A Renton family is pleading with U.S. officials to help bring their mother home from Mexico.
Nestora Salgado, 41, was arrested by federal police August 21 during a human rights mission to her hometown of Olinala.
Over the past four years, Salgado made numerous trips to the small cattle town south of Mexico City to deliver clothing and supplies to desperately poor residents. But her trips evolved into missions to help clean up crime and corruption by organizing with other to form a community police force.
The group recently made an arrest of local government officials. That prompted, what the family calls, retaliation by federal police.
One of Salgado's daughters recently was allowed to visit her mother at a maximum security prison near Puerto Vallarta.
"My mother crossed their line. That's it," said Grisel Rodriguez, Salgado's daughter. "They are keeping her in awful conditions. There is no clean water."
Rodriguez also says her mother has a debilitating medical condition that requires medication.
"We're sure she's not getting what she needs to stay alive," Rodriguez said.
In addition to putting pressure on government officials in the U.S., Seattle University law professors have filed a petition with the United Nations to aide in Salgado's safe return. Professor Thomas Antkowiak is also working with a human rights attorney in Mexico. But since Salgado's arrest in August, she still has not been allowed to speak to an attorney.
"What she was doing is absolutely legal," Antkowiak said, citing a local law in Mexico that allows for the organization of citizen patrols if there is a lack of security.
The family fears the worst after seeing several activists like their mother, killed in recent months.
"We just want her home," said Rodriguez.
Video of Salgado in Mexico is posted on YouTube.