Melissa Roxas, a United States citizen of Filipino descent, narrates the story of her abduction and torture by alleged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on May 19-25, 2009. At the Los Angeles press conference (Saturday, June 27, 2009), Ms. Roxas describes the human rights abuses she endured while being held for six days in an alleged military camp. The press conference, which was held at the Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California was streamed live over the internet where Ms. Roxas detailed her experience at her first public appearance.

Ms. Roxas, an American human rights advocate, is the first known American citizen to have become a victim of abduction and torture in the Philippines, a country which has drawn international condemnation for state-sponsored human rights atrocities. She is a member of BAYAN USA and HABI ARTS, a cultural group also based in the United States.

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