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Norma Esther Andrade

Educator by profession. Co-founder and former president of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa A.C. (May Our Daughters Return Home),  one of the pioneering organizations that brought together families of girls and women killed and disappeared in Juarez City. Since 2001, following the kidnapping, torture and, killing of her daugher Lilia Alejandra Garcia Andrade, she has tirelessly lobby the Mexican authorities and international organizations to report on femicides and has worked to  bring international pressure to bear on the Mexican government and force it to take action. As a result of her activism, she suffered two assassination attempts, which forced her to leave her hometown and the work with May Our Daughters Return Home.

Currently, she is part of the Grupo de Acción por los Derechos Humanos y la Justicia Social A.C (Action Group for Human Rights and Social Justice) based in Mexico City, where she has continued denouncing the extreme violence that girls and women face in Mexico. As Outreach and Training Coordinator, she facilitates and organizes violence prevention workshops directed to high school and university students. Besides presenting her own daughter’s case to the Interamerican Human Rights Court, Norma has been an advocate in multiple human rights defense cases. Nowadays, she offers advice to the relatives of disappeared and murdered girls in the state of México, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Guanajuato and Tlaxcala.

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Saturday, July 28