Founder and Executive Director

ALEJANDRA ANCHEITA PAGAZA

Full biography (click here)

 

She has a Law Degree from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) and Master in International Law and Global Justice from Fordham University School of Law (USA). She has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris Nanterre (France).

 

Executive Director and founder of ProDESC. Since 2005 she has led processes aimed at the protection of economic, social and cultural rights, achieving unprecedented results such as the application of accountability mechanisms to major transnational corporations. Due to the impact of the work she has done, in 2014 she was awarded with the Martin Ennals Award by the International Human Rights Community. Likewise, in 2015 she received recognition from the Mexican Senate for her continuous work as a defender of the rights of workers, migrants and indigenous communities.

Organizational Development Coordinator

LAUTARO COSTANTINI

He has a degree in Political Science from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has been a research and teaching assistant in various subjects at the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales of the UNAM (FCPS-UNAM). He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Development at the Latin American Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO Argentina).

 

In 2014 he joined the Government of Mexico City and worked in the analysis and improvement of public organizations, particularly with entities responsible for human rights policies in the City. Subsequently, he actively participated in the planning and construction of Mexico City’s career public service and in issues related to the professionalization of public servants. In addition, he collaborated in the Secretariat of Mobility on innovation and risk control issues. During his professional career, Lautaro has specialized in professionalization, analysis and improvement of organizations, as well as in planning, monitoring and evaluation. He currently works as Institutional Development Coordinator at ProDESC.

Fund-raising Manager

MELISSA RANDO NAVAS

Graduate in Political and Social Science from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po Paris) and Master in International Development from the School of International Affairs of Sciences Po Paris.

 

She began her professional experience collaborating in the “Diagnosis of progress in monitoring and evaluation in the states 2015” prepared by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). Subsequently, she joined the team of the General Directorate of Public Policy of the Attorney General’s Office where she participated in the development of proposals for the improvement of the administration of justice in Mexico. She also worked at the Ministry of Public Function as Deputy Director of Diagnostics against corruption where she contributed to the development of the National Anti-Corruption Policy and in the development of the document Bases for the operation of the National Digital Platform of the Ministry of Public Function. She has imparted methodological workshops on the design of indicators to measure corruption. She is currently in charge of Fundraising at the Institutional Development Coordination of ProDESC.

Institutional Development Member

BETZAIDA LÓPEZ

She holds a degree in Public Administration from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management at UNAM.

 

She began her career in 2015 in the Secretariat of Academic Staff of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, where she performed process improvement activities in the procedures of professors, as well as in the selection of aspiring professors. In 2016 she incorporated to the Government of Mexico City, being in charge of supervising the implementation of work-life balance programs, among them “Oficina en tu casa” (Office in your home). In 2017 she joined the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), where she was responsible for the overall planning for the development of statistical projects, among which are the National Census of Government, Public Safety and State Prison System and the National Census of Federal Government. She is currently a member of the Institutional Development Coordination.

 

Institutional Development Member

TERESITA LANDA

Human Resources Technician. Her professional career was spent in second-tier financial institutions, handling overdue portfolio and treasury matters. She was a supervisor in a pawn shop, where she developed treasury activities. Subsequently, she was head of Human Resources in a private company, developing functions of labor relations, benefits, registration and termination of personnel, payment and training. In her first experience in civil society organizations in 2013, she performed administrative assistant and first contact functions. Since 2018, she is part of the Coordination of Administration and Finance of ProDESC.

 

Administration and Finance Coordinator

ISAURA PAGAZA SÁNCHEZ

She has a degree in Business Administration. She has participated for 35 years in the human rights movement in Mexico. She began her participation in a women’s collective in Chiapas and later in K’inal Antzetik, an organization that works with indigenous women throughout the country. She collaborated in the organization of events for the sale of handicrafts as part of self-sufficiency programs. She also participated in a political group called Convergencia Socialista where she was in charge of administration. Since 2007, she has collaborated with ProDESC. She is currently the Administration and Finance Coordinator where she is responsible for financial planning, as well as the preparation of reports and sustainability projections for the organization.

Responsible for Financial Resources

MARIO GRANADOS

He has a degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida.

 

While studying his degree in Mexico City, he was part of the work team of “Fianzas Banpais” and was sent to the peninsula area of the country to carry out a project of office openings. Subsequently, he joined a textile company in charge of the logistics area for more than 16 years. Currently, he is responsible for Financial Resources in the Coordination of Administration and Finance of ProDESC. In addition to administrative functions, he develops budgets and financial reports for the funders that support the organization’s projects.

Responsible for Accounting and Human Resources

KELLY RODRÍGUEZ

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from the Universidad Alejandro Humboldt in Caracas, Venezuela and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Universidad Simón Rodríguez. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Risk Analysis from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración de Venezuela. He is a certified speaker from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

 

He has developed his professional career in the field of administration, working for nine years as a business manager at a bank serving commercial clients. Then he was an administrator in a company dedicated to the sale of beauty products for 5 years.  Upon his arrival in Mexico he was finance and marketing manager in a company in the tourism industry. In 2017 he was a financial advisor in a company that works with a bank in granting loans. Currently he is part of the Administration and Finance Coordination of ProDESC, as Head of Accounting and Human Resources.

