Case 230

Rubí Frayre & Marisela Escobedo

*** Content Warning: child victim, domestic violence, gun violence ***

When 16-year-old Rubí Frayre went missing from the Mexican city of Juarez, police showed little interest. Exasperated, Rubí’s mother, Marisela Escobedo, took it upon herself to uncover the truth about her daughter’s fate. 

For the next two years, Marisela’s unrelenting quest for justice exposed an incompetent judiciary, the power of the cartels, and government complicity… all culminating in further tragedy for Marisela and her family.



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Recommendation 44/2013 – National Commission for Human Rights Mexico

Summary of CNDH Recommendations – Women’s Human Rights Center

IACHR Condemns Murder of Human Rights defender in Mexico Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo brought to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – The Centre for Women’s Human Rights



Multiple news articles regarding Marisela Escobedo – Proceso 

Murderous indolence – Proceso 

They arrest an alleged femicide – El Agora

The Rubí case of Chihuahua – El Universal

Anomalies in Ruby Frayre case documented – Proceso

Dilemmas of the new penal system – Mi Abogado En Línea

Family’s triple tragedy highlights Mexico impunity – The San Diego Union Tribune

It took 20 seconds to silence 27 months of struggle – El Diario (archived)

Let them kill me, but here – El Pais

El Wicked confesses to killing Marisela – Borderland Beat

El Wicked killer of activist dead – Borderland Beat

Case history: Marisela Escobedo Ortiz – Front Line Defenders

Marisela Escobedo this one is for you – Borderland Beat

The 31 Mexicos of Marisela Escobedo – Este Pais

The denounce homicide of a witness in the trial against the alleged murderer of Rubí Frayre – La Jornada

Soldiers killed Rubí’s killer – Noticiero Televisa

They apply a double DNA test to the body of the murderer of Rubí Frayre – Aristegui Noticias

Cases of murders of Marisela Escobedo and her daughter close – Animal Politico

Orphaned in Mexico, girl remains trapped in ICE limbo – Chron

Family of slain Mexican activist flees to US – KVIA ABC7

Activist gets asylum after public murtder of his mother – Express News

US grants political asylum to the son of political activist Marisela Escobedo – Borderland Beat

The mysterious death of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz – Borderland Beat 

Wicked didn’t kill my mother it was Andy – Borderland Beat / Proceso

The three deaths of Marisela Escobedo – Global Amercians

The IACHR processes the case of activist Marisela Escobedo, murdered in 2010 – La Jornada

10 years since the murder of Marisela Escobedo: the reasons for telling her story – Washington Post 

Timeline: events in Mexico’s drug war Ciudad Juarez – Reuters

Zetas – Insight Crime



CCTV footage of Marisela’s murder – Groupo Reforma, YouTube

Account of the fight of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz – Grillonautas2 

The three deaths of Marisela Escobedo – Netflix

Footage of Marisela’s funeral – Metatube



Criminal justice, due process and the rule of law in Mexico – Rodriguez, Mexican Law Review, Vol XI, No. 2

Rubí Frayre – Carlos Quintana Roldán

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