Fabienne Venet

Ashoka Fellow

Citation

This profile was prepared when Fabienne Venet was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Fabienne began her work helping to defend immigrants from Central America trying to reach the US by winning the right to visit detention centers. But the more she worked with them, the more she realized that the extortion and kidnappings of these immigrants was only part of a deeper, more systemic problem regarding a lack of respect for human rights in Mexico.

Through her citizen organization (CO), the Institute for Migration Research and Outreach (INEDIM), Fabienne has become a catalyst and convener of a broad network of COs and key government officials who share a common vision to overcome the lack of institutional respect for human rights in Mexico; especially among the military, police, and in its health and education systems. By strengthening human rights laws in Mexico and by pushing for changed institutional behaviors in these key organizations, Fabienne will also reduce the dramatic human right’s abuses perpetrated against Central American immigrants.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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