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Yésica Sánchez Maya

Human Rights Defender, Oaxaca Consortium

Yésica Sánchez Maya is a woman human rights defender and member of the executive team at Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca, a feminist organisation with 15 years of experience working in Oaxaca, Mexico, promoting the recognition, respect and exercise of women’s human rights as well as gender equality.

In 2020, in the context of International Human Rights Day, it was announced that the “Movement for Our Disappeared” was awarded the Franco-German Gilberto Bosques Human Rights Award, and Yésica – as a defender – received an honorable mention “for her tireless efforts for women’s rights” .

She is a specialist in strategic litigation for the defense of  indigenous people, victims of abuses of authority, criminalization of social protest, arbitrary detention, torture and women survivors of gender-based violence. Yésica is also an expert  in  the  comprehensive protection of human rights  defenders and in international advocacy. She played a mediating role in the Oaxaca 2006 social conflict.

In 2008, she became a partner and member of the Management Team of the Civil Association, Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Oaxaca Equity. As such, she is responsible for the Social  Movement Construction Program. Between 2003-2008, Yésica was the President of the ‘Liga Mexicana de Derechos Humanos Limeddh-‘ Oaxaca. She worked on defending political prisoners, cases of torture, arbitrary detention, harassment, enforced disappearance, violence against women and due process violations.

Prior to this, she was a Legal Advisor to the Mexican League for the Defense of Rights in Oaxaca and a member of the Popular Legal Counsel, where legal advice was given to prisoners who were indigenous people.

She is a recipient of the “Leaders of Human Rights Faces for Equality 2019” award, from the Government of Canada. The European  External  Action Service Campaign of the European Union also distinguished her work during the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-Oct in 2018 (see video here).



  • Under attack human  rights in Oaxaca 2013-2018  Citizen  report, Oaxaca,  Mexico (Editorial  coordination,  research  and  writing). Ed. Spiral for Life A.C., Services for an Alternative Education A.C. and all.
  • “Aggressions against human rights defenders in Mexico” Diagnosio Nacional.   January 2017.  Ed.  National Network of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico.
  • “Where’s the hope? Looks at feminicide violence and femicides in Oaxaca during the government of Gabino Cué  (2010-2016)”  Ed. Consortium  for   the Parliamentary Dialogue and Oaxaca A.C
  • “Human rights defenders in the spotlight. Challenges for its comprehensive protection in Oaxaca” (Coordination, editorial coordination and research and writing) Ed: Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca A.C., Centre for Women’s Rights (naaxwiin)  A.C, Services for an  Education-  Alternative Cation  A.C. (EDUCA) and others. December  2015.
  • “Citizen Report AUSENCIAS.  Femicidal violence and  Femicide in Oaxaca, 4th year of government of Gabino  Cué  Monteagudo”. November 2015. (Research and writing) Ed. Consortium for parliamentary dialogue and equity Oaxaca A.C. Migrant hostels  “brotherson theroad” A.C. and  others.

Speaker at National and International events
  • Table talk “Scenarios of political violence for women during 2018 elections in Mexico” in Catedra Marcela Lagarde  of CIESAS and UABJO (November 2018).
  • “Voices for building a life without violation” by UABJO and the Ombudsman’s Office specializing in Gender Equity and Care for Women Victims of Violence (November 2018).
  • Table talk “Sexual Violence and Legal Paradigms” at CIESAS-South Pacific Unity Political, Economic and Social Parity Seminar (August 2018).
  • Conversation “Gender Perspective as an important factor for the attention of gender-based violence in UGMX’s “Legal Psychology and Forensic” Day(June 2018).
  • Conversation of the Women’s Human Rights Day at the Universidad Iberoamerican de Puebla (March 2018).
  • Conference as part of International Women’s Day at the Oaxaca Institute of Technology (March 2016).

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