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Amazon Frontlines

San Francisco, United States
Joined August 2018

Our mission is to support the struggles of indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.

Presence in: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Women's Rights

We are working on empowering the indigenous Amazonian nationalities A’i Kofan, Siona, Siekopai and Waorani. With the implementation of the following programs: Women’s Empowerment, Cultural Revitalization, Communications, Solar, Clean Water, Territorial Mapping, Environmental Monitoring and Legal Defenders of nationalities.

People Associated With This Organization

Barbara Gonzales Segovia

Ecuador  
Amazon Frontlines
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Women's Rights
Hi, I'm Barbara.
A Venezuelan feminist who has lived and worked in Ecuador for three years.
I studied Arts and also Education, since my undergraduate studies I was interested in gender issues and the human rights of indigenous peoples. That is why I started working with some feminist groups in my country and also supporting initiatives of empowerment of indigenous communities in the basins of the Orinoco and Amazon rivers, in Venezuela.
Currently, I work with Amazon Frontlines and the Ceibo Alliance supporting the cultural empowerment and territorial defense of the indigenous Amazonian nationalities A'i Kofan, Siona, Siekopai and Waorani, whose territories are located between Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Jorge Acero

Ecuador  
Amazon Frontlines
Joined February 2015
Regional Director of Legal Services and Community Outreach in Asylum Access Latin America

Lawyer, specialist in human rights, with postgraduate degree in Local Development and an Independent Expert against Torture. In 2013, he was honored with the International Human Rights Award from the Spanish Association ProHuman Rights (APDHE –Asociación ProDerechos Humanos de España) for his hard work on demanding restitution of rights, particularly for people in need of international protection.
I participate in designing and coordinating implementation of Asylum Access Latin America’s Legal Services and Community Outreach strategy, at the national and regional levels, providing technical support to national and local offices in order to achieve annual plan goals and objectives. And also guarantees the quality of legal services provided at Asylum Access offices and accompanies Asylum Access staff through complex legal processes.
Prior to joining Asylum Access Latin America, I served as Coordinator of the Sucumbíos Human Rights Office for seven years, based on the border between Ecuador and Colombia, and specialized in the areas of asylum and human mobility, gender based violence and grave human rights violations. He also trained and supported individuals, organizations and communities along the northern border of Ecuador, advocating and lobbying with public institutions while simultaneously conducting strategic litigation in human rights and human mobility.

My past experiences include teaching a master’s level course on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples at the Central University of Ecuador as well as Labor Law at the Higher Institute Grow More. He has led several research studies and publications including a Toolkit for the Defense of Human Rights (2013), Report on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Sucumbíos and Orellana (2008) and Violation of Human Rights along the Ecuadorian border Linked to Extractive Activities (2007).
Barbara Gonzales Segovia is the network champion (main point of contact) for Amazon Frontlines.

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