Holiday Collection for Nestora Salgado and the Jailed Community Police

The U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado has launched a Holiday Collection to provide much needed material support to Nestora Salgado and eight Guerrero community police, including Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina— all jailed for defending indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico.

The good news in 2015 was the transfer of Nestora and the community police last May from high security prisons to jails with less repressive conditions and access to their families, attorneys and the press as a result Nestora’s hunger strike. This brought attention to Nestora’s case and boosted the growing international campaign calling for the freedom of all political prisoners in Mexico.

The bad news is that Nestora and the community police leaders remain imprisoned under onerous conditions.

Nestora’s family has to pay for her personal care items, telephone calls, medicine, nutritious food and cleaning supplies for her prison hospital room. Recently she had a tumor removed from her face and was forced to pay for the pathology report.

The indigenous community police officers all have wives and children who live in conditions of dire poverty.

How you can help

Join the U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado in supporting this Holiday Collection effort.

We are asking you to help in two ways:

  • Contribute money for the purchase of telephone cards so Nestora can continue to give phone interviews and publicize her plight beyond the prison walls of the Centro Feminil de Readaptación Social in Tepepan, a suburb of Mexico City.

Make a donation to the Freedom for Nestora Fund here online by pushing this button or following this link to

Or make out a check to RW/Nestora Fund and mail it to Freedom for Nestora Fund, 5018 Rainier Ave. So, Seattle, WA 98118.

Send money to buy yarn. The community police need yarn to make handicraft items they can sell to produce income for the wives and children who struggle to make ends meet.

To direct your gift to this end, earmark your check for “yarn donation” and send it to the address above.


Nestora, Arturo, Gonzalo and the other community police have bravely defended their people and persevered under very difficult conditions.  They stand on the front lines in the fight for indigenous and social rights. They deserve our support.



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WORT FM “Nestora Salgado And The Struggle To Fight Against Corruption”

Today Karma Chavez talks with Grisel Rodriguez, daughter of Nestora Salgado, the indigenous Mexican woman imprisoned for fighting state violence.

Nestora Salgado is a naturalized U.S. born in Guerrero, Mexico. The indigenous activist moved to the United States in 1991, and returned two decades to help lead a rebellion against drug traffickers and corrupt local authorities.

Salgado has been detained by the Mexico government in a high-security prison for over two years now, after standing up to state violence and corruption in her hometown of Guerrero. She is currently being threatened with solitary confinement.

Grisel Rodriquez works with the Free Nestora Campaign, which was started by Salgado’s family in 2013. The Free Nestora Committee works in collaboration with the Comité Nestora Libre in Mexico, and demands freedom in several states in Mexico as well as Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

Source: WORT FM

La Jornada: “Solicita EU a gobernador de Guerrero interceder para liberar a Nestora Salgado”

Chilpancingo, 10 de noviembre.- El gobernador de Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo Flores, informó ayer que la embajada de Estados Unidos solicitó la intervención de la administración estatal para que se logre poner en libertad a Nestora Salgado García, ex comandanta de la Policía Comunitaria en Olinalá, quien cuenta con doble nacionalidad (mexicana y estadunidense) y está presa desde hace más de dos años.


Chilpancingo, November 10 – The governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo Flores, reported yesterday that the US Embassy asked for his intervention to free Nestora Salgado García, the ex commander of the Olinalá Community Police, who has US and Mexican citizenship, and has been jailed for more than two years.

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Des Informémonos: “Nestora Salgado llama a acción ‘decidida y contundente’ por los presos políticos del país”

Desde la cárcel de Tepepan, en donde permanece recluida, Nestora Salgado García llama a los familiares de todos los presos políticos del país, así como a todos los ciudadanos conscientes a emprender una acción “decidida y contundente, dentro de la ley”, para lograr la libertad de los luchadores sociales criminalizados.

