Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Supports Mexican Athlete in Fighting Human Trafficking
Today, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora welcomed Norma Bastidas to the Mexican Embassy to recognize and celebrate her completion of race across Mexico and the United States as part of the campaign and documentary “Be Relentless” to combat human trafficking. Ambassador Medina Mora was joined by U.S. Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBaca, Brad Riley, Producer of Be Relentless and his production team.
Norma Bastidas is a Mexican single mother, survivor and athlete, who yesterday set the world record for longest triathlon of more than 3,500 miles from Cancun, Mexico to Washington D.C. in a two month period. Her mission is to raise awareness and empower survivors of trafficking in persons and sexual violence around the world, as well as to prove that ordinary people are capable of taking extraordinary actions in the fight against today’s global challenges.
Bastidas was accompanied during the triathlon by a documentary film crew from the non-profit organization iEmpathize. Their documentary, Be Relentless, is a binational and bilingual film featuring Norma’s route, her story, as well as other stories of human trafficking victims and their advocates in both the United States and Mexico. The documentary will be released in late 2014 or early 2015.
Ambassador Medina Mora acknowledged Ms. Bastidas and her determination and inspiration in tackling a world-wide issue that affects all countries, particularly women and girls. “She made it. Her inner will, courage and persistence helped her overcome all obstacles, in order to give voice to millions of women like her. She is inspiring them as well as all of us who watch her feat, to break the silence and walk the talk –or run the talk- on an issue that involves us all and has no borders”, expressed Ambassador Medina Mora.