Claudia Medina Tamariz, a native of Veracruz, Veracruz, was arbitrarily detained along with her husband Isaias Flores Pineda, by members of the Mexican Navy (Marina). She was dragged from her home in the middle of the night and brought to a naval base.
During 36 hours she endured threats, suffocation, electric shocks and sexual torture by members of the Navy. When they threatened to harm her children, she agreed to their demand to confess falsely to being a member of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel. As a result she signed a statement without having read it.
Later, Claudia and her husband Isaias were presented before the Office of the Attorney General (PGR) at 18:30 on August 8th, 2012. Both were paraded before the media with five other people, accused of forming part of the Cartel.
After being presented to the media, Claudia was taken to be examined by a doctor who did not certify the injuries she had sustained as a result of the beatings or the burns from electric shocks.
Later her husband was transferred to a federal prison in the municipality of Villa Aldama, Veracruz, while she was brought to a different prison in Cieneguilla, Zacatecas state.
Claudia was falsely charged with weapons possession in the criminal case 186/2012. On August 21st, 2012, she was granted bail during her trial. It would not be until February 6, 2015 that Mexican courts (the Third Unitary Tribunal, in Xalapa, Veracruz) acknowledged her innocence and the weapons charge was annulled.
In October 2012, Claudia filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). However, despite the existence of independent and official medical examinations that confirm her account of torture, the CNDH has not issued a Recommendation on her case.
On May 5th, 2014, Claudia decided to speak out publicly as one of the founding members of the nationwide campaign “Breaking the Silence: All Together Against Sexual Torture,” an initiative of the 11 women of Atenco who are litigating their own case against the Mexican government in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She continues to participate in campaign events, encouraging survivors of sexual torture to speak out.
Claudia continues to fight for her torturers to be brought to justice.