Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Mexico

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.

In Mexico, AJWS promotes collective land rights of indigenous and afro-descendant communities; confronts internal displacement and environmental degradation due to megaprojects; and protects and promotes the work of human rights defenders. AJWS partners work to increase political participation and amplify the voices of historically marginalized communities, including indigenous populations, women, youth, and LGBT people. AJWS also promotes the freedom from discrimination, stigmatization, and violence, as well as access to safe health services for women, girls, LGBT people, and sex workers.

Recent Projects in Mexico

Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana Tlachinollan
Sustainable Indigenous Territorial Management

Purpose: To develop sustainable land management practices for indigenous people by strengthening advocacy skills, increasing agro-ecological production, and protecting natural water sources.

Centro De Derechos Indígenas Flor y Canto, A.C. (Flor y Canto)
Water Rights and Management in Agricultural Communities

Purpose: To protect equal access to water by providing legal defense for farmer cooperatives, designing sustainable management systems for communal sources of water, and strengthening local and national alliances.

Centro para los Derechos de la Mujer, Naaxwiin
Indigenous Women's Rights and Violence Prevention

Purpose: To prevent sexual and gender-based violence and to promote women's political participation by providing culturally appropriate services to rural indigenous women experiencing violence, and advocating to the state for better indigenous women's rights policies.

Colectivo Oaxaqueno en Defensa del Territorio (CODT)
Defending Territorial and Resource Rights in Oaxaca

Purpose: To demand corporate and government accountability for threats to local land and resources rights by designing advocacy campaigns and collective actions, engaging in community organizing and alliance building, and pursuing research, documentation and legal defense.

Otros Mundos
Water and Energy Popular Education School

Purpose: To advance food sovereignty and sustainable management of water and energy by training community members in agro-ecology techniques, food sovereignty, and sustainable use and production of energy and water; and supporting a network of rural peasant families.

Proyecto de Derechos Economicos, Sociales y Culturales A.C. (PRODESC)
Transnational Corporate and Governmental Accountability of Companies that Violate Human Rights and the Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Communities

Purpose: To ensure corporate and government accountability by providing technical assistance to the national mining union to increase union democracy, ensuring responsible wind energy development, building innovative transnational strategies among labor rights activists, and ensuring safety and security of labor rights organizations.

Servicios del Pueblo Mixe, A.C.
Strengthening Natural Resource Rights Work

Purpose: To protect rights to land and natural resources of Ayuuk indigenous people by raising awareness on indigenous collective rights violations, strengthening the organization's natural resource rights advocacy strategies, and developing community-based strategies for land sustainable management.

Teatro Cabaret Reinas Chulas A.C. (Las Reinas Chulas)
Political Cabaret-Theatre: Promoting Political Debate, Critical Thinking and Solutions for Human Rights Violations

Purpose: To advocate for cultural policies to include human rights and gender equity by engaging in dialogue with key decision makers; performing public cabaret theater on current political issues; and implementing a gender equity training strategy with women actresses and radio programs.

Union de Organizaciones de la Sierra Juarez, Oaxaca (UNOSJO)
Increasing Political Participation of Indigenous Women on Natural Resource Rights

Purpose: To raise awareness and promote political participation among indigenous communities about their natural resource and collective rights by engaging with existing laws that favor the rights of indigenous people; advocating to demand the right of communities to elect their own authorities; and building the political leadership of women.

Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo (UCIZONI)
Promotion of Indigenous Rights and Culture

Purpose: To promote food sovereignty and the right to ancestral territory for indigenous people by supporting the production of local food; advocating for and improving current laws that favor the rights of indigenous people; and mobilizing communities when human rights are violated.