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Urgent Action: Evelyn at Risk of Further Criminalization (El Salvador: UA 133.19)

October 3, 2019

Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide in August, after suffering an obstetric emergency in which she lost her pregnancy in 2016. She is now at risk of further criminalization by El Salvador’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has appealed the court’s ruling. Please take immediate action calling upon the Attorney General to drop the appeal.

  1. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  2. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 133.19. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.
Dr. Raúl Ernesto Melara Morán Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) Edificio Farmavida, Calle Cortéz Blanco Poniente No. 20, Urb. Madre Selva 3, Antiguo Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador Email: [email protected]
Charges d’Affaires Werner Romero Embassy of El Salvador 1400 16th Street NW Suite 100, Washington DC 20036 Phone: 202 595 7500 Email: [email protected] Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2staFYG Salutation: Dear Mr. Romero

Dear Attorney General, I am writing to express my outrage at the decision by your office to appeal the court ruling that absolved Evelyn Hernández of charges for aggravated homicide. Evelyn suffered an obstetric emergency in 2016, which led to the loss of her pregnancy. She was unjustly jailed over this event, and courts found her innocent in August 2019. I call upon you to immediately drop the appeal against the court’s verdict and ensure that neither Evelyn nor any other woman in El Salvador be put on trial for pregnancy-related complications. Yours sincerely, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES