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On Saturday, October 22, 2011, thousands will unite for the 2011 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall to celebrate human rights, raise public awareness about human trafficking and raise funds for non-profits working to end the practice. The event includes a 5K walk around the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, resource fair, children's area, live music and luminary speakers, including survivors of trafficking. Last year's walk attracted over 2,000 walkers and raised over $100,000.

At the 2010 march and rally, Libertad Latina provided the only info table among those of 30 or so NGOs to address the Latina, Afro-descendent & indigneous aspects of the human trafficking issue.

For 2011, we are glad to see that vetern Latin@ legal services NGO Ayuda, Inc. is a co-sponsor of this important event.

For those who can attend, We look forward to meeting you there!

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Ayuda Seeks Supporters for Walk to Stop Modern Slavery

Ayuda, Inc., a provider of legal and social assistance for low–income immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area, is looking for supporters to participate in the 2011 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk taking place on October 22 at the National Mall.

Ayuda will cosponsor the event, which will include a 5–kilometer walk, an anti–trafficking resource fair, guest speakers, and live music.

Human trafficking is an issue that Ayuda regularly addresses. Through legal and social services, the organization has helped hundreds of men, women, and children who have been enslaved in the United States.

Those wanting to participate can do so by either joining Team Ayuda on the walk (the team will have at least 25 walkers) or making a donation online. Ayuda will receive 80 percent of all funds raised.

For more information, contact Casey Tyler at casey @ayuda.com, or visit DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk.



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Mexican Activist and Journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro


This section of LibertadLatina.org contains information regarding the human rights case of women's rights activist and published author Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.  For having the moral courage to stand up to powerful criminals who run child sex trafficking and sex tourism rings, Ms. Cacho Ribeiro has been dealt with by employing the accusation of defamation to silence her.  Defamation is a criminal offense in Mexico and most of Latin America.

We at LibertadLatina support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro 100%!

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Added: Mar. 7, 2010

Mexico

Jean Succar Kuri (left) is escorted in a straight jacket by federal agents

Photo: Crónica

PRD, PRI, PAN y PT unen fuerzas para que no se beneficie al pederasta Succar Kuri

“Esta Cámara no tolera a los malditos pedófilos; para ellos mano dura”, afirma Leticia Quezada

The Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Institutional Revolutionary party, the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) Unite to Prevent Pedophile [Kingpin] Jean Succar Kuri From Benefiting From the 'System.'

Deputy Leticia Quezada: "The Chamber of Deputies will not tolerate these evil pedophile; throw the book at them."

La Cámara de Diputados aprobó un exhorto al Poder Judicial para revertir la decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz de trasladar a una cárcel de Cancún al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, y que en caso de cumplirse su cambio de prisión se ejerza una vigilancia especial para evitar que escape.

En la sesión de ayer, diputados de todos los partidos lamentaron que Succar Kuri, sentenciado por abuso a menores de edad en Cancún, Quintana Roo, sea enviado a una prisión de mínima seguridad, aun cuando fue catalogado en el proceso judicial como reo de alta peligrosidad.

En todos los tonos, legisladores de los partidos Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Acción Nacional (PAN), de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) y del Trabajo (PT) reprocharon las facilidades que el juez García Lanz concede a Succar Kuri...

The Chamber of Deputies have passed a non-binding resolution that calls upon he Judiciary to reverse a decision by Judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz that will permit the transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] pedophile Jean Succar Kuri to a minimum security prison in the city of Cancún. The resolution also call for extreme vigilance to be used in the case that Succar Kuri is transferred, so that he is not allowed to escape.

In a plenary session of the Chamber, all of Mexico’s political lamented the fact that Succar Kuri, who was convicted and sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of children in Cancún, is scheduled to be transferred to a minimum security jail when he had previously been categorized during the judicial process as a dangerous prisoner. The Party of the Democratic Revolution(PRD), the Institutional Revolutionary Party(PRI), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) all denounced the special access that Judge García Lanz is permitting Succar Kuri to have.

From the podium of the Chamber, PRI deputy Pedro Ávila Nevárez decried “the evil intentions that this man [Succar Kuri] had against Mexican children. If possible, the Army should pick this individual up, but don’t allow him to be taken to Cancun as if he had just won a prize. Send him instead to the Marias Islands or some other place that he can’t escape from!”

PAN deputy Guillermo Zavaleta stated that the crime committed by Succar Kuri should be punished by the death sentence. “He doesn’t deserve to see even the light of day tomorrow” stated Deputy Zavaleta from the podium. “Nonetheless, the political system guarantees him that he will be allowed to live.”

PRD legislator Emilio Serrano also spoke, saying that the transfer of Succar Kuri involves an attempt to allow his escape. “What can we say, now, to the ‘precious gover’ [a nickname used by Succar Kuri accomplice Kamel Nacif, heard in secretly recorded phone calls, where he refers to Governor Mario Marín of Puebla state by this term]? That he take Succar Kuri to Puebla, because he would be protected there – a place where  Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa Patrón, and other [wanted] men hide, men who are in the same business and have the same tastes as Sucar Kuri?”

Labor Party deputy Gerardo Rodolfo Fernández stood to propose an end to the sheltering of pedophiles. “Often special privileges are offered to those who are rich and influential, those who have the protection of politicians, such as in the case of this person, Jean Succar Kuri. That is what the cases of Succar Kuri, Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa have in common, that they are gravely serious and related cases of impunity.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution’s spokesperson in the Chamber, Leticia Quezada Contreras, upon voting for the resolution stated: “This Chamber will not tolerate these perverted pedophiles who want to hide between the gaps in the law. Throw the book at them!”

The Chamber also approved a proposal by Labor party deputy César González Yáñez, that Deputy Rosi Orozco, in her role as Chair of the newly created Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, personally present the resolution to the Judiciary, and specifically to Judge García Lanz.

Enrique Méndez and Roberto Garduño

Periódico La Jornada

March 05, 2010


Added: Mar. 7, 2010

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National Action Party (PAN) legislator Guillermo Zavaleta speaks from the podium in the Chamber of Deputies to denounce judicial  favoritism shown to child porn kingpin Jean Succar Kuri

La Cámara Baja Exige al Poder Judicial Combatir Eficazmente la Pederastia

El pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó por unanimidad, un punto de acuerdo para exhortar al Poder Judicial, a la PGR y a las procuradurías de Justicia de todo el país a combatir con eficacia la pornografía infantil y el abuso sexual a menores.

Diputados de todas las fracciones parlamentarias coincidieron en que se trata de delitos cada vez con mayor incidencia en México.

La propuesta fue presentada por la legisladora panista Rosi Orozco...

Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution Requesting That the Attorney General's Office and State Prosecutors Across Mexico Effectively Combat Child Pornography and the Sexual Abuse of Children.

Daniel Blancas Madrigal

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March 05, 2010

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Added: Mar. 7, 2010

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Avala Pleno de Diputados Punto de Acuerdo para que la SSP Evite Traslado de Succar Kuri

Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution Requesting that the Secretariat of Public Security Not Transfer [Millionaire Child Pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancún that is known as one of the most insecure facilities in the nation.

México, D. F. Palacio Legislativo.- El Pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó un punto de acuerdo de urgente y obvia resolución para exhortar a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) para que a través de la Dirección General de Traslado de Reos y Seguridad Penitenciaria se tomen todas las medidas de seguridad necesarias para evitar el traslado de Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún, Quintana Roo. Lo anterior porque es procesado por un delito sumamente ofensivo para la sociedad –pederastia y pornografía infantil- y se pretende trasladarlo del penal de máxima seguridad del Altiplano, de Almoloya de Juárez, al centro penitenciario municipal de Cancún, el cual ha sido catalogado como uno de los más inseguros del país...

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March 05, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 6, 2010

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Piden Partidos Políticos Evitar Traslado de Succar Kuri a Cancún

México, DF.- Llaman partidos políticos en San Lázaro a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) a que tome las medidas necesarias para evitar el traslado del pedrastra Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún, Quintana Roo, al tiempo que exhortaron a procuradurías a redoblar esfuerzos contra la explotación sexual.

Durante la sesión de la Cámara de Diputados de este jueves fue aprobada una iniciativa para integrar un banco de datos sobre la trata de personas.

Al respecto, fue ampliamente criticada la decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz, de trasladar de un penal de máxima seguridad del Estado de México, a una cárcel de mínima seguridad, al pederasta Succar Kuri, quien fue catalogado en el proceso judicial como un reo de alta peligrosidad.

Legislators Ask That Jean Succar Kuri Not Be Transferred to Cancún

Mexico City - Legislators from across Mexico's political parties have asked the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) to take all necessary measures to avoid the transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a jail in Cancún, in Quintana Roo state. They also called for prosecutors to redouble their efforts against sexual exploitation.

During the March 4th session of the Chamber of Deputies [lower house of Congress], a bill was passed that will create a national human trafficking database.

During the session, judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz was widely criticized for his decision to allow child pornographer Succar Kuri to be transferred from a maximum security prison in Mexico state to a minimum security jail in Cancún. A pervious assessment of Succar Kuri during the judicial process had identified him as a dangerous, high risk prisoner.

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 05, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 5, 2010

Mexico

Imprisoned child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri photo-graphed with one of his 200 child victims (Now older, the victim was interviewed for a documentary on the repression of journalist Lydia Cacho by associates of Succar Kuri.)

Piden operativo para evitar fuga de Jean Succar Kuri

México.- Por unanimidad el pleno de la Cámara de Diputados exhortó a las procuradurías General de la República y General de Justicia del Estado de Quintana Roo a implementar un operativo de seguridad para evitar la fuga del pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, cuando éste sea trasladado al centro penitenciario de Cancún.

La Cámara de Diputados también solicitó la intervención de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, para que a través de la dirección general de traslados de reos y seguridad penitenciaria adopte las medidas necesarias para impedir que el pederasta pudiera ser liberado durante el viaje a la prisión local…

Lower Chamber of Congress Unanimously Calls for Special Security Measures to Prevent Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri's Escape from Prison

Mexico City - The Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of Congress has unanimously passed a non-binding resolution that requests that the Attorney General of the state of Quintana Roo mount a security operation to insure that convicted millionaire child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri does not escape during his upcoming transfer from a maximum security prison to a minimum security jail in Cancún.

