonora, it will be activated in six municipalities, including Hermosillo and the border cities of Nogales and San Luis Rio Colorado, according to Human Rights, Population and Migration Subsecretary Alejandro Encinas, who made the announcement Friday.

“But the alert declaration isn’t enough,” he said, adding that following through and complying with the tool’s provisions are essential to prevent violence against women, and hold those responsible accountable when it occurs.

The move was welcomed by outgoing Sonoran Gov. Claudia Pavlovich, according to a state release.

Extreme violence against women has been worsening recently, with a combined 73 victims of femicide and murder registered in the state through June, the highest combined figure for that period since at least 2015, according to federal crime data.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.