FLOC representa a más de 10.000 trabajadores mexicanos, quienes trabajan fundamentalmente en los estados de Ohio. Michigan y Carolina del Norte, en Estados Unidos
Su muerte está bajo investigación, pero sin arrestos hasta el momento.
Cruz era muy activo en FLOC, como demuestran las fotos de las marchas por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes en Ohio.
Manager of FLOC’s Monterrey, México office found murdered
A Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) staff employee—Santiago Rafael Cruz—was found bound, gagged, and dead on Monday, April 9, 2007, in FLOC’s office in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. His death appeared to be murder.
Cruz, 29, was from the Puebla area of México but he lived in Toledo, Ohio, USA from 1998 to 2007, working for FLOC, a union formed in 1967 by union president Baldemar Velásquez and the Velásquez family, and which is headquartered in Toledo.
FLOC represents over 10,000 Mexican guestworkers, who work primarily in the states of Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina, USA.
The death is currently under investigation, but, to date, no arrests have been made. In a media advisory, FLOC stated that “FLOC believes that the murder was a targeted attack on the union….FLOC has dealt with intimidation and harassment both in the U.S. and México.”
Cruz was active in FLOC as depicted in the photos of immigrant rights’ rallies in Ohio at www.laprensa1.com
According to FLOC’s media advisory, anyone wishing to “donate money to help with transporting Santiago’s body home, his funeral, and securing the Monterrey office from further attacks, can make a check payable to: FLOC c/o Santiago Tragedy Fund, 1221 S. Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43609.”
A press conference at the FLOC Headquarters is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 10:00AM to update the public on the Cruz murder in Monterrey.
Kaptur urges full probe into death of FLOC’s Santiago Rafael Cruz
U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), acting on a request from FLOC, urged U.S. government officials in México to press for a complete investigation into the murder of Santiago Rafael Cruz.
Congresswoman Kaptur conveyed the request by telephone to the political officer in the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, México. She said consulate officials told her an investigation was being conducted by police in the state of Nuevo León and they promised to follow the case closely.