Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement on the two year anniversary of Nestora Salgado’s arrest:
“For two years, Nestora has been denied due process and justice by the Mexican government. It is entirely unacceptable that she remains imprisoned in conditions that threaten her life. A Mexican federal court and many civil society and human rights groups including experts from the United Nations have all called for long overdue action. I continue to urge the United States government and the Mexican government to take immediate action to secure Nestora’s release. I will keep doing all I can to fight for her.”
Ms. Salgado is a resident of Renton, WA who was arrested for her leadership in community police group in her hometown of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero, which has a long tradition of legally-recognized community self-defense groups. As her Member of Congress, Congressman Smith has worked with Nestora’s family and her legal representation at Seattle University to help secure her release. He has held press conferences and sent a letter with Senator Patty Murray to the State Department to bring attention to the case and ensure Nestora can safely return to her family.