Diego Ruiz Duran: No One Should Back Down from Fighting for Change

By  //  March 4, 2021

Diego Ruiz Duran is a defense attorney in Mexico. The word “failure” is not in his vocabulary as he has dedicated his life practicing law and passionately fighting for his clients in the courtroom.

Although he has had to face many uphill battles since the start of his career, the pressure does not get to him. In fact, it lights a fire underneath him to perform that much harder to insist change and justice where it is needed. This article is motivation for people out there to stand up for what is right and not let the various obstacles stop progress from being made.

Duran holds a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University. He also studied at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completing his education, he began his professional career working for José Luis Nassar.

He then went on to open up his own firm named the Ruiz Durán Law Firm. When asked how he wants to be remembered, Duran said he would like to be remembered as, “a person who passionately defended his clients, who was a person of fortitude and always embraced them with all his faculties.”  His passion drives him to success, and he will not stop fighting until justice is served.

One issue Diego Ruiz Duran is particularly passionate about is the subject of domestic violence throughout the country. He believes that mechanisms need to be put in place to ensure that cases of domestic violence are taken seriously.

According to Milenio, he says, “Many times, when a complaint of aggression against a woman is filed, the case is not continued and there are even, there are often different factors that obstruct the process.” He has assured that the country does, in fact, have extensive legal instruments. However, the system still has work to do in terms of reducing the likelihood of these cases just getting ignored over time.

Unfortunately, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the problem of domestic violence is systematically increasing. Duran says that calls to 911 for gender-based violence have drastically increased and there sadly has not been a satisfactory response.

He states, “Although there is the General Law on Equality between Women and Men, the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free from Violence and the General Victims Act, the progress that has been made in eradicating femicides could improve if a stronger legal framework were implemented.”

Duran and other advocates for change have a long road ahead of them, but through hard work and perseverance, they hope to one day make it possible for women to live safely in the country of Mexico.

Despite the uphill battle Duran faces in terms of fighting for gender equality, the current status of progress is not making him doubt that things can in fact get better. The defense attorney would like to be viewed as a role model, one who refuses to give up on fighting for what is right just because the process is not always smooth sailing.

What people should take away from this article is that giving up is the easy way out. Becoming intimidated or feeling defeated because of setbacks will only further prevent change from happening. It is by growing a thick skin and becoming fearless through challenges that help make change happen.

If someone wants to really make a difference, they will have to fall back on their heels from time to time. That is just a part of the whole journey. And once people start to see change happen right in front of them, all of those hardships will be worth it.