The Chamber of Deputies also requested the intervention of the federal Secretary of Public Security, through its directorate for prisoner transfers and security, asking that they take all possible precautions to prevent any escape attempt by Succar Kuri.

The vote on the non-binding resolution was held with a sense of urgency and obvious determination. It was supported by all political parties. The resolution was presented by National Action Party (PAN) congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, who is Chair of the newly formed Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies.

The resolution also calls upon federal agencies and state governments to redouble their efforts to eradicate and prevent child sexual exploitation, and asks that they find and prosecute more cases like that of pedophile Jean Succar Kuri.

From the Chamber of Deputies all of Mexico's political parties attacked pedophilia and stood in favor of defending the rights of Mexican children.

Nonetheless, Emilio Serrano, a deputy from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) asked the Chamber why they were 'tearing their clothes up' about this issue, given that the same institution, Congress, had previously protected pedophiles and human rights violators. He recalled the case of Puebla state governor Mario Marín, and his collusion with millionaire businessman Kamel Nacif, who himself is linked to Succar Kuri.

[See the below link to the Lydia Cacho case for additional context to this statement. - LL]

Mónica Romero

W Radio

March 04, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 4, 2010

Mexico

Deputy Rosi Orozco

Es peligroso trasladar a Succar Kuri al penal de Cancún, advierten diputados

La Comisión Especial de Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados presentará este jueves un punto de acuerdo ante el pleno legislativo, con la finalidad de exhortar al juez federal Gabriel García Lanz “para que entienda” que tener al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, El Johnny, en el penal municipal de Cancún, Quintana Roo “es sumamente peligroso”, no sólo porque podría fugarse, sino “fundamentalmente porque las niñas, niños y jóvenes que fueron sus víctimas recibirían un golpe emocional y sicológico terrible, irreparable, al saber que su victimario estaría otra vez tan cerca de ellos”.

La diputada federal y presidenta de esa comisión, Rosi Orozco, buscó este miércoles a La Jornada para informar, directamente, que “esta comisión especial que presido ha decidido de último minuto presentar un punto de acuerdo, exhortando al juez (García Lanz) para que reconsidere su decisión”.

También “exhortaremos a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) federal para que si ya no queda otra cosa más que trasladar a esta persona a Cancún, las autoridades garanticen que no se fugue durante o después del traslado, y que cuiden que (Succar) no atente contra la seguridad de sus víctimas”.

Congressional Leaders: Transferring Imprisoned Millionaire Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri to Cancun is Dangerous

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking of the Chamber of Deputies in Congress will present a non-binding resolution before the Chamber, with the objective of calling upon federal magistrate Gabriel García Lanz "so that he will understand" that the pending transfer of Jean Succar Kuri, "El Johnny," from a maximum security prison to a minimum security jail in Cancún is "an extremely dangerous move." It is a danger not only because of the risk that Succar Kuri may flee [he is a millionaire based in Cancún], but because his transfer will subject the [200] children and underage youth in Cancún who were his victims to an irreparable psychological blow from knowing that their victimizer has been moved back to Cancún.

Deputy Rosi Orozco, Chair of the Commission, noted that the resolution also asks that the head of the federal security secretariat assure that, in the case that Succar Kuri is transferred, he is not allowed to escape during the transfer process.

Alfredo Méndez

Periódico La Jornada

March 4, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 3, 2010

Mexico

Lydia Cacho

Photo: La Jornada

Vigilen a Esos Jueces

Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos ejemplares que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados de este país

Las y los diputados del PRD, PAN y PT, se pronunciaron en el Congreso para solicitar una supervisión detallada de las actuaciones de jueces que estén a cargo de casos de pornografía y explotación sexual de menores de edad. Llamó la atención el silencio del PRI y del Verde. Está claro que éste es un tema que indigna y enoja a cualquiera que sea incapaz de disfrutar con los abusos de infantes. Justo por eso resulta vital recordar que México ha avanzado en este tema y debe seguir haciéndolo. Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos ejemplares que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados de este país.

Watch Those Judges

Members of Congress have proposed a closer look at two cases that allow us to understand exactly what goes on in our nation's courtrooms.

Congressional deputies from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) have called for a detailed review of the actions of judges in two cases involving child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children. The absence of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Ecological Green Party (Verde) in this announcement was notable.

It is clear that these topics outrage all who are incapable of abusing children. For that very fact it is important to note that Mexico is making progress in regard to this issues, and it should continue its efforts to change.

The criminal case against Father Rafael Muñiz demonstrated how the public prosecutor's office in Veracruz state engaged in a mediocre effort to formulate charges against the priest. Later, a federal judge asked the Veracruz court to improve its legal arguments. But the local court ignored the law and allowed Father Muñiz to be freed on bail. Two days after his recent release from jail, he was making crosses from ashes to celebrate his freedom.

Although the truth is that Father Muñiz is only free on bond and his case is being reviewed, he is enjoying the fruits of a judicial decision that has resulted from ignorance, fumbling and pressure from the Archdiocese of Veracruz. Judge Martín has taken no specialized training in child sexual exploitation. He therefore continues to make judicial decisions as if this were the year 2000, when Mexico didn't have the precise legal instruments and judicial arguments that exist today, which  permit serious sentences to be handed down.

In the case of [millionaire accused child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri, the self-confessed "pedophile of Cancun," he was never charged with child sex trafficking, because he was extradited from the United States on charges of child pornography and the corruption of minors. It has been six years since Succar Kuri was arrested in Arizona. His many attorneys, despite not having done a spectacular job in defending him, have won a victory recently in the fact that Succar Kuri will be transferred from a [maximum security] federal prison to a local [minimum security] jail in his home town city of Cancún. According to authorities, Succar Kuri was one of the planners of a prisoner escape by 103 inmates in 2006.

The magistrate in the case made it clear that federal prosecutors had a responsibility to submit a request for revocation of the judicial order that will send Kuri to a local jail in Cancún, and instead, the prosecutors had submitted an appeal of the judge's order. This is equivalent to saying that a given person went to the hospital for a kidney translation and was offered a liver transplant. As yet we don't know if the prosecutor in this case made an intentional error. It is incompre-hensible that such an error could occur when this case is being scrutinized by the U.S. Justice Department, which had extradited Succar Kuri under an agreement that President Calderón's government would bring him to justice.

Succar Kuri will arrive in Cancún this week. His return to this city will be watched by many.

Judge Martin is also being closely watched. This week we will find out whether Father Muñiz received special treatment. It is clear that there is an urgent need in Mexico to train judges and prosecutors on the law as it applies to sex trafficking cases.

To feel outrage at these developments is essential, but it is not a sufficient response. Only through professional training and oversight of the judiciary will we be able to eliminate the ignorant excuses and the faulty interpretations of the law that allow corruption into the process.

The message that we send out to the millions of boys and girls who are exploited each year must be clear: child pornography is a crime, and the judiciary will protect children.

Lydia Cacho

www.LydiaCacho.net

March 01, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 23, 2010

Mexico, New York, USA

Lydia Cacho at Syracuse University

Photo: Dr. Alejandro Garcia

Tully Award to Mexican Journalist: Lydia Cacho Exposes Child Trafficking

Syracuse, New York - ...Last Monday [the] El Tropical [restaurant] was the scene of a two-and-a-half hour lunch hosted by La Casita, the Syracuse University [SU] project to strengthen ties with the city’s Latino community, for Mexican journalist and writer Lydia Cacho. Cacho was in town to receive the Tully Award for Free Speech on Tuesday evening at SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communi-cation. Cacho, 45, is an investigative print reporter, with a background in radio and TV, who wrote a series of articles for the newspaper “Por Esto” in Cancún about child trafficking, sexual tourism and the political protection afforded to organized crime in that upscale resort.

After Random House Mexico asked her to write a book, she published these findings in 2005 as “Los Demonios del Edén” (Demons of Eden: The Power that Protects Child Pornography). In particular Cacho focused on the fates of some 200 children at the hands of Jean Succar Kuri, the wealthy Lebanese owner of the Sol y Mar [Sun and Sea] Villas resort, and his cohort, international textile magnate Kamel Nacif. Nacif had a well-established relationship with Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla, where some of his plants were located. Eight months [after publication of Cacho's book], at Marín’s orders – Nacif was suing her for defamation, then a criminal charge that could put her in prison – Cacho was arrested, driven across Mexico and on the way tortured in an unsuccessful attempt to force her to recant her work. Last Monday, Cacho was clear that her captors would simply have killed her in the end – she recounted in chilling detail a cell phone call and the terse phrase “change of plans” that interrupted their stop at a dark beach – had not a network of callers from Amnesty International, PEN International and other groups bombarded both Marín and the media... ...One friendly state senator showed up at the Puebla jail holding Cacho.

“I always talk about the threats,” said Cacho on Monday. “And journalists often really don’t do that. They often don’t prepare. I sat down with my team and we planned what they would do if I were killed or arrested, who they would call. And because there are cameras outside on the street too, they knew who had taken me. We had it on tape.”

...Cacho’s experience in founding shelters for battered women and for persons with HIV as well as reporting on human rights issues may have provided extra lessons in the value of security and preparation. By 2005, Cacho’s team comprised the staff and volunteers at CIAM (Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer / Comprehensive Center for Women’s Care), of which Cacho is president.

Reflecting on Kamel Nacif’s furious indignation at Cacho’s interference with what he called “my rights,” she has said elsewhere, “He’s like any other man at CIAM. We have seventy cases a month.” ...

“I was offered money too,” Cacho said Monday, who said she’d originally moved to Cancún from her native Mexico City, having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and speaking four languages, to write poetry and cultural commentary. “They didn’t know what to do with me. I didn’t want money. I didn’t want to move out of my little apartment. I was offered a political office. I didn’t want to run for office. I was offered a spot on national TV. I didn’t want that. They couldn’t figure out what I wanted.” ...

Tere Paniagua’s students are also seeing the excellent 2007 film about Cacho’s work and the “narco-pederasty” trade made by veteran Mexican documentary filmmaker Alejandra Islas, which bears the same title as Cacho’s book, “Los Demonios del Edén.” While the 73-minute film hasn’t had official release in the US, it has screened at many festivals in the Americas, and the US-compatible DVD has English subtitles...

