Renton resident Nestora Salgado, 41, was released from a Mexican prison Friday morning.
Salgado was jailed in 2013 after returning to her home state of Guerrero to lead a legal community police force.
"I feel I can breathe," said Salgado's husband, Jose Avila, who was working at a construction site in Seattle on Friday morning when his wife was released. "It's been a really difficult two years."
While local prosecutors fought to keep her incarcerated, a U.N. investigation determined her arrest and imprisonment were illegal. Mexican federal judges also ruled she should be free.
Su Docekal, one of those leading the local effort to get Salgado out, said charges against her were finally dropped Thursday and she will be out of jail Friday morning.
"We walked so many miles, knocked on so many doors, asking for help. And finally the day is here," said Avila.
A rally in her support is planned for Saturday, March 26, at the Mexican consulate, Docekal said.