Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2000
Fundación del Pequeño Trabajador
This description of Alejandro Martinez Rodriguez's work was prepared when Alejandro Martinez Rodriguez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
Alejandro Martínez has developed a multifaceted approach to improving the lives of working children and adolescents by empowering them to defend their own rights, including their right to have dignified work. A lawyer by training, who has spent most of his life working with children and adolescents in and around Bogotá–and who himself benefited from dignified jobs when he was growing up–Alejandro fundamentally believes and has shown that dignified work can be a constructive part of a young person's development and a keystone in the repositioning of youth in adult-centric societies.
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