Paulina Ramírez v. Mexico (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)


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Paulina was 13 years old when she was raped in 1999 and subsequently denied a legally permitted abortion by state health and law enforcement officials. In 2002, the Center for Reproductive Rights and two Mexican human rights groups filed a petition on Paulina Ramírez's behalf with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging violations of her legally guaranteed rights under Mexican law, as well as her rights to physical and psychological integrity and health, among others.

Filing date: 3/08/02

Country/Region: , Mexico

Plaintiff(s): Paulina Ramirez

Center Attorney(s): , Lilian Sepúlveda

Partners: Alaíde Foppa, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE) [Information Group on Reproductive Choice]

In 2006, the Center and its partners reached a landmark settlement with the Mexican government, in which the government agreed to, among other things, pay reparations to Paulina, provide her and her son significant compensation for health care and education, and issue a decree regulating guidelines for access to abortion for rape victims.