April 15, 2024

The times within the lifetime of Sandra Cuevas are very changeable. One week the mayoress of Cuauhtemoc pronounces that she desires to be Mexico Metropolis’s Secretary of Safety, the following she flirts with the thought of ​​being head of presidency for the capital. After which she finds herself entangled within the arms of the far proper on a visit to Washington. The politician, who got here to workplace with the Democratic Revolution Celebration (PRD), the historic Mexican left-wing formation, attended a congress towards human trafficking final week and took part in occasions organized by members of the Political Motion Convention Conservative (CPAC), an affiliation that brings collectively quite a few Catholic, anti-abortion, anti-feminism or LGBT rights and anti-communist activists. With a radiant smile, the mayor shared pictures and movies from the occasion that she shared with ultra-conservative leaders from the US: “United we elevate consciences!”, she printed on her Twitter account.

The invitation to the summit towards human trafficking was large in Mexico. Many politicians from all events obtained it by way of official channels, corresponding to Congress, or civil channels, such because the Affiliation of Municipalities of Mexico (AMMAC). These interested by engaged on the topic agreed to attend the invitation. They have been from numerous events, together with the Nationwide Regeneration Motion (Morena) and the Citizen Motion. However some, who’ve spoken with EL PAIS from anonymity, admit that they didn’t know that the summit was linked to the CPAC, or weren’t even conscious of what these acronyms meant. The detailed program with the deliberate actions was sluggish in coming, and it was not till the attendees landed in Washington that they came upon the complete agenda.

Sandra Cuevas on the finish of the Worldwide Summit Towards Trafficking in Individuals in Washington DCCourtesy

On the night time of July 26, the eve of the summit, the organizers referred to as for a welcome dinner. The meal came about within the metropolis of Alexandria — hooked up to Washington — on the house of the Schlapp household, to which Matt Schlapp belongs, a widely known Republican lobbyist near Donald Trump who chairs the CPAC. One of many attendees describes the realm as “very prosperous” and specifies that if he needed to evaluate it with any a part of Mexico Metropolis it will be the Hills of Chapultepec. There, the environment was “very Catholic”, feedback one other attendee. Many of the Mexicans who attended averted sharing pictures on social networks, and selected to have a low profile to keep away from political feedback as a result of their presence in that home, they inform this newspaper. Considered one of them even admits that he wouldn’t have gone to the summit if he had identified who was concerned.

The presence of the ultraconservatives didn’t finish that night time. A number of of the audio system on the summit have been ultra-right-wing and ultra-Catholic, defined a few attendees. All the occasion revolved across the combat towards human trafficking, a flag that these teams have taken up with better power recently. For a number of days there have been talks by which some Mexican politicians participated, such because the mayoress of Allende (Nuevo Leon), Patricia Salazar, or the municipal president of Union de Tula (Jalisco), Gala del Carmen Lepe, each from Movimiento Ciudadano. The final day closed with the exhibition of the movie sound of freedom (The sound of freedom), a modest manufacturing on youngster trafficking that has been extremely praised by the acute right-wing conspiracy.

Eduardo Verastegui, the producer of the movie and one of many promoters of the CPAC in Mexico, visited El Salvador this weekend to take part in a screening with Nayib Bukele. “We rejoice having introduced the movie for the primary time at a premiere the place the host who summons the visitors is the president,” Verastegui posted on Twitter, after the occasion attended by some 1,500 folks totally free. After seeing the manufacturing in Washington, Cuevas joined the wave of followers that this cinematographic work surrounded by controversy has compiled. The mayor anticipated that she’s going to attempt to reproduce the movie within the faculties of her mayor’s workplace. “I’ll search to current [el filme] in all the faculties of Cuauhtemoc to create social consciousness”, he reported on social networks.

Caught within the arms of the acute proper, Cuevas swore earlier than leaving Washington that she would take issues into her personal arms when she returned to her confines. “I converse out to fight human trafficking with extra extreme penalties. Along with our legislative representatives from Cuauhtemoc, we’ll current initiatives that assure the dignity and happiness of our women and girls,” she assured. Already in Mexico, this Monday, he promised that his coverage of cleansing public area, the additionally controversial Operativo Diamante, would have a brand new goal: to eradicate “the black turns” – unlawful facilities of sexual exploitation -, to “take care” of the women and girls.