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I(dh)eas, Strategic Human Rights Litigation


Who are we?

I(dh)eas, Strategic Human Rights Litigation, is a non-profit organization founded on May 2009, whose goal is to defend and promote Human Rights at the national, regional and international levels. The specificity of I(dh)eas work relies in its use of strategic litigation as a tool to address a critical human rights issue by using the authority of the law and selecting paradigmatic cases to achieve broader systemic changes that can have a positive impact on a larger number of people.


What is our Mission?

Through human rights strategic litigation, the documentation of cases and the legal accompaniment to victims of gross violations of human rights (enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killings), I(dh)eas seeks to produce regulatory, procedural and behavioral changes within the State institutions, to combat impunity and to protect victims and/or their relatives.


Our working lines

Gross violations of Human Rights:

We aims to foster better investigation and prosecution of gross violations of human rights in Mexico (enforced disappearances, tortura and extrajudicial killings), and thus to contribute to the eradication of these phenomenon.



Enforced Disappearances

I(dh)eas provides legal assistance to relatives of missing persons and accompaniment to groups of family (Colectivos) for the documentation of the cases and the identification of strategies to give new impetus to the investigation and access to justice. I(dh)eas litigates cases at the national and international levels, especially before the United Nations Human Rights System (Human Rights Committee and Committee against Enforced Disappearance).


Torture

I(dh)eas documents, makes visible and denounces cases of torture before national and international bodies, including the Committee against Torture (CAT). Part of I(dh)eas objective if to increase awareness within the society of the important of combatting and eradicating this horrendous practice.


Extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions

I(dh)eas documents cases of victims of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, provides legal assistance to their relatives and makes visible the cases at the national and international levels.

Victim´s rights:

The objective of this working line is to ensure the respect, observance and improve support for victims of gross violations of human rights in Mexico (or their relatives).



Victims’ empowerment

I(dh)eas disseminates information and organizes training workshops throughout the country with victims in order to make known to them their rights established in the national and international regulations.


Legal Support

I(dh)eas brings legal assistance accompaniment to victims before institutions in charge of human rights protection (ombudsman) and before the Executive Commission for the Care of Victims (CEAV) or its equivalent in the states to ensure their access to assistance measure and to comprehensive reparation for the harm suffered.


Advocacy activities

I(dh)eas carries out activities to monitor and to foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability of institutions in charge of providing services to victims of gross violations of human rights.



The highest governing body of i(dh)eas is a general Assembly of Associated Members in conformity with the national law. The Assembly of Associated Members is composed of Luis González Placencia, former head of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District, Director and Founder of ConectaDH, Specialists in Human Rights and Public Policy, A.C.; Rocío Culebro, Executive Director of the Mexican Human Rights and Democracy Institute; Edgar Cruz, Human Rights Defender; Michael W. Chamberlin, Administrative collaborator and investigator in the Fray Juan de Larios Diocesan Center for Human Rights; Leonel Rivero, Litigation lawyer and human rights defender; Mario Santiago Juárez, Executive Director of i(dh)eas; Mara Hernández Estrada, Academician of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and Alejandro Posadas, Academician and Litigation lawyer.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on I(dh)eas.