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Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales AC (ProDESC)

Mexico city, Mexico
Joined May 2019

ProDESC is a Mexican NGO founded in 2005, focusing on the defense of land, territory & natural resources; and labor human rights.

Presence in: Mexico
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights

ProDESC uses its own methodology to strengthen groups and communities to defend their human rights.

People Associated With This Organization

Alejandra Ancheita

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos,...
Joined April 2021
Alejandra Ancheita, founder, and Executive Director of the Mexico City-based NGO ProDESC (The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project) is a Mexican lawyer and activist, leader of the human rights’ movement for migrants, workers, and indigenous communities of her native country. Since founding ProDESC in 2005, Alejandra Ancheita and her dedicated team have run strategic campaigns aimed to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mexico’s most marginalized people. ProDESC’s work is guided by her innovative vision of integrated approach, which combines community education and organizing; corporate research; human rights litigation; and policy advocacy; thereby bringing real structural change. Among her most notable accomplishments in ProDESC, she achieved unprecedented results to establish accountability mechanisms for transnational corporations in Mexico.
Alejandra Ancheita is one of the leading Latin American voices in the human rights movement. She has spoken in various international forums, such as the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and the OECD Annual Meeting of National Contact Points, as well as arguing cases before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the national courts. Alejandra Ancheita is the 2014 Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, highest acknowledgement from the international community of human rights. In 2014, she also received the Omecíhuatl medal from the Women’s Institute in Mexico City in recognition of her important contributions to women human rights. The next year, the Mexican Senate acknowledged Alejandra prominent work in defense of workers, migrants, indigenous and agrarian communities. More recently, in 2019, she was given a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Université Paris Nanterre, becoming the first Mexican women to be honored with the distinction.
Alejandra has a Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City and a Master of Laws and International Justice from Fordham University.

Lautaro Costantini

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos,...
Joined May 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
I am the Coordinator of Institutional Development at ProDESC, in charge of M&E and fundraising.

Salvador García

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos,... (Unverified)
Joined February 2022
Interests: Community Organizing
Mi nombre es Salvador García, soy sociólogo de formación y trabajo en ProDESC como Coordinador de Procesos Organizativos. ProDESC es una organización mexicana que trabaja desde el 2005 en la defensa y promoción de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales de comunidades indígenas y campesinas, así como de trabajadores precarizados. De la red espero poder sumar y compartir experiencias con otras organizaciones que como nosotros, hagan uso de herramientas jurídicas y organizativas, así como plantear algunos de los retos que estamos enfrentando. Desde ProDESC trabajamos con una Metodología de Defensa Integral (MDI) que está conformada por seis componentes: i) litigio estratégico, ii) el análisis y la incidencia, iii) la investigación corporativa, iv) la comunicación estratégica, v) la articulación de alianzas nacionales e internacionales y vi) el fortalecimiento de procesos organizativos.

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