Even as Mexico’s national peace movement is reeling from a series of deadly attacks on its leadership, TIME Magazine has profiled Javier Sicilia as one of its Persons of 2011.
This distinction comes in recognition of the leadership he -- and other victims of the war for drug prohibition -- have given to Mexico’s powerful peace movement. Protests have been highly visible and nationwide, but have had a steep price.
As the epilogue of the TIME profile noted, "In the past month, two activists in Sicilia's movement have been murdered. Two others have been abducted and are missing. Another human rights activist was murdered in Juárez.”
Javier Sicilia is one of an unprecedented number of Mexicans who have received international recognition during the last year for their courageous work on behalf of migrants, workers, and the millions of victims of the country’s spiraling violence, institutional decomposition and appalling inequality.
Here are profiles of eight Mexican movement leaders, artists, grassroots organizers, labor leaders, and clergy people working in the front trenches of the struggle for human rights.
Through these eight individuals, we can hear the voices of millions more Mexicans crying out for justice and for the very soul of their nation.
Read the full post and extended profiles on our People-to-People blog.
Peace and Solidarity,
Human Rights Director
image: Peter Hapak for TIME