Andrea Martínez (MHR) at Human Rights Workshop in Mexico

Master of Human Rights candidate Andrea Martínez is not only a student at the Humphrey School, but also part of the Human Rights Organizations Project (HROP) team, led by Professor James Ron, as a Research Assistant. HROP just finished the first year of an exciting two-year project in cooperation with Mexican academic institutions – FLACSO and CIDE.  

On February 2, 2017, Andrea and José Kaire, a PhD student in the Political Science department, participated in a conference that included a workshop with more than 20 local human rights organizations (LHROs) in Mexico City.

The objective of the conference was to present the findings of HROP’s comprehensive research about the potential for local funding of Mexican LHROs. The study included a survey of leaders of 34 Mexican LHROs and a representative survey of 960 adults from the general public in Mexico City on their perceptions of human right and willingness to donate to human rights organizations. Additionally, HROP’s team conducted two survey experiments to learn more about the public’s giving behavior. Professor James Ron and his team presented the results and findings of the representative survey during this conference.

During the conference, Andrea listened to LHROs’ thoughts and opinions about the findings and learned more about their interests. She was also able to get to know attendees throughout the morning; these relationships will prove to be very important given her future work with the organizations.

As part of the project, Andrea and José will travel to Mexico City over the summer (2017) to work with those organizations. They will help the LHROs analyze the survey data and use it for developing effective funding strategies, advocacy campaigns, or in a way the organizations see fit. Essentially, they will be applying the findings from the research. The final goal is for organizations to effectively use data to support their current strategies and, hopefully, gain more local financial support by reaching out to and connecting with Mexico City residents. This is a unique project that shows the potential for effective advocacy strategies trough the cooperation between academia and NGOs.

Andrea has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE in Mexico. She won the first place of the International Contest on Public Security, Victimization, and Justice in Latin America. She worked for three years at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs on projects aimed to improve the conditions of vulnerable Mexican migrants abroad.   
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