Death row survivor coming to El Paso



Gabriela Castañeda

Border Network for Human Rights

(915) 577-0724

Date 9/17/10



Public invited to speaking event.


El Paso, TX – A man who survived death row, and became an internationally known opponent of death penalty will tell his story on Saturday September 25th  during a speaking event organized by The Border Network for Human Rights and El Pasoans against the Death Penalty. The Event is free and open to the public.

Juan Roberto Melendez was released on January 3, 2002, having spent 17 years, eight months and one day on death row. He was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Since 1973, 139 people have been exonerated from death rows due to evidence of their wrongful conviction.

The Border Network for Human Rights dedicates itself to the protection of human rights in all its forms, including issues of unequal access to justice.  The B.N.H.R. expects about 100 members of the community to attend the talk.

La Pena de Muerte No Mas! (Death Penalty No More)

 A meeting with Juan Roberto Melendez.

(The talk will be in Spanish)


When: Saturday, Sept. 25. 2010

 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.


Where: B.N.H.R. Offices

2115 N. Piedras

 (between Louisville and Richmond)




More information on the Border Network for Human Rights: This organization, founded in 1998, is one of the leading immigration reform and human rights advocacy organization in the United States. Based in El Paso, the BNHR counts about 4,000 members in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.

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