Rep. Adam Smith continues to push for release of clinic client Nestora Salgado
(Aug. 5, 2014) Congressman Adam Smith continues to push for the release of Nestora Salgado, who is represented by the law school's International Human Rights Clinic. Congressman Smith today spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne about Nestora Salgado's case. Ms. Salgado is a resident of Renton, who was arrested for her leadership in a community police group in her home of Olinalá, Guerrero, a state that 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," Smith said. "Not only have the federal courts acknowledged this, but a federal judge issued an ordered 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."
Congressman Smith sent a letter to Secretary Kerry April 18 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 supporters at a press conference at the law schoolto bring attention to her case and advocate for her release.
Professor Tom Antkowiak, who directs the International Human Rights Clinic, has led international litigation on Salgado's behalf.