Lucha Castro is a human rights lawyer from the Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, Chihuahua City. She campaigns on a range of women’s rights issues and represents families of murdered women in the State of Chihuahua. She is regularly harassed and threatened by organised criminals, the military and conservative individuals and organisations.


At that moment I saw 2 police. I knelt down – I took him by the shoulders and said, My love nothing is going to happen to me but I want to tell you something, if sometime they arrest me, please never think or let anyone tell you I am a bad mother.
The price I pay is very high. My three daughters, my son and my five grandchildren live far away from me. Not a day passes without me feeling overwhelmed by  homesickness, knowing that I won’t be there when they take their first steps, or say their first words.
Every year we promise to meet at Christmas in the family home where I keep the decorations which I never put up because nobody comes. It’s not safe for anyone to come. Every year we all know there won’t be any meeting. We fool ourselves in order to keep living in hope and make our situation more bearable.
We tell ourselves no not this year…but definitely next year.