In 2006 our founder and executive director Verónica Cruz Sánchez became the first Mexican activist to receive the Defender of Human Rights award from Human Rights Watch.
In 2010 Las Libres secured the freedom of nine women imprisoned in Guanajuato for late-term miscarriages. In the years that followed, we mounted legal defenses that freed more than 100 women across Mexico, with three cases going to the Mexican Supreme Court.
In September 2021, Las Libres celebrated a landmark victory when the Supreme Court of Mexico unanimously declared it unconstitutional to criminalize abortion. We continue to work hard to ensure that the law is put into practice in Mexico.
In December 2022, our efforts to help Americans seeking abortions were recognized when the Planned Parenthood Federation of America presented Las Libres with its Invincible Award for Courage.
In March 2023, Time Magazine named Verónica Cruz Sánchez one of 12 Women of the Year in the fight to build a more equal world. Her photo appeared on the cover with this caption: “This Mexican activist is helping Americans defy abortion bans.”
While we continue to promote equal rights for Mexican women, we are expanding our capacity to support reproductive freedom in the United States. We have enlisted volunteers from the English-speaking community in Mexico; we receive financial and logistical support from people all over the United States who have embraced our mission on behalf of the right to choose abortion; and we are in touch with an international network of people committed to winning the war against women.
A Plan Forms in Mexico: Help Americans Get Abortions New York Times, December 20, 2021
Mexican Activists Answer Calls for Abortion Pills from the U.S. New York Times, July 15, 2022
The Post-Roe Abortion Underground New Yorker Magazine, October 10, 2022
Covert network provides pills for thousands of abortions in U.S. post Roe Washington Post, October 18, 2022
This Mexican Activist Is Helping Americans Defy Abortion Bans Time Magazine, March 2, 2023