Qualifications as an International Speaker

Lydia Cacho (born 1963) is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist against violence.

In 2000 Ms. Cacho founded and directed a high security shelter for battered and sexually exploited women and children in Cancun, Mexico. She was the first woman in Mexican history to take to trial an organized crime ring involved with child pornography, sexual tourism and trafficking of women. She filed a successful counter-suit for corruption and for violation of human rights. In this regard, Ms. Cacho was the first woman in Mexico to file a federal suit against a Governor, a District Attorney, and a judge for corruption and for attempted rape in prison. Ms. Cacho herself has been imprisoned for her work and has put her life on the line on behalf of women and children in Mexico. As a consequence of her unwavering defense of human rights and journalistic freedom, her own life has been repeatedly threatened. Despite these dangers, she continues to champion the advancement of human rights for all women and children because she believes that every single person deserves to live a life of dignity.

With more than twenty years of experience as a workshop teacher and keynote speaker, Ms. Cacho has toured the globe with her inspirational conferences on peace education, freedom of expression, and ethical commitment to changing the world. She has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, UNESCO, and the European Union. She was recently appointed by the UNODC and the Spanish Government as Ambassador for the Blue Heart Campaign against sex trafficking.

Ms. Cacho has published seven books, one of them is the award-wining Manual to prevent, detect and heal child sexual abuse (Con mi hij@ no). In addition, she is a coauthor of several collective books. Currently, Ms. Cacho is a columnist with El Universal, the main national newspaper in Mexico, and a workshop teacher on successful approaches to help trafficking victims and on Community Schools for Peace: a holistic approach to negotiate conflicts. Her new book, Slaves of power: a journey into sex trafficking around the world, will be released in many countries around the world during 2010.

A sampling of Ms. Cacho’s awards and recognition organizations include:

  • Human Rights Watch
  • Premio Nacional de Periodismo
  • Ginetta Sagan
  • Amnesty Award 2007
  • OXFAM award
  • 2007 IWMF award
  • CNN Hero
  • UNESCO- Guillermo Cano freedom of expression award
  • The Wallemberg Medal
  • The Tucholsky Award
  • PEN Canada Award
  • World Press International Hero 2010 (for the International Press Institute in Vienna)

Ms. Cacho is an experienced keynote speaker in both English and Spanish.

Her world reputation as an expert on conflict management, freedom of expression, gender and social violence as well as her award winning books on organized crime, child pornography and human trafficking have brought her to Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States as a professional speaker. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, NYU, Syracuse University, University of Michigan, Stanford University, and UCLA.

Ms. Cacho’s engagement forums include:

  • International conferences
  • Public and private seminars
  • Keynote speaker
  • In-company workshops
  • Educational appearances

Ms Cacho’s speaking topics, articles and publications include:

Freedom of expression/Journalism

  • Investigative journalism in Latin America: risks and opportunities
  • A map of organized crime in Mexico: the patterns of violence
  • The new ethics of global journalism
  • Safety training for journalists in Latin America: stay alive and be responsible to your local sources
  • Covering gender issues: what it means and how to do it right
  • Inspiring students: journalism as a lantern to shred light in our community
  • Interviewing victims: do’s and don’ts to avoid journalistic re-victimization

Violence and Social Responsibility

  • Corporate social responsibility against human trafficking: being part of the solution
  • The effect of domestic violence at the office: how to prevent it and best practices to avoid sexism
  • The office as a peaceful environment: how to negotiate conflicts at the office. Emotional tools to improve group behavior
  • Team burnout: working with victims of crimes takes a toll. How to detect prevent and heal group emotional burnout. (Workshop)
  • What police should know about Latino women victims of violence (Workshop or conference)
  • FEAR of violence: how to understand our fear and make it work to protect us (Keynote conference for women)
  • New erotic sexism and it’s effects on our children: how to understand the new pro- porno culture and prevent our children to fall into its trap
  • Workshop training for NGO´s working on domestic and sexual violence: the challenge of working with victims of sex trafficking, best practices and worst interventions
  • Inspirational conference: building peace in violent environments. The new feminism we need and the globalization of hope and equality
  • Inspirational conference: my life as a reporter and ten reasons not to give up hope and freedom

For more information and availability contact: Ms. Karla Peralta at [email protected]