Responsible for Accounting

ELIZABETH ZAMORA QUINTANAR

Public Accountant, graduated from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, campus ESCA Santo Tomas.

She began her career in Accounting Firms, occupying positions of accounting assistant. In 2003 she was Account Receivable Analyst at Universal Pictures.  In 2004 she joined Danone Group, where she worked for 17 years, first as Accounts Receivable Supervisor, performing the collection management in the Self-Service area, in 2010 as Accounts Payable Supervisor, performing payment functions to suppliers and finally in 2018 as Operational Accountant, having as main activity the review of the activities of the Distribution Centers.

She joined ProDESC in January 2022, to perform accounting functions.

 

Analysis and Advocacy Coordinator

EDUARDO VILLARREAL CANTÚ

PhD in Public Policy from the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP) of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.  In 2004, he received the National Thesis Award on Corruption from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

 

He has worked as a professor and researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE), in the areas of Public Policy, Governance, Citizen Participation and Public Policy instruments. He participated as compiler in “Instrumentos de Políticas Públicas”, wrote the book “La Gobernanza en México. Análisis de la participación ciudadana en las políticas públicas” and served as coordinator in the book “Pre-Textos para el Análisis Político. Disciplines, rules and processes”. Since 2020, he has been the Coordinator of Analysis and Advocacy at ProDESC.

Analysis and Advocacy Member

JESÚS GUARNEROS DÍAZ

He has a degree in Human Rights and Peace Management from the Universidad Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City.

Jesús has collaborated with organizations such as the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in the indigenous mountain region of Guerrero, the Mesoamerica Program of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Costa Rica, the Business and Human Rights Reasearch Center for the region of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and in community development projects with campesinos in the central highlands of Mexico. He has also collaborated with the Tlaxcala State Human Rights Commission in the direction of Programs and attention to civil society and with the Foundation for Human Rights Education A.C. organizing and teaching human rights training programs for public officials, activists and the judiciary. He is interested in learning and researching about public policy, business and human rights, gender and justice.

Analysis and Advocacy Member (Labor Human Rights)

STEPHANIE CABELLO

She has a degree in International Relations and a Master’s in Government and Public Affairs from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She has worked at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas. She also worked in the projects division of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security. In 2021, she was the head of the project development department at the Immigration Policy, Registration and Identity of Persons Unit (UPMRIP) of the Ministry of the Interior. Since 2018, she has been a substitute teacher at the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Acatlán. In addition, she is a member of the Red de Politólogas NoSinMujeres.

 

Her interests and professional experience have focused on labor migration, with special emphasis on the H-2 visa system for temporary migrant workers in the US.

Strategic Communication Coordinator

ALAN HERNÁNDEZ PASTÉN

He has a degree in Journalism from the Carlos Septién García School of Journalism.

 

Throughout his 15-year career he has worked as an editor, producer and reporter of hard and soft news content in media such as the BBC, the FT, Vice News and Cultura Colectiva, as well as creating journalistic and comic content for YouTube. He won 2nd place in the “Written Press” category of the 2018 Walter Reuter German Journalism Award, 1st place in the Elliot Awards in the Break in News category and 3rd place in the 2017 TruthBuzz from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Since 2020 he has served as Strategic Communications Coordinator at ProDESC.

Strategic Communication Member

LAUTARO L. MARCIONNI PAVIOLO

Bachelor in Film and TV, Technical Producer in Audiovisual Media, by the National University of Cordoba. With studies on film analysis at UAM Xochimilco and specialization semester at the University of Boyacá.

 

After 10 years working in different areas of audiovisual work, he has made documentaries related to environment, communities and territory in Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica. With themes such as arson, oil contamination, community organization and identity, among others.

He has also directed and scripted works in fiction and stop motion animation, coordinating technical teams of up to 70 people. He has edited for television and has generated social media content for public institution accounts.

 

Co-creator of the platform “memoriaambiental.org”, and collaborator in the communication area of the project “Minibot” (Low cost robot for learning for people with autism).

Transnational Justice Coordinator

JUAN ANTONIO LÓPEZ

He has a law degree from Centro Universitario Grupo Sol. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democracy at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Mexico).  He has completed several diploma courses in human rights.

 

Litigator with more than seventeen years of experience. She has handled agrarian, civil and constitutional trials in defense of human rights. He has been a member of the ProDESC team since 2012, where he has worked as a lawyer in strategic litigation for the protection of human rights related to land and territory, as well as labor human rights. He is also the Coordinator of Transnational Justice at ProDESC.

Senior Lawyer

GUILLERMO TORRES

He holds a law degree from the Universidad Regional del Sureste, with honors, and a Masters in Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He also has a Specialization in Administrative Justice from the Centro de Estudios del Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa. He has taken courses on Strategic Litigation in defense of DESC by the IIJ-UNAM; Inter-American Human Rights System by the IIJ-UNAM, the IACHR and the IACHR Court; and on Amparo Trial by the SCJN. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Critical Theory of Transnational Legal Production (CEIICH-UNAM) and of the Seminar on “Social Rights and Social Justice” (Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM). He has written articles and papers on tax law, transnational law and human rights.

 

Currently, he is a member of the Transnational Justice Coordination of ProDESC, working as a lawyer in strategic litigation for the protection of human rights related to land and territory, as well as labor human rights.

Senior Lawyer

BRISEIDA ARAGÓN

She has a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho. She has participated in seminars on Private International Law, seminars on Agrarian Law and has a Diploma in Energy Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho.

 

She has experience in private law, particularly in civil, commercial and criminal litigation. She also has a extensive knowledge in civil and commercial contracts, corporate and real estate law. As part of her social service, she actively participated in activities related to legislative and parliamentary law issues, with special emphasis on human rights, foreign affairs and migration. Additionally, she has worked as a professor of the chair “Public Management” in the Economic-Administrative Sciences Division of the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo. Currently, she is a member of the Transnational Justice Coordination of ProDESC, working as a lawyer in strategic litigation for the protection of human rights related to land and territory, as well as labor human rights.

 

Semi-Senior Transnational Justice Lawyer

MARLENE RODRÍGUEZ ATRIANO

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Specialist in Human Rights and a Master’s Degree in Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She has obtained several diplomates from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, the Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir and the 17- Instituto de Estudios Críticos in human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights and feminism.

She has worked as a litigation lawyer in family matters oriented to the attention of gender violence. She was a parliamentary advisor in the Congress of Mexico City and also a legal advisor in the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples.

She has collaborated with various civil society organizations and collectives in the defense and promotion of human rights through diagnoses, research, teaching courses, conferences and workshops, especially in processes of autonomy and self-determination of indigenous peoples. She has worked as a teacher in higher education institutions.

Responsible for the Human Rights Defenders and ESCR Program

GABRIEL ROCHA BELLONI

He has a degree in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), a Master in Economics, State and Society from the University College London (UCL) and a Master in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki. He has more than 10 years of experience in monitoring and research in contexts of generalized violence, armed conflicts and socio-environmental conflicts, as well as in the accompaniment of individuals, communities and groups victims of violence in Latin America.

ProDESC Liaison

DANIEL PACHECO ÁLVAREZ

Daniel’s participation in the defense of human rights began with rural communities of the state of Guerrero in the central zone and communities of Alto Balsas, supporting the demand for their rights to food, self-determination and defense of their territory. He also participated within the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Guerrero with groups of artists who demanded the right to express their art and to have adequate spaces for that purpose. In 2008, he participated in the process of defending and demanding rights in the process of defending the territory and self-determination of the ejido La Sierrita against the Canadian mining company Excellon.

Organization Processes Facilitator

DAVID BRAVO RIVERA

He graduated with a degree in sociology from UAM-Azcapotzalco. While studying, he participated in the academic participation in the academic project “Research, habitat and design” of the Research and Design department of the UAM-A, and was part of the student collective “[email protected] por la paz con justicia y dignidad”, in which they developed accompaniment projects with base communities of the EZLN.

He has worked with several civil society organizations developing and accompanying community development processes, productive and cultural projects, union organizing and gender issues. He has also participated in qualitative and quantitative research projects on various topics such as: Situation and position of women in rural municipalities (Lazos A.C.), updating of catalogs of indigenous communities and cultural manifestations of Chiapas and Oaxaca (CIESAS-CDI), methodology for preventive interventions in cities with habitat polygons (ECOSUR-Tapachula) and several investigations to evaluate social programs.

Independently, he has collaborated with several researchers in the use of GIS tools applied to social research.

ProDESC Liaison

OLIVIA FERNANDA GUZMÁN GARCÍA

Originally from the port of Topolobampo, Sinaloa, she is a member and founder of the Coalición de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores Migrantes Temporales Sinaloenses. She has led the struggle for the respect of the labor rights of those who come to the United States under the H-2 visa program. She has been a temporary migrant worker for almost twenty years, and works seasonally in the State of Louisiana (United States) in fishing activities. Since October 2018, she has been in charge of operating the Centro de Asistencia, Asesoría y Atención al Trabajador Migrante en Topolobampo, a project implemented by the Coalition in conjunction with ProDESC.

ProDESC Liaison

EFRÉN LUGO CAMPOS

He has a degree in Communication Sciences at the Universidad de Occidente campus Los Mochis, where he was also part of the production team of institutional radio and television programs. He has been dedicated for 10 years to the production of audiovisual content for companies and government institutions, as well as social causes in the port of Topolobampo, Sinaloa. For the past 5 years he has participated with the Colectivo raíces aéreas in the generation of artistic and cultural spaces in his region of Sinaloa. In addition, for the past 3 years he has been a member of the Coalición de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores Migrantes Temporales Sinaloenses where he provides advice, assistance and attention to fellow workers who, like him, are migrants in search of family, economic and social wellbeing. It is also the place where he has found his passion for human and labor rights.