“Tijuana today is no different–‘dangerwise’–than Los Angeles”

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I have been visiting Tijuana regularly for over 10 years as part of a Los Angeles based medical ministry called Healing Hearts Across Borders.  HHAB is affiliated with La Roca, which was founded by our friends, Carlos and Rosie Montoya.  As a clinical psychologist, I am not exactly an impulsive risk-taker by nature!  But I can tell you that , or any other American city.  I am saddened by the sensationalized news reports in the U.S. which exaggerate the dangers of crime in Tijuana, and terrify Americans who would otherwise be coming to visit.

I just returned from our quarterly trip (February, 2009) and life goes on as usual in Tijuana.  Just as in Los Angeles, there are areas that you are wise to avoid!  But it is absolutely safe in general, and I encourage folks who would otherwise visit to discount the American new stories of some kind of rampant lawlessness in the city.  It is a vibrant place, and the poorer citizens are penalized by the drop in tourist business!

Dr. Suzanne Lake

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