The Islas film makes use of that security camera footage of Cacho’s arrest by Puebla state police in the street outside CIAM, and follows her year-long defamation trial and her own counter-suit to Mexico’s Supreme Court. (On Monday Cacho added the postscript that she is currently taking her suit to the Inter-American Court, so the traffickers might stand trial.) The Islas film also provides considerable context to Cacho’s situation and that of her antagonists, detailing for example the labor practices, working conditions, graft and environmental damage generated by Kamel Nacif’s far-flung textile empire...

Additionally, the Islas film examines the matter of the dozen tape-recorded phone conversations anonymously delivered to the Mexico City daily “La Jornada” and major radio stations, beginning on Valentine’s Day 2006. Sometimes punctuated by crude laughter and in one case by preening about how he looked on TV, these exchanges document Nacif speaking with Puebla governor Marín and others about arresting Cacho and “setting a national precedent” that will help control journalists. “My precious governor!” says Nacif to Marín at one point, and promises to send him some fine cognac for arranging this favor. The tape revelations sparked protest marches of as many as 40,000 people, a rash of satirical performances and cartoons, and... demands for impeachment. (Cacho talked about the tapes on Monday and said Marín “couldn’t go anywhere for a while without people mobbing him and sending him cognac bottles – empty, of course.”) Marin wasn’t impeached, but Mexico did de-criminalize defamation as a result of this case. What Cacho calls more important is the tape in which Nacif and Kuri discussed the price of young virgins brought to Cancún from Florida, because that established a business venture above and beyond a personal taste for four-year-olds...

[Cacho,] “I do believe we can change the world.” “Mainstream media is show business and spectacle. Journalism is about contact with human beings, about respect for all people and showing compassion. We live in a very tiny world and we are destroying it because we don’t know how to live together.”

[The linked page contains a video excerpt of the film by Alejandra Islas - in Spanish]

Nancy Keefe Rhodes

Cnylink

Feb. 21, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Lydia Cacho's top says, "No Pedophiles; No Corruption; No Impunity!

Lydia Cacho Asegura que el Gobierno de Veracruz Protege a Pederastas

En su artículo semanal, la periodista Lydia Cacho, acusa que el gobierno de Veracruz encabezado por Fidel Herrera, así como la jerarquía católica, se confabularon para lograr la libertad del padre Rafael Muñiz López, acusado de pertenecer a una red de pederastas.

Dice: "Los altos jerarcas de la Iglesia católica y el gobierno de Veracruz, acompañados de una sospechosa ayuda del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal, dejarán en libertad al líder de una red de pornografía infantil que fue arrestado luego de una impresionante y exitosa investigación de la policía cibernética"...

Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, front, far right, is presented by authorities to the press with the other suspected child pornography ring members, at the time of their arrest. The other accused suspects, except Father Muñiz Lopez's brother, remain in custody.

Lydia Cacho Accuses the State Government of Veracruz of Protecting Pedophiles

In her weekly newspaper column, journalist Lydia Cacho has accused the government of Veracruz state, headed by governor Fidel Herrera, as well as the state’s Catholic hierarchy of collusion to achieve the recent release of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who had been accused of belonging to a child pornography distribution network.

Cacho declared that, “The high officials of the Catholic Church and the Government of Veracruz, together with the suspicious involvement of the Superior Tribunal of Justice of the Federal District, freed the leader of a child pornography network who had been arrested after an impressive and exhaustive investigation by cyber [Internet and computer] crimes police.”

Cacho, the author of books on child sex trafficking, noted that Father Muñiz Lopez used the online alias of "Lobo Siberiano" [Siberian wolf] to sell and transmit child pornography from his office computer at the San Pedro Apóstol [Saint Peter the Apostle] parish in the capitol of Veracruz, the city of Xalapa. Cacho went on to say that the child pornography ring involved [other] suspects, who were also arrested. The ring operated in Mexico City, and in the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Veracruz and Yucatan.

Cacho says that [authorities have] documented the fact that Father Muñiz Lopez emailed child pornography to ciber-pedophiles in the United States, Russia, Spain, Chile and Colombia.

Nonetheless, Cacho says, the lawyers for the Archdiocese were able to convince the judge in charge of the case to allow Father Muñiz Lopez to [escape justice], because his acts of distributing child pornography were not ruled to be an act “against public morals,” because Father Muñiz Lopez only distributed the illegal photographs within a “closed circle of people.”

Cacho indicated that the Archbishop of the city of Xalapa, Hipólito Reyes Larios, intervened with the Veracruz state government to prevent further prosecutorial investigation in the case.

Cacho, “It is not by accident that the laws against child pornography [in Veracruz] don’t protect children. But these laws do protect cyber-pedophiles, as is the case on other states. Priests and judges constitute an infamous alliance that works to shelter impunity, and, therefore, the repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands in horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police agents become trained to address the threat, and with one signature from a judge’s pen, they destroy our collective efforts to establish the rule of law.

Cacho: “Until when?”

Ignacio Carvajal

e-consulta.com

Feb. 16, 2010

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Jueces, Pedófilos y Sacerdotes

...La impunidad en México no es abstracta, tiene nombres y apellidos. En este caso hallamos que los cómplices concretos son los jueces, quienes ignoran las leyes de la mano de los líderes del clero, capaces de ejercer todo el poder político y dinero para liberar a sus pedófilos. No es culpa de la Iglesia que algunos de sus miembros cometan delitos, particularmente pederastia, pero ciertamente los que están libres de culpa podrían hacer algo más para prevenirla y evitarla. Lo inexplicable es la protección cómplice que otorga a este tipo de criminales, pese a que sus delitos atentan contra todo aquello que defiende la doctrina cristiana. Curas y jueces constituyen una alianza infame que prohíja la impunidad y, por ende, la repetición de crímenes contra la infancia. El país se horroriza y exige, las y los legisladores aprueban leyes, las policías se capacitan e investigan, llegan los jueces y de un plumazo destruyen los esfuerzos colectivos por restablecer un estado de derecho. ¿Hasta cuándo? ...

Judges, Pedophiles and Priests

A further excerpt from Lydia Cacho's original opinion column on the release of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez

...Impunity in Mexico is not abstract, it has first and last names. In this case we have found that the definitive accomplices are the judges, who ignore the law at the behest of Church powers who are willing to exercise all of their political power, and their money, to free their pedophiles. It is not the Church’s fault that some of its members commit crimes, and especially pedophilia. But certainly those who are not guilty could do something more to prevent and avoid these acts.

What is inexplicable is the Church’s complicity in protecting these types of criminals, given that their crimes attempt to violate everything that Christian Doctrine defends. Priests and judges constitute an infamous alliance that shelters impunity, and therefore, allows the repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands in horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police agents become trained to address the threat, and with one signature from a judge’s pen, they destroy our collective efforts to establish the rule of law.

Cacho: “Until when?”

Weekly Column of Lydia Cacho

El Universal

Mexico city

Feb. 15, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

National Action Party legislators Rosi Orozco and Agustín Castilla

Demanda Acción Nacional cero tolerancia para pederastas 

Los legisladores panistas consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio del poder Judicial federal y local en este sentidoDiputados del PAN demandaron aplicar "todo el peso de la ley a los pederastas", independientemente de su poder político y económico, y que ante todo se garanticen los derechos humanos de la infancia.

Al hablar sobre la decisión judicial de trasladar a Jean Succar Kuri de un penal de máxima seguridad a una cárcel municipal de Cancún, al considerar que el procesado por pederastia no representa ningún peligro, consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio del poder Judicial federal y local...

National Action Party legislators demand zero-tolerance for pedophiles

National Action Party (PAN) congressional deputies Agustín Castilla and Rosi Orozco have announced that they consider the current federal and state judicial criteria used to punish the sexual abusers of children to be too lenient. Therefore, they say, they are calling for the full weight of the law to be applied to pedophiles, regardless of their economic and political power, and state that above all, children’s human rights must be guaranteed.

The legislators highlighted as an example of this laxity the current case of Jean Succar Kuri [a millionaire who was identified in journalist / activist Lydia Cacho’s 2005 book Demons of Eden as being a major child sex trafficker], and the recent decision by authorities to move him from a maximum security prison to a municipal jail in [his home city of] Cancun because, supposedly, Succar Kuri does not represent a threat.

Deputies Castilla and Orozco also talked about the recent freeing of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who was caught in the possession of child pornography. The case of a pimp in Oaxaca state who exploited an underage girl was also mentioned.

Castilla and Orozco, who are members of the [recently formed] Special Commission for the Fight Against Human Trafficking [in the House of Deputies – the lower house of Congress], demanded a congressional review of these cases to assure that the rule of law is being followed, and that those who are guilty pay for their crimes.

Deputy Castilla, “We needed to send a very clear message of zero tolerance of child sexual abuse, child prostitution, child pornography and [other forms of] child sexual abuse.

Deputy Castilla added, “We will not allow these messages from the Judicial branch, which are of course terrifying, because it appears that [judges] are saying that [pedophiles] have a large space of impunity [to work in].”

Deputy Rosi Orozco [head of the newly formed anti-trafficking commission] called upon judges to be sensible and to educate themselves so that they know the law in regard pedophiles, so as to achieve a uniform application of the law.

Notimex

Feb. 16, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Víctimas apelan reubicación de Kuri

Cancún, Quintana Roo - La dirección de la cárcel de Cancún informó que Jean Succar Kuri, procesado por encabezar una red de pornografía y explotación sexual infantil, podría regresar en breve a esa prisión de baja seguridad por orden del Juzgado Segundo de Distrito en esta ciudad...

Victims Appeal Succar Kuri’s Relocation to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancun

The city of Cancun in Quintana Roo state – The administrators of the Cancun municipal jail have announced that Jean Succar Kuri, who have been prosecuted for heading-up a child pornography ring and engaging in child sexual exploitation, may be relocated from a high security prison to this minimum security prison, as a result of orders from the Second District Court in this city.

Nevertheless, lawyer Xavier Olea, who has worked for several of Succar Kuri’s child victims, denied the possibility that the transfer would take place, and said that the judge’s decision has been appealed to the Unitary Tribunal of the state of Quintana Roo.

Olea: “We will offer the necessary proof to confirm that Succar Kuri in a dangerous person, that the transfer is not appropriate, and because Succar Kuri has the economic means [he is a millionaire hotelier] to buy-off the authorities.

Second District Judge Gabriel García Lanz decided that Succar Kuri is not a danger, and ordered him transferred from the El Altiplano maximum security prison in Mexico State, to the municipal jail in Cancun. The transfer could occur as early as tomorrow.

