Lydia Cacho amongst the 150 Women who shake the World in Newsweek magazine
The Mexican journalist will be speaking this Friday March 11th at the Hudson Theatre in New York during the Women in the World Summit, hosted by Tina Brown.
Cacho´s last book Slaves of power was released in Mexico last September and in only seven months the book has been translated into French, Italian, German, Swedish, Croatian, English, Dutch and Portuguese and it has been published in Spain, Argentina and Colombia. After Elena Poniatowska Lydia Cacho is the only Mexican journalist who´s work has been translated into so many languages. It will soon be published in Turkey and Japan. The author will read extracts of her book at the Women in the frontlines pannel moderated by journalist Sir Harlod Evans.
Lydia Cacho will also attend:
*A conversation with Melinda French Gates, Co-chair of the bill and melinda Gates Foundation
* Dinner and conversation with President Bill Clinton
*Trafficking of girls in the United States. Introduced by Ashley Judd. Activist and Actress
Words of Carole Seymour-Jones:
“IN THIS CRIPPLING CLIMATE OF FEAR AND INTIMIDATION, LYDIA CACHO, MEXICAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST AND FEMINIST ACTIVIST AGAINST VIOLENCE HAS PROVED HERSELF A FORMIDABLE CAMPAIGNER FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SHE IS THE FIRST WOMAN IN MEXICAN HISTORY TO TAKE TO TRIAL AN ORGANISED CRIME RING INVOLVED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, SEX TOURISM AND THE TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN.
FROM GOING UNDERCOVER DRESSED AS A NUN OR POLE DANCER, TO SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO VICTIMS AS YOUNG AS FOUR, LYDIA CACHO HAS DOGGEDLY COLLECTED EVIDENCE OF A RAMPANT SEX SLAVE TRADE IN MEXICO. IT IS A QUEST WHICH HAS SEEN HER KIDNAPPED, THEN IMPRISONED, AND STILL FACING CONSTANT DEATH THREATS, FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF HER LATEST BOOK, `SLAVES OF POWER: A JOURNEY INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AROUND THE WORLD.’ YET DESPITE THESE DANGERS LYDIA CACHO CONTINUES TO PUT HER LIFE ON THE LINE ON BEHALF OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND TO CHAMPION JOURNALISTIC FREEDOM. SHE CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON DESERVES TO LIVE A LIFE OF DIGNITY”
Deputy President and Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN.