Alejandra Ancheita

March 8, 2021

Alejandra Ancheita is founder and Executive Director of the Mexico City-based NGO ProDESC (The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project), a Mexican lawyer and activist, and the 2014 Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, the highest acknowledgment from the international human rights community. Alejandra has worked tirelessly to establish accountability mechanisms for transnational corporations in Mexico. In 2014, Alejandra received the Omecíhuatl medal from the Women’s Institute in Mexico City in recognition of her important contributions to women’s human rights. In 2015, the Mexican Senate acknowledged Alejandra’s prominent work in defense of workers, migrants, indigenous and agrarian communities. More recently, in 2019, she was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Université Paris Nanterre, becoming the first Mexican woman to be honored with this distinction. Alejandra has a Bachelor of Law from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City and a Masters in International Law and Justice from Fordham University.