Nestora Salgado is on a hunger strike and needs your help
volume 36
issue 3
June 2015

As we go to press, brave indigenous leader and political prisoner Nestora Salgado is protesting her illegal detention with a hunger strike.

For nearly two years, Salgado has been held in a Mexican prison, without trial, because of her leadership of a community police force tackling drug lords and corrupt officials in the state of Guerrero. The prison has denied her medical treatment for serious conditions including neuropathy in her hands and feet.

In January, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States ordered Mexico to act within 15 days to guarantee Salgado’s “life and physical safety” and provide her with proper medical care approved by her family. The commission’s rulings are binding on Mexico, but the government has taken no action.

Salgado is a U.S. citizen who was living with her family in Renton, Wash., until conditions in her hometown of Olinalá in Guerrero moved her to travel there and become involved in the community police. It’s crucial that people contact U.S. officials and demand their intervention in securing Salgado’s immediate release.

U.S. senators from Washington state Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell signed a letter last year urging Salgado’s release, but haven’t uttered a word since then. They need to be strongly urged to speak publicly about the case and to call on the State Department now to forcefully press the Mexican government to free Salgado. Call Patty Murray at 202-224-2621 and Maria Cantwell at 202-224-3441.

Contact Secretary of State John Kerry via his Facebook page:

See for more info and the latest news on Salgado’s condition and how you can help. Save the life of Nestora Salgado!

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