About Lydia Cacho
Lydia Cacho (1963) is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist against violence. In 2000 she founded and directs a high security shelter for battered and sexually exploited women and children in Cancun, Mexico. Ms. Cacho is the first woman in Mexican history that has taken to trial an organized crime ring of child pornography, sexual tourism and women's trafficking. She filed a successful counter-suit for corruption and for violation of her human rights. In this regard, Ms. Cacho is the first woman in Mexico who has ever filed a federal suit against a Governor, a District Attorney, and a judge for corruption and attempted rape in prison.Ms. Cacho has been imprissioned for her work and put her life on the line on behalf of children and women in Mexico. As a consequence of her unwavering defense of human rights and journalistic freedom, her own life is repeatedly threatened. Due to her work a ring leader of child pornography is in prision and more than 60 girls where released from a child pornography and sex tourism exploitation gang. Despite these dangers, she continues to champion the advancement of human rights for all children and women because she believes that every single person deserves to live a life of dignity. She lives under constant death threats, nonetheless she is working with teenage girls in the “I am NOT for sale” campaign in Mexico.
She has published seven books, including “Memorias de una infamia” a Bio that narrates her life, incarceration and ordeal against organized crime. One of her books is the award-wining Manual to prevent, detect and heal child sexual abuse (Con mi hij@ no) She is coauthor in several collective books. Currently she is a columnist on El Universal, the main national newspaper in Mexico and a workshop teacher on successful approaches to help trafficking victims, and Community Schools for Peace: a holistic approach to negotiate conflicts. Her new book Slaves of power: a world map of sex traffickers was released in many countries around the world during 2010 (Will be released in the U.S March 2010)
Some awards she has received:
Human Rights Watch /Premio Nacional de Periodismo/ Ginetta Sagan, Amnesty Award 2007/ OXFAM award/ 2007 IWMF award/ CNN Heroe/ UNESCO- Guillermo Cano freedom of expression award/ The Wallemberg medal/ The Tucholsky Award/ PEN Canada Award/ UNANIMA prize./ The Harold Pinter U.K PEN Award.
She is goodwill U.N Ambassador for the Blue heart campaign to abolish sex slavery in Spain.
(The project to film a move about her life has faced difficulties due to political threats to investors in Mexico.)