shocking murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist
working to protect leatherback sea turtles on Moin Beach near the port city of Limon,
Friday May 31, demands immediate justice.
Jairo and four women volunteering at this Leatherback Nesting Beach near the city on the Caribbean Coast were kidnapped at gunpoint by masked men. Jairo was separated from the women, beaten and executed. The women escaped, physically unharmed. Sadly, this beach was known to be dangerous and Jairo had sought help previously to stop unusually aggressive poachers with possible drug trade links.
International Week of Action July 31 - August 7
July 31, 2013 marks two months since Jairo's murder and launched our international Week of Action calling for Justice for Jairo! Take action below and share this page and the image below with all your friends!
Click here to share our Justice for Jairo petition on Facebook.
Click here sign to our petition to the President of Costa Rica demanding the Costa Rican government respond with swift action to send a clear message to all sea turtle
poachers that this horrific murder, and all their illegal actions, will not be tolerated.
Click here to use our Tell a Friend tool to share these actions with your email contacts!
Click here to join SeaTurtles.org's Facebook group for frequent updates.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is coordinating two funds on
behalf of concerned organizations and individuals around the globe - a Memorial Fund and a Reward Fund.
Click here to give to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Memorial Fund. The first $5,000 in contributions to the Memorial Fund will be doubled by generous, concerned donors.
Click here to contribute to the fund for a reward for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
(Organizations wishing to join the Justice for Jairo Reward Fund should
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is dedicated to transforming this unbelievably sad event into a catalyst for change in Costa Rica and Central America so that every beach can be safe for sea turtles, conservationists, volunteers and tourists.
Are Costa Rica's beaches safe? Our partner SEETurtles has written an informative post on the safety of volunteering in Costa Rica. SEETurtles organized a safe, successful trip to a leatherback nesting beach this June for our members which was enjoyed by all.
For a detailed and up-to-date account of the events leading up to Jairo Mora Sandoval's tragic murder and the reaction to it visit:
DotEarth, New York Times Blog by Andy Revkin
Tico Times, Costa Rica
Death of Jairo Mora Sandoval Wikipedia page.