Sylvanna M. Falcón



Rape as a Weapon of War: Advancing Human Rights for Women at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Falcón examines the gendered effects of militarization on women at the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly in the form of “militarized border rape” and sexual assault. For Falcón, militarization ideology is embedded with issues of hyper-masculinity, patriarchy, and threats to national security. She maintains that violence against women has escalated to the serial, multiple, and mass murders of Mexican women (e.g., in the border city of Ciudad Juárez).

rape, human rights, human rights, immigrants — women, Mexican-American border region, rape, United States — Immigration and Naturalization Service, United States — military policy — drug control policy

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 2 (2001): 31-50