A Lebanese born immigrant, Succar Kuri fled Cancun at the end of 2003 to evade an arrest warrant issued against him. At the start of 2004, he was arrested in Chandler, Arizona. On July 16, 2006 he was extradited to Mexico, when Judge García Lanz ordered him jailed for the crime of child pornography.

Later Succar Kuri was taken to the Center for Social Re-adaptation (CERESO) in Chetumal. Upon discovering that he was receiving special privileges, he was returned to prison in Cancun. In November 2006, he was ordered transferred to the maximum security prison of El Altiplano, based on psychological assessments performed by personnel of the federal Office of the Attorney General.

The announcement of the return to prison of Cancun came four years after the detention of writer and journalist Lydia Cacho, author of book The Demons of Eden, which exposed the activities of a pedophile ring.

Cacho, who was arrested in Cancun in December 2005 and taken to Puebla state under a criminal charge of defamation, considers that there is a very high probability that, once in Cancun, Succar Kuri will use his influence to live a comfortable life, and will escape and exact revenge against his victims.

Cacho, “Succar Kuri promised that he would return to Cancun to get revenge on girls who denounced him and, of course, to take revenge on me."

Adriana Varillas

El Universal

Feb. 16, 2010


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Horror Story: Lydia Cacho's Exposé of Pedophilia Has Her Critics Up in Arms

Cancun, Mexico - The bodyguards linger in the steakhouse foyer, conspicuous with their handguns in lumpy fanny packs. The bulletproof SUV sits in quick-getaway position outside.

And now Lydia Cacho Ribeiro's cellphone rings.

"Yes, I got in okay," Cacho says from an out-of-the-way table. "I'm fine."

Cacho sets the phone down, a weary smile forming beneath high cheekbones and dark, deep-set eyes.

"He was worried," she says of her longtime partner, the prominent Mexican editor and columnist Jorge Zepeda Patterson. "This is my life."

A crusade against pedophiles has made Cacho, who will be in Washington tomorrow and Tuesday to be honored by Amnesty International, one of Mexico's most celebrated and imperiled journalists. She is a target in a country where at least 17 journalists have been killed in the past five years and that trailed only Iraq in media deaths during 2006. Do-gooders and victims want to meet her, want to share their stories. Bad guys -- well, they want her in a coffin.

In the spring of 2005, Cacho published a searing exposé of the child abuse and pornography rings flourishing amid the $500-a-night resorts and sugar-white beaches of Cancun. Her book "The Demons of Eden: The Power That Protects Child Pornography" chronicles in cringe-inducing detail the alleged habits of wealthy men whose sexual tastes run to 4-year-old girls...

...Seven months after her book was published, Cacho says, police officers from the far-off state of Puebla shoved her into a van outside the women's center she runs on a crumbling side street well removed from Cancun's gaudy hotel strip. They drove her 950 miles across Mexico, she says, jamming gun barrels into her face and taunting her for 20 hours with threats that she would be drowned, raped or murdered. The police have disputed her version of events, saying she was treated well.

Cacho found herself in police custody because Mexico's "Denim King," the textile magnate Kamel Nacif, had accused her of defamation, which at the time was a criminal offense under Mexican law. (Inspired by Cacho's case, the Mexican Congress recently passed a law decriminalizing defamation.) Cacho had written that Nacif used his influence to protect a suspected child molester, Cancun hotel owner Jean Succar Kuri, and that one of Succar's alleged victims was certain Nacif also abused underage girls...

Manuel Roig-Franzia

Washington Post Foreign Service

April 1, 2007


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

Award-winning anti-child sex trafficking activist, journalist, author and women's center director Lydia Cacho

Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de limpieza social: Cacho

Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia del Estado, dijo.

Madrid. Las muertes por violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años, podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….

Deaths from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho

Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.

Madrid. Deaths from violence in Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

"Experts are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these 15,000 murders are linked to intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the press in her country.

Since President Felipe Calderón [became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which " militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.

Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in that case.

The foundation that bears Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...

Cacho is the author of [the child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.

Agence France Presse (AFP)

Nov. 23, 2009

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Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says

Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderon’s bloody campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social peace.”

Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her writings, told a press conference in Madrid that Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption and impunity.”

Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, the author said the nearly three years since Calderon took office have seen increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights advocates.

The period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.

“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.

Calderon, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”

“It is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread criticism for human rights abuses.

Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media, saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the government and other powerful interests.

A long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in the Mexican establishment.

In the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico from the United States to face charges.

Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.

In February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then assaulted behind bars.

The transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.

Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately dismissed.

EFE

Nov. 24, 2009

LibertadLatina

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Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations

Americas Program Commentary

Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S. citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...

The militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have increased six-fold.

Even these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals. These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases, for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.

The situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better. Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels. Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

The militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership] aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.

All this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...

Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

Nov. 23, 2009


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War

Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production, Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up

Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderon completes half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in 2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderon’s cabinet...

While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in Calderon’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).

No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.

Dec. 1, 2009

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LibertadLatina Commentary

According to press reports from Mexico, the El Yunque secret society is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party (PAN).

El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan.

During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in 'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents), may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and independent thinking in Mexico. 

We have documented the steady deterioration  of human rights for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.

The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one example of the harshness of  these conditions. The case of the sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women social protesters in the city of Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another stark case.

The Mérida Initiative, through which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war, but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.

El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti women's rights, anti-indigenous rights,  anti-Semitic and anti-gay 'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of U.S. funding.

Defeat the drug cartels?

Yes!

Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?

No!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 4, 2009

About El Yunque

The National Organization of the Anvil, or simply El Yunque (The Anvil), is the name of a secret society... whose purpose, according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the [ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish" the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political power.

Wealthy businessmen and politicians (mostly from the [ruling] National Action Party) have been named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.

About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com


Added: Jan. 30, 2009

Mexico

Lydia Cacho with her new book “Not With My Child” Photo: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times

Lydia Cacho publishes manual for parents on detecting child abuse

Lydia Cacho’s celebrity was apparent from the get-go last Thursday night in the trendy Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, where the journalist launched her new book “Not With My Child” (Con Mi Hij@ No).

...Her latest book [is] a manual for parents in Mexico to help them recognize if their children are being abused and, if so, what they can do about it...

The sexual abuse of minors is a topic she has specialized in, and Cacho has been the victim of harassment due to her investigations into the issue.

She was a relatively unknown journalist until she published a book in 2006 that alleged the existence of a child sex ring in the southern [city] of Cancun, after which she was illegally arrested and harassed by some of the powerful men she implicated in “Los Demonios del Eden.”

She catapulted to fame when she challenged her aggressors by going public and filing a legal action against them — although it was ultimately unsuccessful.

Since then, Cacho has become something of a symbol for the issue of the repression of journalists and freedom of expression in Mexico. Her last book, “Memories of a Disgrace (Memorias de una Infamia)” detailed the events that unfolded after the publication of “Los Demonios del Eden.”

Speaking to a packed auditorium on Thursday, Cacho said that after “Los Demonios del Eden” was published, she was inundated by more than 3,000 e-mails from people who were worried their children were being abused, or who knew their children had been abused and didn’t know what to do about it. That prompted her to write “Not With My Child,” which she says is an effort to answer the questions she received from her anxious public...

“Not With My Child” includes chapters on the history of pedophilia and the sexual abuse of children, as well as how to negotiate Mexico’s ineffective justice system. Cacho says that building strong social networks is one of the most important means of detecting and putting a stop to child abuse in Mexico...

Deborah Bonello

Mexico Reporter

Jan. 26, 2009


Added: Jan. 23, 2009

Mexico

Leticia Valdez Martell

Lydia Cacho

Puebla y Oaxaca, historia de un país productor de pornografía infantil

Desde el poder político y judicial, los pedófilos se fortalecen

Puebla and Oaxaca states, the history of a child pornography producing nation

Pedophiles are protected by the heads of political and judicial power

Lydia Cacho - [This] is the story of the nation of Mexico as a producer of child pornography, where the kidnapping of children is, in many cases, linked to sexual exploitation. It is the story of a nation where, from the seats of political and judicial power, pedophiles are strengthened, a nation where such men unite and celebrate their power.

Three months ago, the mother of a victim of a child pornography network sought me out. Her daughter was abused at the age of 5 by a crime network that was run by [millionaire businessmen] Succar Kuri and Kamel Nacif.

Their criminal enterprise was protected by [Puebla state governor] Mario Marin and Emilio Gamboa, among others...

Succar Kuri [now on trial] has... insisted that the daughter return to court to retell her story for the umpteenth time.

The girl, now age fifteen, speaks of committing suicide if she is forced to go to [the trial court in] the prison of La Palma to confront her abuser once again, and if another judge dares to ask her to narrate, again, her memories of childhood terror...

The victim’s mother is even less motivated to return to court given that the Supreme Court of the Nation made a ruling that effectively protected the child sex trafficking network of Kamel Nacif and Governor Mario Marín.

The Court’s decision [in the Lydia Cacho case] shielded the network of pedophiles and politicians, who protect each other's shared personal and business interests and who engage in political money laundering.

Like the families in the Succar Kuri case, Leticia Valdez brings to court the videos of her young son’s abuse, and carries photographs and medical evaluations that describe the damage caused to her baby by pedophiles. And she talks and talks, seeking that her country believe her…

Leticia Valdez… demands that the guilty pay for the crimes that are clearly visible in the videos: acts of the rape of young children carried out in a school.

While Valdez Martell dares to tell the truth, Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz gives orders intended to silence any discussion of the case. According to a court secretary in Oaxaca, there are clear orders from the governor for the case to be prolonged, so as not to allow the further accumulation of evidence to take place….

But Valdez Martell is not alone. She has already benefited from the fact that the Attorney General of Oaxaca has provided her with twelve files of similar cases involving the same suspects. In addition, the names of state police agents from Veracruz and Oaxaca, as well as PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] officials, and, according to sources, a PRD [Party of the Democratic Revolution] member, also appear.

None of these 12 cases has ever been follow-up on…

Meanwhile, the media evades getting to the root of the problem.

Why have the mothers and fathers of the other children who were raped and used to produce child pornography by the same clan [at the San Felipe Institute]  remained silent?

Why did Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora insist during a news interview with tv talking head Carlos Loret de Mola, that human rights violations reported by Amnesty International are [just] individual cases?

Why have special prosecutors denied the existence of pornography networks despite the fact that journalists and the victims themselves have, time and again, demonstrated that they do exist?

