Update: August 21st Joella Corado and John Moreno were released from jail after review of the case by a federal judge. The charges have not been dropped.
This is Joella Corado, a 28 year old Mexican citizen living in Todos Santos, a small pueblo in Baja California Sur. On May 19th, the town was dismayed to learn of her arrest and upset at the irregularities surrounding it. It is widely believed the arrests of Joella and attorney John Moreno are linked to Moreno's activist work representing the fishermen of Punta Lobos against the mega development Tres Santos, and are designed to discredit Moreno and send a chilling message to his clients. (See BLOG post, Patrimonio, June 11 2016)
In 2014 Joella retained John Moreno to help settle a civil dispute over property. The ruling found in her favor. May 19th of this year Joella and John were arrested for reasons related to the case that are unclear. They remain in prison and no bail has been set.
Joella is known fondly as 'Ella Bella' for her beautiful spirit, and her clothing brand of the same name. She and her husband Kurtis Parsons created Pura Vida the first health food store in Todos Santos providing nutritional supplies and serving healthy dishes. They represent a new generation of young entrepreneurs contributing to the success of the township and are highly respected members of the community.
I have known Joella for approximately eight years. Her contributions to her community are astounding for one so young. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Manufacturing California, she created her own retail clothing & swimwear brand Ella Bella. Joella was a founding member of the popular annual Todos Santos Noche de Moda. She has an advanced yoga practice, is engaged in volunteer work with recovering drug addicts and is known for her dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle by example.