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1964 – 2001

Ochoa was a Mexican Human Rights Lawyer, and nun, who campaigned against torture and other human rights violations in Mexico. She represented victims and survivors of torture in court; often accusing the authorities directly.

In 1988 she was kidnapped and raped; she believes by state police. In 1999 she was kidnapped again and on her release went into exile in Washington DC. Whilst she was there she received Amnesty International’s Enduring Spirit Award.

In 2001 she returned to Mexico and was murdered in October of that year. A note was left with her body threatening the other members of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Initially it was ruled as homicide but in 2002 the government declared it to be suicide; so there has been no trial.