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Alejandra Ancheita

Alejandra Ancheita

HRD, Founder & Executive Director
ProDESC
Martin Ennals Award
2014

Mexico has a pretty serious history of corruption and impunity, the Mexican government has to really understand that rhetoric is not enough.

Alejandra Ancheita, the founder and Executive Director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (The Project of Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights), is a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of the migrants, workers, and indigenous communities of her native country to dramatically raise their standard of living. Since founding ProDESC in 2005, Alejandra and her dedicated team have run strategic campaigns aimed at protecting the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mexico’s most marginalised people. The tangible results of these campaigns include unprecedented accountability mechanisms between some of the world’s largest transnational companies, thereby ensuring the rights to dignified housing, health, education, and a fair wage, among others.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in Mexico are subject to intimidation, legal harassment, arbitrary detention, death threats, acts of physical aggression, enforced disappearances and killings as a result of their activities in defence of human rights and the exercise of freedom of expression and journalism.