Miguel Angel DE LOS SANTOS

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Miguel Angel de los Santos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Miguel fosters the self-defense of indigenous peoples, eliminating their dependence on NGOs, private lawyers, church, or government agencies, by training young members of their communities-elected by their communities-to perform human rights legal defense work themselves in state, national, and international courts. To deal with the myriad human rights violations in their state, defenders elected in each of the 13 regions, join together in the Community Human Rights Defenders Network and also train 30 human rights promoters in each region. This makes the defense a collective effort, owned by the community, strengthening its self-organization and self-determination and empowering it without resorting to prohibitive expense.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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