These networks of criminal impunity are not created in silence, but in view of the entire country. They are woven together beginning at the seats of power.

Pedophilia, Before the Supreme Court

Why did the Valdez case reach the Supreme Court?

…The case reached the Supreme Court because Ulises Ruiz, the constitutional governor of Oaxaca, indirectly protects the network of pedophiles that is involved in the case.

The case never came to court [in Oaxaca state] because one of the lawyers for the [accused] pedophiles and their accomplices is Jorge Franco Jimenez, who is the father of Jorge Franco Vargas, the current president of the PRI political party in Oaxaca…

The state government of Oaxaca will [act to save their friends]. Meanwhile the production of “home” child pornography, as one INTERPOL agent has called it, continues to grow under the protection of those in power.

Mexico’s Attorney General will find arguments to make this case, like millions before it, into one of “individual acts” of human rights violations, while ignoring the role of the use of state power in the defense of  criminals.

We know that the federal government of Mexico rejects the defense of human rights, and they spit in the face of [president of the National Human Rights Commission] Jose Luis Soberanes, the Ombudsman who dreams of presenting the Supreme Court with cases that the victim's [lawyers] have prepared well...

The attacks against Leticia Valdez and her family will not remain hidden. Society is watching Governor Ulises Ruiz and the child pornography networks that he protects. One thing is clear: Neither Leticia nor her family are alone. Millions of Mexican men and women are on her side.

Full English Translation

Hace tres meses, me buscó la madre de una de las niñas que fuera utilizada, a los 5 años, para fabricar pornografía infantil por la red de Succar Kuri, protegido de Kamel Nacif, de Mario Marín y Emilio Gamboa, entre otros.

Con la mirada inundada de desesperanza, con la voz cansada, con la ira colgada de su pecho, me dijo que luego de casi cuatro años de abogados, de juicios, de amenazas de muerte, Succar otra vez quiere que su hija vaya a verlo y declare por enésima vez.

Y la niña, ahora de quince años, habla de quitarse la vida si la fuerzan a ir al penal de La Palma a ver a su abusador; si otro juez se atreve a pedirle que narre sus recuerdos de terror infantil. Y la madre dice que si tiene que matar a alguien, pues mata, pero a su hija no la vuelven a llevar a un juzgado.

Lydia Cacho

Appearing in CIMAC Noticias

Jan. 21, 2009


See also:

Lydia Cacho Starts Foundation

In October, 2008 Lydia Cacho formed the Lydia Cacho Foundation, based in Madrid, Spain.

Please donate!

FundacionLydiaCacho.org

Video excerpt from the 2007 film Demons of Eden, that documents the campaign of retaliation against Lydia Cacho.

This film clip includes a short statement by a girl who was trapped by the Jean Succar Kuri / Kamel Nacif child sex trafficking network, and includes video of Kamel Nacif confronting Lydia Cacho during legal proceedings. Also included is a audio conversation recorded between Kamel Nacif and Puebla governor Mario Marin, during which Nacif admits that he took revenge (with Governor Marin's help) against Lydia Cacho for exposing what Nacif states were his "parties with children."

Despite this extensive audio evidence, the Supreme Court (which can investigate cases of high-level state corruption), denied that any violation of Lydia Cacho's basic rights took place (and thus shielding the child sex trafficking network from scrutiny).

(See the below listed video for the Mexican public's reaction to this decision by the Court.)

(In Spanish)

TVCiudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007

Video documentation

Leticia Valdez Martell speaks out at rally for Lydia Cacho

Leticia Valdez Martell speaks at large rally in front of Mexico's Supreme Court to protest the Court's decision to reject a Court investigation of Puebla governor Mario Marin and accused pedophile millionaire Kamel Nacif, plotters in the kidnapping and torture of activist journalist Lydia Cacho in revenge for publishing her exposé against pedophile networks in Cancun: Demons of Eden.

(In Spanish)

 TVCiudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007

Rogelio Mora-Tagle entrevista a la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho

Extensive TV news report on the the Lydia Cacho case with Rogelio Mora-Tagle, including an interview with Lydia Cacho in which she explains her arrest and torture, the involvement of corrupt politicians and the impunity that provides protection to accused child sex traffickers in Mexico.

(In Spanish)

 TV Ciudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Nov. 27, 2007

Lydia Cacho  interview after receiving the 2007 CNN Hero of the World award.

(In English)

 CNN

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007


Added: Jan. 1, 2009

Mexico

Lydia Cacho: tres años de lucha contra la impunidad

Su caso, en la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Lydia Cacho: three years of combating impunity

"My dear Spanish poet Angel Petisme wrote: It is forbidden to mourn without learning. I have cried tears to wash away the sadness for my violent and corrupt country. But I have learned ... tears healed my pain ... they made me stronger ... "

This is an excerpt from a letter written by the journalist Lydia Cacho in February 2006, two months after her arrest on December 16, 2005 by judicial agents from Puebla state who went to Cancun, Quintana Roo, to execute an arrest warrant [against Cacho].

In her letter Cacho defends the right to freedom of expression and the importance that such work has for allowing her to show the legality [...only in Mexico...] of journalism.

"I will prove my journalistic work was created to give a voice to victims, to prove that I wrote this book [Demons in Eden] not hurt my accuser [Kamal Nacif], because the damage he did was to commit illegal acts that created for him a sinister history, which was already public information. He, like all of us, is solely responsible for their actions. "

Three years after the fact [of offical state retaiation against her for exposing a child sex trafficking ring run by millionaires in Cancun], Cacho Ribeiro's hopes of obtaining justice have focused on the international arena., where no later than next February she will submit her case, and the cases of other human rights activists before the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Cacho is now at the end of her struggle for justice. She has had to go outside of Mexico after having exhausted all of the legal avenues there.

"And when we win this trial, we will continue to complete two tasks: the criminal decriminalization of journalism in Mexico and the demand for justice in the case of Jean Succar Kuri the pedophile [a textile millionaire and the target of Cacho's accusations in Demons of Eden].

"And then, sisters and friends, we will celebratrte the fact that none of us, because we speak the truth, should have to live in situations of 'conditional freedom.'

"And who wouldn't cry, with a little bit of joy, excitement, as the teacher Petisme would say. We cry, because we have learned that in Mexico we are millions who share the same dreams, and we demand the right to build them together, together, because we are not alone."

Cacho's Case in the International Arena

These events are part of what is known in Mexico as the Cacho-Marin case, referring to the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marin, who Cacho denounced to on the federal Attorney General's office for influence peddling, abuse of authority and torture.

Lydia Cacho has traveled around the world to present his case in forums, meetings and talks, and to be honored for her fight against impunity.

On June 14, 2006 Cacho received the Yo Dona award for the best humanitarian work, presented by the newspaper El Mundo in Spain through its magazine Yo Dona.

In the same year also won the Francisco Ojeda award for journalistic valor and the Sergio Mendez Arceo prize for defending human rights.

Also in honor of Cahco's journalistic work in the face of persecution, during 2007 she received the Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International, an award from the International Foundation for Women in Media, the Courage in Journalism Award, and the Hellman / Hammett fellowship from Human Rights Watch.

In May 2008 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gave Cacho its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, for her journalistic work against a network of child traffickers in Mexico.

This month the Union of Journalists of Valencia, awarded the International Freedom of Expression 2008.

In November of this year Cacho received a Tucholsky scholarship from the hands of Swedish Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn, with whom Cacho met to present, before that forum, a paper on freedom of expression.

First Anniversary of the Resignation of Alicia Elena Perez Duarte

December, 2008 marks the one year anneversary o fthe resignation in protest of the Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence Against Women (FEVIM). Pérez Duarte left her post after the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation voted against recognizing the persecution of Lydia Cacho as having constituted an act the violated her 'fundamental guarantees' [of freedom].

Although Cacho filed a formal complaint of torture [while in state police detention] before a FEVIM panel chaired by Pérez Duarte, at this point in time, three years later, the case has [disappeared]... nobody knows what happened to the investigatory materials that were developed by FEVIM, that could have helped in the prosecution of the agents from Puebla state who tortured Cacho.

Neither the impeachment request against Mario Marin, nor the complaints presented to the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor for Journalists thrived. The state police agents who were sent to Cancun to arrest Cacho, and later tortured her while she was being transported from Cancun to Puebla on a journey of 30 hours, were acquitted by the second criminal court of Quintana Roo state.

Therefore, Lydia Cacho has put her last hope for 2009 in the international arena in the form of legal cases that she will resent to the European Parliament and to the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights.

“Mi querido poeta español Ángel Petisme escribió: Queda prohibido llorar sin aprender. Sí he llorado y con las lágrimas lavé la tristeza por mi país violento y corrupto. Pero he aprendido…las lágrimas sanaron mi dolor…me hicieron más fuerte…”

Este es un fragmento de una carta escrita por la periodista Lydia Cacho en febrero de 2006, dos meses después de su detención realizada el 16 de diciembre de 2005 por agentes judiciales de Puebla quienes se trasladaron hasta Cancún, Quintana Roo, para ejecutar la orden de aprehensión.

En el texto defiende su derecho a la libertad de expresión y la importancia que tiene para ella mostrar la legalidad de su trabajo periodístico.

“Voy a demostrar que mi trabajo periodístico tuvo como fin dar voz a las víctimas, voy a demostrar que no escribí ese reportaje para hacerle daño a mi acusador, porque el daño se lo hizo él mismo al cometer actos ilícitos que le costaron un oscuro historial que ya era público. Él, como todas nosotras, es el único responsable de sus actos”.

Lourdes Godínez Leal

CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 18, 2008


Added May 7, 2008

Mexico, Spain

Asegura Lydia Cacho que premios "no blindan"

Lydia Cacho: Receiving a Prize Does not “Shield Me”

Barcelona, Spain – Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho today received the House of Catalonia’s Freedom of Expression Award.  Accepting the prize,

Cacho declared that winning honors is no protection from the death threats she faces for denouncing pedophilia [specifically child sex trafficking] and corruption in Mexico.

Lydia Cacho:

“These awards don’t protect us, they are not bullet-proof vests shielding us from the death threats, but they do raise the ‘price’ a little for those who would like to eliminate[murder] us."

Cacho was also recently honored as the 2008 laureate of this year’s UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize during a ceremony in Mozambique.

These prizes honor a woman who faced torture and jail at the hands of Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla.

