Female Mexican Police Officer Forced into Hiding
Margarita González Carpio, a female Mexican police officer, has been forced into hiding for resisting sexual advances from her superior. On September 24, 2011, Salvador Cruz Neri drove to Ms. Carpio’s house and demanded that Ms. Carpio engage in sexual relations with him. When she refused, he threatened to kill her and proceeded to kick and punch her until she fell unconscious.
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Ms. Carpio has been denied the right to press charges and gain protection. No charges have been laid against Mr. Neri, as both the Federal Public Minister and the Deputy Representative of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Querétaro claim personal ties of friendship with the aggressor. Ms. Carpio is now in hiding due to personal and dangerous threats as well as the authorities’ refusal to investigate these acts of violence or grant her proper protection.
Just Associates (JASS) Mesoamerica is urging that appropriate authorities take immediate action to put an end to the threats and harassment that Ms. Carpio has endured, as well as guarantee her right to life and non-discrimination. Steps should also be taken to provide protection for Ms. Carpio in her place of work as she is required to her report back to her immediate supervisor (the aggressor) and continue her work after her medically mandated recovery period. JASS Mesoamerica ensures, “we will remain vigilant to the measures taken in response to this and other cases of violence against women in Mexico”.
Read the statement released by human rights organizations demanding her protection, as well as justice.
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Demand an immediate, exhaustive and impartial investigation by writing to the Attorney General of the Republic:
Marisela Morales Ibáñez
Av. Paseo de la reforma 211-213
Col. Cuauhtémoc, Del. Cuauhtémoc
México D.F., C.P. 06500, México
FAX: +52 55 5346 0908 (keep trying and ask for “fax”)
Salutation: Dear Attorney General