Legacy Environmental Champion
Territory Defender and Environmental Activist
Julian Carrillo was born January 9,1962 in the community of Coloradas de la Virgen, Chihuahua, Mexico. Julian was part of the indigenous community called Raramuri or Tharahumara, who live in the region of the Sierra Tarahumara. This region is a biodiversity hot spot and has a rich culture. Because of these, the region has been an area of economic interest especially for forestry, mining, and truism.
Julian was a territory defender and an environmental activist who among other community members, defended his territory and the natural resources of the community against illegal logging, and mining. Also, inside his community from 2013-2018, he was the “president of communal assets” where his job was to take care of the territory and its natural resources.
Due to his activism, Julian and his family were subjected to numerous threats and violent attacks. In 2014, he received protection by the Mexican Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists but in early 2018, he was forced to leave his community.
Julian was killed on 0ctober 24, 2018 at the age of 56 when he returned to his community for the funeral of his daughter. Now, his family and many other members of his community have been victims of forced displacement and they keep being activists of their land, the indigenous rights, and the forest.