Her 2005 book “The Demons of the Eden, The Power That Protects Child Pornography”  lead to a long series of acts of retaliation against her by the [child sex] trafficking network that she exposed.

This year, Cacho has published “Memories of an Act of Infamy.”  In an intimate, diary-like tone, Cacho recounts, play by play, the acts of persecution and defamation that she suffered after publishing Demons of Eden.

For the past three years, Cacho has traveled by bulletproof car, accompanied by a permanent security detail.

Full Translation

- ElFinanciero.com.mx

(With inputs from

EFE and AYV)

May 06, 2008

 


Added April 18, 2008

Mexico - The World

Lydia Cacho

Photo:

Theresa Braine

 

Paris - Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro will be given the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize for her work exposing political corruption and organized crime, the UN cultural body said Wednesday.

“Through investigative journalism, she uncovered the involvement of businessmen, politicians and drug traffickers in prostitution and child pornography” in Mexico, said UNESCO in a statement announcing the award.

Her work continued “in the face of death threats, an attempt on her life and legal battles,” it added, noting that she had also been the victim of police harassment...

UNESCO’s director-general will hand over the $25,000 (€16,000) prize to Cacho in a ceremony to be held on World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in the Mozambican capital Maputo...

The news came as media freedom campaigners Reporters without Borders (RSF) condemned the killings Monday of two young women working for a community radio station in the south of the country.

RSF expressed its shock at the fatal shootings Monday of Teresa Bautista Flores, 24, and Felicitas Martinez, 20, at Putla de Guerrero, in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Both women worked for La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence) a community radio station serving the Trique indigenous community...

- Agence France-Presse

April 10, 2008

See Also:

Mexico / The World

2008 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Mexican reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

- UNESCO

April 9, 2008

 


Added March 14, 2008

Mexico

El Gobierno apoya la pedophilia

Mexico's government aids and abets child sexual exploitation

The recent [February, 2008] four-day visit to Mexico of Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, resulted in inspired comments about human rights conditions in the nation.

Among High Commissioner Arbour's statements:

1 - Arbour asked the government of Mexico to apply the same level of resources to dismantling child sex trafficking networks, and protecting women's rights in 'femicide' plagued Ciudad Juarez, as it now applies to its war against organized crime.

2 - During meetings with families of women and girls murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Arbour heard that none of them have access to the criminal justice system...

[The article's author:]

This (the above list) is our international image today.

Mexico protects the operations of the cruelest international pedophile [child sex trafficking] networks on earth. This occurs despite the clearest proof that this activity is occurring, such as in the case of Puebla governor Mario Marin's involvement in the abuse of journalist Lydia Cacho. And in a shame of shames, the Supreme court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) itself acted in a sinister manner to justify these acts...

We say to President Felipe Calderon... that a great scandal would follow if the Mexican government ignored High Commissioner Arbour's recommendations.

It is undeniable that today, both federal institutions and big business provide assistance to child sex trafficking networks.

If such a denial of the facts by the Calderon government lead to a slowing of international investment in Mexico, then that would cause [Calderon and big business leaders] to tremble [but not the outrage of allowing uncontested pedophile sex trafficking and femicide to continue].

- Manú Dornbierer

El Siglo de Durango

Durango, Mexico

Feb. 19, 2008

 


Added March 14, 2008

Mexico

ONU: Pide a periodista Lydia Cacho dejar México por seguridad

Mexico City - During her most recent visit to Mexico, Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked renowned journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho to leave Mexico to avoid additional violations of her basic human rights.

After the Supreme Court of Justice the Nation (SCJN) ruled that no grave violations of Cacho's human rights occurred [during her kidnapping and beating by corrupt police under the orders of Puebla state governor Mario Marín and accused millionaire child sex trafficker Kamel Nacif], Cacho declared that she had lost faith in Mexico's criminal justice system.

Cacho has announced that she will present her case to the European Tribunal in April, 2008.

During her Mexican visit the UN's Arbour offered Cacho her complete support to gain political asylum outside of Mexico and mount a legal case before international judicial bodies.

On February 13, 2008, Journalists Without Borders reported that Mexico had the highest number of murders of journalists (as retaliation for their work) in the Americas. During 2007 two journalists were murdered, three other communications workers were killed and 3 journalists 'went missing.'

- El Semanario

Mexico

Feb. 19, 2008


Added Feb. 03, 2008

Mexico

Guadalupe Morfín Otero

Guadalupe Morfín promete atender violencia contra mujeres y trata

Mexico City - Guadalupe Morfín Otero, the former head of the Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad Juarez, has just taken charge of a new office defending the rights of women created in Mexico's department of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

The Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons (FEDVCMTP) has been created to replace the former office of the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Violence against Women, headed by Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, who resigned in December, 2007.

The Citizen's Observatory on Femicide (OCF), a coalition of 40 organizations and 17 "federated entities"  demanded that the Attorney General present a strategic plan and a plan of accountability to govern the new office.

Toward that end, the OCF has requested a meeting with the Commission for Gender Equality and the the Femicide Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house of Congress) and the Attorney General of the Republic, Eduardo Medina Mora.

The feminists of the OCF insist that the multiple government agencies set up to address violence against women must be held accountable for achieving the goals defined in their charters.

The newly created entity, FEDVCMTP, expands the previous agency's role in fighting violence against women, to include enforcement of the new federal Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in November, 2007.

Morfín Otero stated that she will work to reorganize FEDVCMTP to assure an increase in the prosecution rates in regard to crimes against women.

Morfín Otero noted that she laments the fact that the Mexican government missed the opportunity to use the Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad Juarez, which she headed, to effectively address the issue of femicide in that city.

Next week Louise Arboure, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will visit Mexico.

- Carolina Velázquez

CIMAC Noticias

New for Women

Mexico City

Feb. 03, 2007

 


Added Dec. 20, 2007

Mexico

Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez Duarte openly declares her "indignation and disgust" at the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Lydia Cacho case

Alicia Pérez Duarte

Photo: GenteSur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renuncia fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho

At midday on Friday, December 14th Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned her post as director of the [federal] Attorney General's office of the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women [Fevim].

Pérez-Duarte's motive was "indignation and disgust" at the [recent] decision by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in the case of Lydia Cacho, in which the Court decided that "no grave" violations of Lydia Cacho's human rights had occurred.

In a meeting to announce her resignation to her staff, Pérez-Duarte stated: "If my voice breaks-up, you will understand why after you read the content [of my resignation letter]."  One of her staff recounts that during her statement, Pérez-Duarte declared that:

"I cannot work... where justices of the [Supreme] Court won't bring justice in cases of grave violations of human rights."

Pérez-Duarte went on to harshly criticize the fact that Mexico, despite being a signatory to a number of international human rights accords, does not live up to these standards, and allows the trampling of human rights in cases such as that of Lydia Cacho.

Witnesses stated that Pérez-Duarte moved out of her office to the applause and tears of her supporters.

Carlos Enrique Badillo, general coordinator of the office, will be acting special prosecutor until Guadalupe Morfín, chosen to replace Pérez-Duarte, takes charge. Morfín was the Special Commissioner to Prevent and Eradicate Gender Violence in Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua state (starting in 2003), and had been named head of the Human Rights Commission of the state of Jalisco in 1997.

- Gabriela Gutiérrez M.

El Universal

Mexico City

Dec. 15, 2007


Added Dec. 19, 2007

Mexico

Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez Duarte resigns in reaction to the Mexican Supreme Court's decision favoring Puebla's Governor Marín and Pedophile Networks

“No podía seguir adentro sin decir nada”

"I couldn't just continue to work on the inside and not say anything"

Mexico's director of the special prosecutor's office for violent crimes against women (Fevim), Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte has resigned her position in the federal office of the Attorney General of the Republic.

During a recent interview with Cimacnoticias, Pérez Duarte indicated that several recent events [setbacks in women's legal rights] lead to her decision. These included: 1) the inability to prosecute police officers in the city of Atenco, who raped 26 women (according to the federal Human Rights Commission) during action to control a street protest in 2006; 2) the Attorney General's decision to withdraw participation by her office (Fevim) in the National System to Prevent, Erradicate and Sanction Violence Against Women (SNPASEVAW); and 3) the recent decision by the Supreme Court in the case pedophile networks denounced by journalist Lydia Cacho.

Pérez Duarte stated that "these are very worrisome develop-ments that I could not sit back and see develop while continuing to earn a paycheck."

"I could not continue inside [of the Attorney General's Office] and say nothing, and pretend that I could defend women in the face of these events. For that reason, I am leaving."

In the Atenco case, 13 of the 26 women raped by police over two days during street protests in that city filed federal criminal complaints based on a theory of torture, as covered by the Istanbul Protocol.  Two of those cases did not meet the Istanbul standard.  The other 13 cases did not qualify for federal prosecution.

Pérez Duarte said that indeed, the victims had been tortured in this incident.  She has left a strong case for prosecution in the hands of Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza.

Pérez Duarte noted that last November 29th she was notified of a decision by the Attorney General's office (the PGR), addressed to the [federal] National Institute for Women, which is charged with enforcing the recently passed national General Law to Provide Access for Women to a Life Without Violence... that Fevim's involvement had been halted. Pérez Duarte: "If, within the PGR, there exists an entity (Fevim) that has specialization in crimes against women, which has been a catalyst to the SNPASEVAW, how can the AG take that voice away from us from one day to the next?"

In regard to the Supreme Court's decision in the Lydia Cacho case, Pérez Duarte state: "I am resigning because of my concern with impunity.  The gravest impact of the Court's decision is that it has left the entire world seeing the absolute defenselessness of women and the absolute impunity which [criminal] aggressors enjoy.

Pérez Duarte: "There will be time enough for us to continue generating awareness, to network, and to organize to fight against this."

- Lourdes Godínez Leal
CIMAC Noticias
Mexico City
Dec. 18, 2007

 


Added Dec. 08, 2007

Mexico

The Demons of Impunity: Alive and Well in Mexico

Los demonios de la impunidad, vivitos en México

...The crisis of legitimacy facing the three branches of federal power in Mexico reached a new peak this past November 29th, when the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) opted to exonerate the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marín, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which governed Mexico between 1929 and 2000.

Lydia Cacho writes...: "Edith was the first victim to have the strength to denounce Jean Succar Kuri for rape, corruption of minors and child pornography. I continue to consider her to be a heroine. Thanks to her, other victims have dared to come forward to stop this pedophile, who opening declared in a secret tape recording made by Edith and broadcast on television news, that he liked to rape little girls as young as age four."

