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U.S. delegation travels to Mexico to demand freedom for Nestora Salgado

Comité Nestora Libre in Mexico City hosts press conference with delegates and Salgado's family, Monday, June 1


On Friday, May 29, the Comité Nestora Libre announced Salgado had finally been transferred to Tepepan women's prison in Mexico City - a hard-won victory for the Free Nestora movement. The delegation to Mexico and groups in other U.S. and Mexican cities held protests and press conferences in a united effort on June 1. ¡La lucha continua!

The U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado sent a delegation, including Salgado's daughter Grisel Rodriguez, to Mexico City on May 31 in an urgent effort to win Salgado's release. She has spent nearly nearly two years in prison, despite a Mexican federal judge's order to release her.

The delegation spoke at a press conference on Monday, June 1 at the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Center Prodh) in Mexico City. The families of other Mexican political prisoners were also be present. The delegation plans to visit the U.S. embassy to request a copy of Mexico's notification to the U.S. that Salgado had been arrested. Requests for this information by the family have so far been unsuccessful. If Mexico did not officially notify the embassy of the arrest, then under international law she would have to be released or a new case would have to be filed. The Guerrero state prosecuting attorney is blocking Salgado's release since all federal charges were dropped.

Salgado began a hunger strike on May 5. A naturalized U.S. citizen, she has been a political prisoner in Mexico since August 21, 2013 when she was arrested on charges that were later dismissed related to her leadership role in the Community Police in Olinalá, Guerrero. This volunteer force coordinated local residents to defend themselves against violence by drug cartels and corrupt officials. Community Police have legal standing under federal and Guerrero state laws that protect the rights of indigenous populations.

After her 2013 arrest, Salgado's husband, José Luis Avila of Renton, Washington, launched his own hunger strike in front of the United Nations. Since then, an international movement demanding Salgado's freedom has grown throughout Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Australia.

In the last three weeks, Mexico City and the state of Guerrero have been the sites of numerous protests and solidarity actions with Salgado, including a hunger strike begun May 13 by Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina, who are other imprisoned Community Police leaders from Guerrero.

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Take action! Please call the offices of Washington State's Senators Murray and Cantwell today. Nestora is a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Renton, Washington (just outside Seattle). Urge the Senators to make an urgent public appearance appealing for Nestora's release. Also request that they ask Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene immediately.

Call today!

Senator Patty Murray Washington, DC office: (202) 224-2621 Seattle office: (206) 553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell Washington, DC office: (202) 224-3441 Seattle office: (206) 220-6400

The U.S. Free Nestora Campaign is sending an emergency delegation to Mexico City. The delegates will join Mexican activists in pressuring the government there for Nestora's immediate release. They will also take this message to the U.S. embassy.

We need your help to cover the cost of the delegation to Mexico. Please DONATE today at www.freenestora.org/donate/ You can also mail a check made out to "RW-Nestora Fund" to:
Freedom for Nestora Committee
5018 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118.