Today, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne, about Nestora Salgado’s case.  Ms. Salgado is a resident of Renton, WA who was arrested for her leadership in a community police group  in her home of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero, which has a long tradition of legally-recognized community self-defense groups.
 
“Nestora was unjustly arrested for exercising the rights guaranteed to her indigenous community by the Mexican constitution,” said Congressman Adam Smith.  “Not only have the federal courts acknowledged this, but a federal judge issued an order for her immediate release from the maximum security prison she is in since she is no longer being charged for federal crimes.  Despite this ruling, she remains detained in unacceptable conditions and has not been granted due process.  The United States must do more to pressure the Guerrero state courts to schedule a trial immediately or release her per the federal courts’ decision.”
 
On April 18th, Congressman Smith sent a letter to Secretary Kerry urging him to ensure that Nestora is afforded due process and bringing attention to her deplorable prison conditions. He also joined Nestora’s family and legal representation at Seattle University in a press conference to bring attention to her case and advocate for her release.