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Global Brigades

Global Brigades provides sustainable and holistic support in Central America and Africa through health and economic initiatives that aim to alleviate poverty and empower vulnerable communities.

Presence in: Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams. Our mission is to empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world. Our vision seeks to improve equality of life, by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet. 

The mission of the Global Legal Empowerment Program is to increase access to justice. We unite students and local lawyers to provide free legal aid and practical legal education for under-represented communities to resolve legal challenges. Our strategy is multidimensional. We provide a combination of legal assistance, education, and training. The four components of the LE program are: pro bono legal clinics, family case support, educational workshops and community training.

People Associated With This Organization

Esli Cruz

Global Brigades
Joined June 2019
Interests: Education, Family, Generalist Legal Services, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Esli María Cruz Nelson was born in the municipality of Santa Lucía, department of Francisco Morazán in Honduras. She graduated as an attorney from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, where her interest in gender equality and social justice led her to be the UNAH representative at the 6th Central American meeting on academic exchange in international law, presenting her focus on "Violence as a cause of the migration of Central American women ", experiences of this nature have led her to become involved in work with organizations that seek to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children.
She worked on the project "I am a Woman Free of Violence" with the organization PROHAUGEM (Asociación Promotora Hondureña de Auto Gestión de Mujeres) giving legal training to community leaders and helping women suffering from domestic violence.
Since 2018, she began her work with Global Brigades as a lawyer in legal empowerment brigades, providing counseling, training and case monitoring in vulnerable communities in rural Honduras.

Sabrina Sanchez

Global Brigades
Joined February 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
I am part of the Program Associate team of Global Brigades Honduras. As the current Legal Empowerment Champion, my role is to spearhead the LE Program by foundation building, program management, project development and overal facilitating arrangements and implementations of field operations. I've created LE focused educational materials sharing knowledge about specific legal processes in respect to Honduran and Inter-American legal framework. My expertise consists of 8+ years of non-profit organization experience, legal research, HRE knowledge and practice, HRE curriculum design and implementation, advocacy work and supervisory skills. The last 4 years, I've also been working with Human Rights Connected. As their Education & Communications Associate, I create and deliver supplementary human rights and civil resistance tools for HRDs and organizers to utilize in the field. I look forward to exchanging and learning about the resources and leaders within this admirable network.

Teresa Rodriguez

Global Brigades (Unverified)
Joined October 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
My name is Teresa Rodriguez and I currently work at an international non-profit Global Brigades, based out of our offices in Honduras. My role within the organization is to facilitate in volunteer communications, program development and implementation, and resource development. I specialize in improving and creating materials for our Legal Empowerment program, as well building internal capacity and knowledge regarding the program.

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