Lydia Cacho

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Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist, author, feminist, and human rights activist. She has published hundreds of news articles, a poetry book, as well as a novel and other non-fiction work, including several essay books on human rights

Her work with women and children in Mexico has been extremely effective both in terms of rescue and rehabilitation of the countless individuals who seek assistance from the shelter she founded in Cancun, Mexico.

Her writings have cast the spotlight on issues that are normally not challenged. She is the first woman who brought a case to the Mexican Supreme Court, which declared the content of her book on corrupted officials and the mafia, “Demons of Eden”, to be truthful. This was a particular victory since she had been taken to jail and threatened due to this book.

She was awarded various prizes and awards such as the Human Rights Watch Award (2007); CNN Hero of the world (2007); the Ginetta Sagan Award of Amnesty International USA (2007); the US Department of State International Hero acting to end modern day slavery; the International Women Media Foundation Award (2007); the Oxfam Novib/PEN Freedom of Expression Award (2007) and the UNESCO Guillermo Cano Freedom of Expression Award 2008.


2008 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Mexican reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (9 April 2008)


Interview of Lidia Cacho:

The UNESCO Courrier 2008 - Number 4

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro: “International visibility is a shield for threatened journalists.”



Lydia Cacho at launch of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (UNESCO, 18 February 2010).