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Human Rights Crisis in Mexico: Mexican Activists Speak Out

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
Gerardo Espinoza
Photo: Reca Feranández
Alejandro Ramos

In the ‘drug war’ in Mexico promoted by the United States, more than 150,000 people have been killed and another 27,000 forcibly disappeared since 2007. The case of 43 Ayotzinapa student teachers disappeared in Guerrero in 2014 uncovered massive crimes against humanity in Guerrero and across Mexico. Human rights attorney Alejandro Ramos of the ‘Morelos y Pavón’ Human Rights Center defends families of disappeared and others in Guerrero affected by violence.

Central Americans fleeing violence in their own countries arrive in Mexico seeking protection. Instead, spurred by Washington’s policies, Mexican agents increasingly detain and deport them situations of acute danger. Gerardo Espinoza of the Fray Matías Human Rights Center in Tapachula, at the Mexico-Guatemala border, works to protect migrants seeking refuge in Mexico. These human rights defenders will bring fresh testimony from Mexico and what we can do in the United States.

National Speaking Tour Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee:
September 22-25, San Francisco
September 25-28, Washington, DC
September 28-October 1, Denver
October 1-4, San Diego

Contact Information 

San Francisco (John Lindsay-Poland, jlindsay-poland[at]
Washington, DC (Kathryn Johnson, kjohnson[at]
Denver (Gabriela Flora, gflora[at]
San Diego (Benjamín Prado, bprado[at]