Consuelo Morales is the 2012 recipient of Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. For this live interview, Ms. Morales will be joined by Nik Steinberg, Human Rights Watch’s expert on Mexico. Fernando Diaz, Managing Editor at Hoy Chicago will conduct the interview.
Consuelo Morales works in Mexico to defend victims of human rights violations and hold their abusers accountable. Security forces there have committed widespread violations against civilians–including torture, rape, and “disappearances”–yet their crimes are virtually never investigated. In the face of persistent threats, Consuelo’s organization has led efforts in the state of Nuevo León to document these abuses, litigate key cases, and provide critical support for victims of both security forces and violent drug cartels. Human Rights Watch honors Consuelo Morales for her courageous efforts to end impunity and aid victims of abuses in Mexico’s “war on drugs.”