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Daughter-in-Law of Slain Mexican Activist Granted Asylum in U.S.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 4:37pm

EL PASO - She said her government can't protect her, and our government apparently agrees. It's granting Monica Hernandez political asylum.

She's the daughter-in-law of Mexican activist Marisela Escobedo who was murdered last year while trying to bring her daughter's killer to justice.

Almost a year after her mother-in-law's brutal murder in Chihuahua, Hernandez and her 6-year-old son finally feel safe.

At a news conference in Downtown El Paso Tuesday Hernandez told reporters how happy she is to finally be granted political asylum from the United States.

Escobedo was a well known social activist and an outspoken critic of the Mexican government. In 2008 she launched a mission to try and bring her daughter's killer to justice. She was in Chihuaha, protesting outside of the governor's office when she was shot to death.

"The American government is finally realizing that enough is enough in Mexico and there is basis for political asylum," said Carlos Spector, a local immigration attorney who represents Hernandez and many others like her.

He said her asylum proves the Mexican government is incapable of protecting its citizens.

While Hernandez's quest for asylum is over, Escobedo's son Juan is still waiting.

"The government of my home country killed my mother. They permitted it. They can't protect me because I'm going to continue demanding justice, said Juan Escobedo.

He fled Juarez after his mother's murder and said he can't go back.

"I know that if I go back to Mexico they're going to kill me."

Spector said Juan Escobedo's asylum case should go to court in 2 or 3 years.

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