...Thousands of Mexicans have heard... the conversation recorded... between Governor Marín and [alleged pedophile ring leader] Kamel Nacif. In that recording, Marín informed his friend Nacif that: "We have arrested that old bitch [Lydia Cacho] and beaten her head." In the recording, Nacif proceeded to thank Governor Marín, [and] promised him two bottles of cognac...

...Lydia Cacho: "I consider the decision of the Court to be one that creates grave consequences for the future." "The most notable event that occurred during the Court session... was the smile, the enjoyment, and the burst of laughter expressed by the Court's president [chief justice] (Guillermo) Ortiz Mayagoitia, just minutes after giving his vote. The Court has shielded [the network of] impunity and corruption between a state governor and the protector of a network of pedophiles and child pornographers..."

- Sergio Rodriguez
Publico.es

Spain

Dec. 5, 2007


Added Dec. 06, 2007

Mexico

La decisión del 29 de noviembre de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación respecto al caso de Lydia Cacho y Mario Marín produce dos efectos mortales para un Estado de Derecho: alienta la impunidad y abre la puerta al autoritarismo más atroz en perjuicio del pueblo, afirma en un comunicado Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, presidenta de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos en el Senado.

**

In a December 5th, 2007 press release, Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, president of the Human Rights Commission of the Senate of the Republic, declared that the recent decision by the Supreme Court (SCJN) in the Cacho-Marín case had created two fatal blows against the rule of law: first, by giving a new breath of life to impunity; and second, by opening the door to the most atrocious form of authoritarianism possible, one that works against the interests of the population.

Ibarra de Piedra, a social activist and former presidential candidate asked:

"How can these [six] justices show their faces in public? How are they going to explain that they preferred to leave in power a ruler [Governor Marín] who had boasted about his recently committed abuses?

 - CIMAC Noticias

Dec.05, 2007

Mexico


Added Dec. 05, 2007

Mexico

A new coalition: "We Simply Won't Accept It" rises up to bring the Lydia Cacho Case to the International Level

Ministros “blindaron” a Marín y desprotegieron a infancia: OSC

Mexico City – The recent Supreme Court decision in the Cacho-Marín case has effectively shielded Governor Mario Marin [of Puebla state].  As a result, neither the Cacho case nor any future request to have the Court address the issue of criminal child sex trafficking networks in Mexico will ever be taken seriously.

In the aftermath, children’s rights organizations, including the Red por los derechos de la infancia (The Network for the Rights of Childhood in Mexico), The Center For Social Communication (Cencos), Catholics for Choice and Common Childhood… have united to form a new campaign “We Simply Will Not Accept It.” 

...Alberto Athié, of the Citizen’s Initiative for Democratic Dialogue, said that the SCJN represented, until its failure a few days ago, the “the last hope” for access to justice for Mexicans. Athié said that the Court has grown distant from citizens, and noted that “State powers are in the service of the mafia.”

...The activists agree that the Supreme Court has sent a clear message that impunity remains intact, and those who dare to denounce child sex trafficking networks will face danger.  The worst aspect of the case, they noted, is that the Court has left vulnerable girls and boys who are at risk of exploitation.

- CIMAC Noticias

Nov. 30, 2007

Send an e-mail today to the The Network for the Rights of Childhood in Mexico. 

The petition protesting the decision in this case will be handed over at the Supreme Court Building in Mexico City at Noon on Thursday, December 6, 2007.


Added Dec. 01, 2007

Mexico

Cacho-Marín Case

Lydia Cacho

Editorial de La Jornada: Infamia en la Corte

La exoneración de Marín se da, en primer lugar, a contracorriente de una opinión pública generalizada que, a más de año y medio de conocer las ignominiosas conversaciones que el mandatario poblano sostuvo con el empresario Kamel Nacif, no ha cesado de condenar y de clamar justicia por una conjura evidente, urdida desde los altos círculos del poder político y económico, para golpear a una periodista.

Editorial by major Mexico City newspaper La Jornada:

- Infamy in the Supreme Court

Excerpt...

The exoneration of Puebla state governor Mario Marín runs against the general current of public opinion.

For the last year and a half, since the public airing of secretly recorded tapes in which Puebla's governor conspired with [alleged child sex trafficking kingpin] Kamel Nacif, public sentiment has never ceased to clamor for justice against this obvious plot, organized in the highest circles of political and economic power, to attack Lydia Cacho.

We cannot forget that the infamy approved by the Supreme Court in this case has at its base the ongoing exchange of favors between [National Action Party-PAN] President Felipe Calderon, weak since the beginning of his term due to questions about his legitimacy and election fraud.., the state party bosses of the the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the PRI leadership in Congress.  From the last year of the Vincente Fox administration to the present, the PRI has been granted impunity in its actions in exchange for accepting the legitimacy of President Calderon.

[Note that accused Governor Mario Marín of Puebla is one of the PRI's state party bosses].

We salute the valor of Supreme Court justices Genaro Góngora, José Ramón Cossío, José de Jesús Gudiño and especially Juan Silva Meza [author of the investigatory commission report recommending Marín's conviction], who honored their commitment to uphold the law, even while their fellow justices mocked them, and despite their inability to block a decision in this case that in fact and in regard to the Court's credibility as a impartial arbiter of the law is, simply, catastrophic.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 30, 2007


Added Dec. 01, 2007

Mexico

Governor cleared in rights violation case in appalling outcome for press freedom and human rights

Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep dismay after Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ruled narrowly that there was “no serious violation of the individual rights” of freelance journalist Lydia Cacho when she was arrested and held in December 2005 on the orders of governor of Pueblo state, Mario Marín…

“Lydia was the target of constant threats, attacks, and murder… ever since her 2004 exposure of the existence of a pedophile network implicating top-level figures,” the worldwide press freedom organization said.

“The SCJN has given a real boost to impunity by clearing the governor of Puebla, Mario Marín, on this point, despite overwhelming evidence and daring to say, against all the evidence, that Lydia Cacho’s constitutional rights had not been trampled on,” said the organization…

This decision goes against the report submitted to the court by [Supreme Court] Judge Juan Silva Meza on 26 November, in which he said he believed that there was “an agreement between the authorities of Puebla and Quintana Roo [states] to violate journalist Lydia Cacho’s individual rights.” The governor, the prosecutor general, the president of the Puebla higher court, four judges and several government officials were all accused in the report.

- Reporters Without Borders

Nov. 30, 2007


Added Nov. 30, 2007

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Case - Pedophile Impunity Remains Unchecked as Supreme Court Finds Governor Marín Innocent of Conspiracy

Caso Lydia Cacho: No existe violación grave de garantías individuales, Suprema Corte

Con posturas encontradas, como en las sesiones previas, las y los ministros de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) concluyeron hoy que no existió violación grave de garantías individuales de la periodista Lydia Cacho, con lo que el gobernador de Puebla Mario Marín quedó exonerado de haber “confabulado” en contra de ella.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 29, 2007

Mexico City - Mexico’s Supreme Court disappointed human rights groups Thursday when it voted not to uphold an earlier decision according to which activist Lydia Cacho was the victim of trumped-up legal charges and human rights abuses aimed at punishing her for exposing an alleged child sex ring.

By six votes against four, the Court, which was investigating the case at the request of Congress, concluded that Governor Mario Marín of the central Mexican state of Puebla as well as a number of prosecutors and judges could not be found guilty due to "lack of evidence."

The magistrates said they were unable to use as evidence around a dozen telephone calls that were taped without a legal order and leaked to the press.

In the obscenity-laced conver-sations, which were aired by the media early last year, a voice identified as that of Marín can be heard saying he got the police to arrest Cacho for implicating businessmen close to him in her 2005 book "Demons of Eden", about a supposed child prostitution ring in the southeastern resort town of Cancún.

"What the Court just did is appalling," said Cacho, after hearing the news of the resolution. "The message to Mexico is that there is no chance for anyone who is a victim of human rights violations."

"A governor guilty of protecting a network of pedophiles is being declared innocent," the journalist said.

[Despite the Court's final decision...] Supreme Court magistrate Juan Silva Meza had released a report Monday stating that at least 30 public officials, including Marín, conspired in the abuse of power, peddling of influence and violations of the rights of Cacho.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 28, 2007

LibertadLatina

We at Libertad Latina find the decision by Mexico's Supreme Court in the Cacho-Marín case to be appalling.  We note that reporting by CIMAC Noticias indicates that a core block of justices opposed accepting the charge to investigate Puebla's Governor Mario Marín from the very start.  This same "block" of justices voted to acquit Marín and his 30 co-conspirators who did the bidding of one of the most powerful child sex trafficking cartels in Mexico.

Shame on them!

The whole world is watching!

Women and men around the world must respond to this continuing outrage, as corrupt officials convert the decency in Mexican society from that of a democracy into a that of a virtual 'pedofilocracy!'

The June, 2007 comments of former PRD  legislator and women' rights advocate Rosa María Avilés in regard to the Cacho-Marín case are appropriate to consider again at this time.

See below...

Added June 29, 2007

Mexico

Ex-Congresswoman accuses Mexico's Supreme Court of Working to Protect Politicians and Business Leaders Linked to Lucrative Child Sex Trafficking Networks

SCJN antepondrá intereses económicos y políticos sobre la ley

 

Rosa María Avilés, a former PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution) legislator:

The ministers of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) have decided to postpone their review of the case of [anti child exploitation activist and author] Lydia Cacho Ribiero, with “indelible” arguments, because they have decided that economic and political ties to pornography and pedophilia are more important than the violations of the individual rights of the journalist [Lydia Cacho].

- Lourdes Loyal Godínez

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

06-27-2007


Added Nov. 29, 2007

Mexico

La Corte debe incluir pederastia en caso Marín: CDHDF

Commenting on a recent decision by Mexico’s Supreme Court in the Lydia Cacho case, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, ombudsman for the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (Mexico City) declared that it is imperative that the Court [change its opinion and decide to] include an investigation of pedophile rings and child sex trafficking and pornography networks in its corruption investigation against Puebla state governor Mario Marín.

