Barbara Martinez Jitner to present lecture, film and Q & A Oct. 18

Tue, 09/25/2007 (All day)

MOBILE – Spring Hill College and the Quest for Social Justice will co-sponsor a lecture, film and Q & A with Barbara Martinez Jitner from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

The event is a moving and personal look at the crippling poverty and gender discrimination that forces thousands of women to flee the slave-like conditions in the NAFTA factories and enter the U.S. illegally. Barbara Martinez Jitner immersed herself in this world by living in Tijuana in one of the shantytowns that have sprung up around the factories. She lived in a cardboard shack with Eva Conseco, a maquila worker from Oaxaca, and her family. She discovered that most maquila workers eke out a meager existence of approximately $5 a day, and live in constant fear with no way out. Many of these women, generally between the ages of 16 and 24, have been kidnapped, raped and murdered. 

Martinez Jitner produced a documentary on her experience called “La Frontera.” The film “Bordertown,” staring Jennifer Lopez & Antonio Banderas, scheduled for release October 2007, is based on her story.

For more information, call the Quest for Social Justice at (251) 643-7734 or e-mail Visit for details.