When journalist Lydia Cacho picked up
the phone on June 17, she heard a low, gritty voice on the other end.
"Shut your mouth or we'll kill you."
As one of Mexico's leading investigative
journalists and women's rights advocates, Lydia has been on a collision
course with some of the most powerful men in her country.
Her enemies tried to rape her to force her into silence. But she remained undeterred,
and opened a shelter for battered women. She went on to write not one,
but two books exposing child pornography and sex trafficking rings in
Cancun. She remains more resolved than ever to protect children from
We will never stop fighting for people like Lydia, who risk their lives to shine a light on human suffering. On Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, we honor champions of humanity like Lydia and the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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You may never really know the people you
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"You and I might live miles apart, but our activism unites us. Human rights for all people -- it's why we fight. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
struggle for justice and liberty does not end when the prison door
opens. It ends when the door closes, to everyone, forever.
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