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Legal Clinic at the National University Human Rights Program

Mexico City, Mexico
Joined March 2017

We run a multidisciplinary clinic for Mexican students to empower people, especially with intellectual or psycho-social disabilities, through awareness, legal representation, and public communication

Presence in: Mexico
Focus: Access to Information, Education, Gender-based violence, Other

The Legal Clinic at the National University Human Rights Program was created in 2013 to generate a positive impact on society through the legal defense defense of human rights, and the experiential education of university students to carry out this goal.

  • General clinic objectives: (i) Implement adequate legal strategies to represent cases involving human rights of persons with disabilities, migration and gender violence; (ii) provide law, psychology, journalism and social work students with the tools they need to be responsible for the professional attention of cases; and (iii) influence public policy in  Mexico to enhance social justice;
  • Disability rights: For decades, families in Mexico where a person with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities is born, have almost no support from governmental authorities to raise their children. Some are abandoned in public or private institutions. Some are kept within the family circle with no tools to develop an independent life. Families are broken as a result of the pressure and their limited options. All these situations become more severe when families find themselves in the need to stripe their family members off their legal capacity, under the misconception of protecting them from the outside world. After some time, family members realize guardianship procedures are burdensome, require lifelong management and present no solution for them or the persons subject to guardianship procedures.
  • In this context, we seek to promote the full implementation of article 12 of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in domestic tribunals by exploring alternatives to schemes that disregard the right to equal recognition before the law. To do this, we must empower the community we represent and we must create opportunities for them to express their will and preferences and access the support of their own choosing.

People Associated With This Organization

Emma Gonzalez

Legal Clinic at the National University... (Unverified)
Joined April 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Women's Rights
I am a Mexican psychologist working in disability care since 2000, currently researching on forced hospitalization due to mental disability and its relationship with the justice system. I have promoted a project of psychiatric deinstitutionalization in Mexico and I seek to promote through a pilot project supported housing and in the community. Organized legal empowerment discussion groups with people with intellectual disabilities

Guadalupe Barrena

Legal Clinic at the National University...
Joined March 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Education, Gender-based violence, Other
The Human Rights Legal Clinic at the National University in Mexico, is a teaching project to engage students of law, social work, psychology and journalism, in the defense of human rights in a multidisciplinary setting. We focus primarily on the rights of persons with intellectual or psycho-social disabilities to be equal under the law; gender violence; and, discrimination in the implementation of migration policies in Mexico. This year, we expect to train 60 students to act as advocates in the cases we represent, to grant our users control over their cases, and to understand and communicate their situation as a source for public discussion and awareness.
Guadalupe Barrena is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Clinic at the National University Human Rights Program.

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