El 27 de octubre, día en que el pueblo del que es originaria (Olinalá, Guerrero) despertó y se levantó podría ser la fecha para realizar dicha acción en la ciudad de México y en otros lugares, señala en una carta. “Se trata –precisa– de organizar una jornada de luchas enérgicas que hagan resonar la voz de los que estamos injustamente apresados”.

Sanjuana Martínez: “Nestora Salgado, 2 años sin debido proceso”

Las declaraciones firmadas de las madres de las menores supuestamentesecuestradas por Nestora Salgado demuestran que fueron ellas las que solicitaron la intervención de la comandanta de la policía comunitaria para encontrar yreducar a sus hijas.

Los documentos de la causa penal 05/2014-I, a los que ha tenido acceso La Jornada, demuestran que Maritza Meza Castro y Susana Baltazar Sosa, madres y tías de las menores, denunciaron el 27 de octubre de 2012, ante el Consejo Social Olinalteco, la desaparición de las jóvenes.

Las menores Yesenia Castillo Meza, Betsabé Rubí Baltazar Sosa, Sofía Navarrete Baltazar y Dulce Burgos, de 12 a 16 años de edad, primero andabandescarriadas, pero después fueron víctimas de una red de trata con fines de explotación sexual que opera en Guerrero y Puebla con la supuesta connivencia de las autoridades.

Seattle Globalist: “Meeting La Comandante: a jailhouse interview with Nestora Salgado”

For the past two years, though, Salgado has been stuck behind bars, accused by the state of Guerrero of kidnapping.

Guerrero state attorney general Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz and other Mexican authorities maintain Salgado crossed the line when the community police force she led detained three cocaine-dealing teenagers and a town official who Salgado claims worked closely with the cartels. Groups such as Mexico SOS that advocate for kidnapping victims and their families have argued that Salgado should not be released without a trial.

But among those demanding her release are dozens of human rights advocates, recently elected Guerrero Gov. Rogelio Ortega Martinez, and 13 Mexican senators, along with her supporters and family in Washington state. Mexico’s federal courts dropped similar charges filed against her, according to her lawyers, but state prosecutors in Guerrero continue to pursue it.

Full interview.

The Takeaway: “American Jailed in Mexico for Taking on the Drug Cartels”

Nestora Salgado is a mother of three who left her hometown of Olinala, Mexico as a teenager 20 years ago for a new life in the United States. She became an American citizen and worked three jobs to provide for her family. But after a car accident in 2002 nearly killed her, she quit working and moved back to her hometown just as drug cartel rivalries became more violent.

The cartels fought for territory around Olinala, subjecting residents to kidnappings, extortion, and murder. Outraged, Nestora became the leader of a community police force that took on the cartels by arresting murderers and drug dealers. She operated under legally recognized community policing rules that were enacted to protect indigenous populations after a massacre of peasants by state security forces in 1995.

Two years ago she was arrested by Mexican authorities.

Full story.

KUOW: “Renton Grandmother in Mexican Prison: ‘I Need Help’”

Human rights activist Nestora Salgado raised her family in Renton. She’s a U.S. citizen and a human rights activist.

But most people know her now as a political prisoner. She’s been held in a Mexican prison for more than two years, with limited outside contact.

Recently, Salgado was transferred to a lower security facility, and allowed more visitors and phone calls.

KUOW’s Liz Jones met up with Salgado’s husband for an update on her case.

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BBC: “Nestora Salgado, la polémica ‘comandanta’ mexicana acusada de 50 secuestros”

Hace dos años, la policía comunitaria de Olinalá, en el estado mexicano de Guerrero, detuvo a un hombre sospechoso de robar una vaca.

Nestora Salgado García era la jefa del grupo. Cuando la esposa del detenido le exigió que lo entregara a la fiscalía del estado, la mujer policía respondió:

“¿Para qué quiere que lo entregue? ¿Para que pague 20.000 pesos (unos US$1.200) y lo dejen libre?”.

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