FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 30, 2021
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CHICAGO – Last Saturday, international press reported the murder of Victoria Salazar, a Salvadoran woman on a humanitarian visa, by Mexican police officers in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, issued the following statement:
“Alianza Americas and Presente.org express our solidarity with the family of Victoria Esperanza Salazar, who has tragically become a new victim of excessive police violence, this time in Mexico. This murder is the consequence of the prevailing dehumanizing doctrine of excessive and disproportionate use of force by police, both in the United States and Latin America. Victoria would not have died if police had used appropriate measures that respect human rights.
We applaud the Mexican and Salvadoran governments’ response in condemning this tragedy as being a woman in Mexico can turn lethal during encounters with both police and members of organized crime. We hope justice is served so that these tragedies don’t happen again. As organizations committed to creating an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for migrant communities living in the United States and across the Americas, we will continue to monitor this case to determine if the fact that Victoria was a foreign person was a determining factor in her murder.”
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.