Alvarez Icaza stated that the Court’s November 26, 2007 decision excluding these issues from investigation in the case did not send a very good message [to the public] in regard to their desire to provide an integrated approach to the problem, and that the announce-ment could be interpreted as a affirmation of [criminal] impunity.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 28, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court rejects including pedophile networks in investigation of government attacks on Lydia Cacho's human rights

En el caso Cacho-Marín, ministros no investigarán pederastia

In its second day of current deliberations in regard to the case of Oaxaca state government involvement in human rights abuses against journalist / activist Lydia Cacho, a 6 vote majority of Mexico's eleven member Supreme Court has decided that it will exclude pedophile networks as a line of investigation.  The Court will focus upon whether the governor and other officials in Puebla state conspired to deny journalist / activist Lydia Cacho her fundamental human rights.

When the Supreme Court set up its investigatory commission into official corruption in January of 2007 [at the request of the Congress of the Republic], the Court had left open the possibility that it would investigate child sex trafficking networks [that moved state officials into corrupt actions on their behalf].

The Court is currently deciding whether secretly recorded taped conversations between Puebla's governor Mario Marín and alleged child sex trafficker and millionaire Kamal Nacif [in which they plot to have Cacho jailed, raped and beaten], will be admissible as evidence.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007

See also:

SCJN - Details of deliberations in the Cacho-Marín case.  (In Spanish)

- The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007

LibertadLatina note:

The Supreme Court of Mexico may, under the Constitution, be called upon to set up investigations in major cases of government corruption.

LibertadLatina

Journalist / activist Lydia Cacho is railroaded by a corrupt legal process for exposing child sex trafficking networks In Mexico.


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court seeks to charge governor of Puebla state for illegal detention of Lydia Cacho

The Supreme Court yesterday examined a report accusing Mario Marín, governor of Puebla state in the southeast, of responsibility for the illegal arrest of journalist Lydia Cacho, in December 2005, after she brought out a book exposing a pedophile network which operated with the complicity of political leaders and businessmen.

The report, drawn up by the judge Juan Silva implicates the governor, the prosecutor general, president of the Puebla higher court, four judges and several government officials, stating that “there was an agreement between the authorities in Puebla and Quintana Roo in the east of the country to violate the individual rights of the journalist Lydia Cacho”.

Cacho was arrested in Cancún, the state capital of Quintana Roo, and taken by car to Puebla where she was released on bail. The journalist said she had been threatened and psychologically tortured during the journey. Recordings of telephone conversations between Mario Marín and businessman Kamel Nacif, named in the pedophile case, hear them apparently suggesting that the journalist should be raped during the journey.

- Journalists Without Borders

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

International Women's Media Foundation Gives Lydia Cacho 2007 Courage Award

The International Women's Media Foundation held its annual Courage in Journalism events in October, 2007, recognizing women journalists who demonstrate exceptional bravery in reporting.

At ceremonies in New York on Oct. 23 and Los Angeles on Oct. 30, the IWMF honored Lydia Cacho of Mexico [among others]...

From the IWMF...

A correspondent for CIMAC news agency and a feature writer for Dia Siete magazine, Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has endured numerous death threats because of her work reporting on domestic violence, organized crime and pedophilia.

...In 2004, Cacho published Los Demonios del Edén [The Demons of Eden], a book based on her research on child pornography among Mexican politicians and businessmen.

A year later, she was arrested on libel charges and driven to a jail 20 hours from her home in Cancún, with officers hinting that there was a plan to rape her...

...In February 2006, a recording of a conversation between a businessman and a Mexican governor discussing a plan to have her arrested and raped was obtained by the media. Several years earlier, in 1998, Cacho was raped and beaten in the bathroom of a bus station. She suspects the attack was related to her work.

On May 8 [2007], Cacho alleged that her car was tampered with in an attempt to cause an accident... The attack came just days after Cacho testified at the trial of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, one of the men she wrote about in her book...  Kuri complained that he was in jail because of Cacho and that he would do away with her.

- International Women's Media Foundation

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

State court system subjects women to double victimization

Chihuahua: Justicia hace víctimas a mujeres que denuncian delitos sexuales

In Chihuahua state, women [and underage girls] who report sexual assault run the risk of being doubly victimized due to the treatment they receive, and the decisions made by judicial authorities. 

Several cases show the ignorance of judges in regard to the circle of violence which many women face, and the fact that it is not easy to escape from [constant contact with] your assailant, notes Luz Estela Castro, head of the Center for Women’s Human Rights (CDHM) in Chihuahua.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 27, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court sends result of investigation into Lydia Cacho case to Congress

Concierto de autoridades para perjudicar a Lydia acho: ministro Góngora

Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) justice Genaro Góngora Pimentel has announced the results of the Court’s investigation into Oaxaca state government involvement in the arrest and harassment of child sexual exploitation advocate and journalist Lydia Cacho.

Minister Góngora Pimentel stated that the Court’s investigatory commission has supported the June 26, 2007 findings by SCJN Minister Juan Silva Meza, which concluded that Lydia Cacho had been subjected to serious violations of her individual liberties.  Minister Silva Meza found that Lydia Cacho was in fact the victim of psychological torture during her police detention and transfer from her home in Cancun to Puebla. 

Minister Góngora Pimentel also found that a secretly recorded, damaging tape recordings of Puebla state governor Mario Mario Marín and accused child sex trafficker Kamel Nacif (in which they conspired to have Cacho beaten and raped in jail [events that did not occur]), may be used in the investigation.

Minister Góngora Pimentel supported Minister Silva Meza’s June 26, 2007 finding, in as much as “there was a concerted effort by [state government] authorities to do harm to Lydia Cacho.  These efforts directly involved the governor of the state of Puebla.”

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 21, 2007


Added Nov. 24, 2007

Mexico

Succar Kuri: historias de un pederasta

Pedofilia avanza ante leyes anacrónicas

Pedophilia grows in the face of anachro-nistic laws

Perla, one of the first young victims of millionaire child sex trafficker Jean Succar Kuri, was smart enough to pay back her victimizer by secretly recording him in the act of confessing his crimes against children.

In the video tape, Succar Kuri admits his sexual appetite for very young girls. He is shown insisting that, if Perla really loved him, she would go out and entice more young girls to be his victims.

Unfortunately for Succar Kuri, Mexican journalist and women's rights activist Lydia Cacho, in her book The Demons in Eden, exposed the elaborate child sex trafficking network set up by Succar Kuri and his associates.  The story gained widespread international attention given that leading politicians and business leaders were tied to the conspiracy.

An investigation by the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) tracked Succar Kuri's network from Mexico to Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain.

Eight child victims have recorded testimony in a current case against Succar Kuri, and authorities are aware of another 40 victims who do not dare to testify.

These testimonies detail how Succar Kuri brought girls from poor families to his luxury villas in Cancun, raped them, and forced them to perform sex acts with each other in front of him, his millionaire co-conspirator Kamel Nacif, and, it is alleged, the executive secretary of the National System of Public Security, Miguel Ángel Yunes.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 21, 2007


Added June 10, 2007

United States

La periodista y escritora Lydia Cacho Ribeiro recibirá el premio “Valentía en el Periodismo”, que cada año otorga la Fundación Internacional de Mujeres en los Medios de Comunicación (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés) a mujeres periodistas que han mostrado una fuerza de carácter e integridad en el desempeño de su trabajo.

'The International Women in Media Foundation will present award for journalistic bravery to Mexican anti-exploitation activist Lydia Cacho.'

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

June 8, 2007

Added June 10, 2007

Mexico

International Women in Media Foundation Speaks Out for Mexican Journalist

Dear President Calderón: We are writing on behalf of the International Women’s Media Foundation to express our alarm concerning Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho.

Cacho’s car was sabotaged May 8. Cacho was also threatened earlier this month when she testified at the trial of Succar Kuri, a pedophile about whom she has written and at whose trial she was testifying. During the trial, Kuri’s lawyer attacked Cacho for writing her book, The Devils of Eden. Kuri complained that he was in jail because of Cacho and that he would do away with her.

Cacho’s advocacy work and investigative journalism have drawn attention to the rights of women and children in Mexico. In particular, she is the founder and director of the Centro Integral de Atencion a las Mujeres in Cancun, a crisis center and shelter for victims of sex crimes and gender-based violence. In standing up for women, Cacho has put her life on the line and has endured death threats and rape.

- International Women's Media Foundation

May 11, 2007

 


Mid February, 2006

Mexico

The War Against The Terrorism Of  Impunity Continues To Heat Up!!

Leading Mexico City Paper Exposes 12 Tapes Of Corrupt Plot To Silence And Rape Activist / Journalist Lydia Cacho

LibertadLatina Note:

La Jornada, one of  Mexico City's leading papers,  presented the existence of secretly recorded tapes implicating numerous officials and businessmen in corrupt acts in a February 14, 2006 cover story. 

The NBC/Telemundo TV network's prime time news program "Al Rojo Vivo" (Red Hot News), and the NBC/Telemundo network's nightly news broadcast on Feb. 14th, 2006 also covered this story.

We will translate and present the full story in English in the near future. 

See translated story excerpts below.

- LibertadLatina

Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 14, 2006


See Also:

Poder y Pederastia

Power & Pedophilia

La Jornada Newspaper's archive on the Lydia Cacho case.

Cimac Noticias archive on Lydia Cacho's case.

 


Added May 26, 2006

Mexico

Cacho Confronts Nacif Over Libel Charges

The accused journalist and the Puebla business-man square off in a judicial hearing on the allegation she damaged his reputation.

Cancún - A muckraking journalist who wrote a book about the sexual-tourism trade of Cancún involving minors came face-to-face here in court with a textile magnate known as "The Denim King" who accused her of damaging his reputation for linking him to the sordid trade.

"This trial against me is a subterfuge that defends pedophile Jean Succar Kuri," writer Lydia Cacho said in a court session here Wednesday.

- El Universal

Mexico City

May 26, 2006

 


Added May 25, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Rebuffs Criminal Accusation By Alleged Child Trafficking Kingpin Kamel Nacif

Activist faces her accuser in court session.

Lydia Cacho denounces the lack of impartiality in the process.

Rechaza Lydia Cacho la demanda de Kamel Nacif.

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, who exposed a network of child sex traffickers in the book "The demons in Paradise," stood face to face against businessman Kamel Nacif in a court.  Nacif has accused Cacho of defamation [a criminal offense in Mexico] in that case.  During the court session, Nacif ratified the accusation by defamation against the journalist and presented evidence in favor of his case.  Among these were statements by the alleged victims of acts of child exploitation.