Two Human Rights Champions Arrive in Santa Ana Today for Panel Discussion

Categories: Politics
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Vidulfo Rosales Sierra
International Human Rights Day may be a few months away, but Santaneros and other good people of Orange County will have a chance to meet two extraordinary defenders of life with dignity today.

Vidulfo Rosales Sierra of Tlachinollan Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña (Tlachinollan) and Jenny Morón of the Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA) will give thier testimonies of fighting injustice in their respective countries during a panel discussion set to start at 4 p.m.

The pair will be accompanied by naranjero Salvador G. Sarmiento who now works in the nation's capital as an Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

Now for a little bit of background on the two...

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MUDHA
Rosales Sierra is the coordinator for Tlachinollan's legal team and has faced numerous death threats in response to his fearless work on police and military brutality. They were serious enough to cause him to leave Mexico recently for a period of months before returning.

As an attorney, he's also tackled violent police repression in a case where two students were shot to death at a rural school and has defended peasant communities against a proposed hydroelectric dam. The human rights group has waged other effective campaigns including taking the case of two indigenous woman raped and tortured by the Mexican military all the way to the Inter-American Court two years ago.

Morón leads the legal team of MUDHA that advocates for the rights of women of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic and Haitian immigrants. The organization, founded in the early 80's, focuses on a number of key areas including domestic violence, denationalization, and mass expulsions.

The RFK Center has awarded the founders of both organizations for their tireless work. The unique opportunity for the people of OC to listen to and dialogue with current members comes courtesy of Colaboraciones Transnacionales at El Centro Cultural de Mexico where the panel discussion will be hosted.

Why go? As Burmese freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi once said to the international community, "Please use your liberty to promote ours."

El Centro Cultural de Mexico is located at 310 W. Birch Street, Santa Ana. The panel program with Vidulfo Rosales Sierra and Jenny Morón begins at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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