Hundreds of women protesting against gender violence in Mexico.


Shape of Mexico

In Mexico, human rights defenders too often face criminalization for their work. According to Amnesty International, at least 10 human rights defenders were killed in Mexico in 2022, while Global Witness had said that 54 defenders of the land and environmental activists were killed there the year before.

Mexican indigenous rights activist Kenia Hernandez speaking at an event

Kenia Hernández

Our TrialWatch initiative monitored proceedings against indigenous land rights lawyer and activist Kenia Hernández, who was sentenced to over 11 years in prison—later reduced to 9 years—in a trial riddled with violations, including discriminatory conduct by the judge, and who continues to face multiple charges at the federal and state levels. Hernandez’s health is reportedly deteriorating in maximum-security prison, where a lack of potable water and adequate medical care were previously reported.