Fabián Sánchez Matus

Ashoka Fellow
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Fabián Sánchez Matus was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
As former Director of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH), one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups, Fabián sees tremendous potential in the use of strategic litigation as a vehicle for securing human rights protection in Mexico. Although various Mexican human rights organizations employ lawyers, there are no Mexican organizations that have pursued an integrated strategy of bringing potentially precedent-setting human rights cases through the national court system; seeking recourse in international courts only if necessary. With years of experience and extensive contacts with lawyers and human rights advocates in Mexico and abroad, Fabián is poised to launch the first strategic litigation movement for human rights cases in Mexico.
In addition to leading Centro de Derechos Humanos, A.C. (IDHEAS), Fabián will assist other Mexican human rights organizations develop their litigation strategies, thus creating a nationwide movement. His goal is to achieve a set of Supreme Court precedents—which are more conclusive and powerful than either presidential decrees or federal legislation: To protect human rights in Mexico.
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