Patricia van Nispen set up the foundation in 1996 and has developed MJ4All ever since, leading the organization through its different phases: starting in the former Yugoslavia working on the post-war rehabilitation of refugees; and ever since 2007 Microjustice has served as an innovative way of international development cooperation in Latin America and since 2010 in Africa as well. Patricia van Nispen always wanted to do what she is doing now. That is why after her Masters in Law, she did her post-graduate studies in International Relations, and became inspired to focus in particular on the ‘human aspects’ of it. To her this is something that seemed to be lacking. A precondition for democracy and durable peace is that all people are protected and integrated in the system; thus instead of speaking of abstract concepts such as ‘States’, one has to look beyond this concept. The people living within that State need to be protected. In MJ4All she has found the perfect way to engage in this in a structural way. Prior to creating MJ4All, she worked with a commercial law firm in Amsterdam (Houthoff Buruma; 1990-94) and with the UN in Rwanda, Malawi and Croatia (1994-96).
Elena Avilés Hernández, has been working as an expert in international cooperation, legal inclusion and human rights since 2015, once she finished her Master in International Cooperation and Development Policies in Málaga (Spain), however her background with minority groups began more than eight years ago in Latin America and Africa . During her work in the UNDP Bolivia, she dealt with the monitoring and assessment of a project implemented in Coordination with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOIKA) in Cochabamba. After finishing her job in Bolivia she continued working with vulnerable groups in FEM, a Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia, in order to provide the legal tools necessary for developing their rights into the national framework. She also studied Law and Political Sciences in Granada (Spain), London (United Kingdom) and Valparaiso (Chile).
Carmen has been working as an expert in social development, human rights and gender with various international institutions and NGO’s, in order to improve the life of women and indigenous people, especially to support women to actively participate in the political and business society. During her work within European Union programs in Guatemala, she dealt with the implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation and review and assessment of projects in accordance with the procedures established by the EU. Carmen has a Master degree in Social and Political Studies of Latin America from the University Alberto Hurtado in Chile. She lives in The Netherlands and has a dual nationality (Guatemalan/Dutch).
Ronald Grimaldi Chura Carlos, an ICT engineer, has worked with Microjusticia Peru (MJP) since its creation in September 2008, as part of an excellent interdisciplinary team that has been able to boost Microjustice in Peru in the regions of Puno, Cusco and Lima. He is responsible for all management, development, research and support related to ICT. He feels glad to be able to use his professional skills to contribute to the work of an organization that helps the most vulnerable people to become legally empowered.
MJ4All Country Organization Teams
- Bolivia (meet them)
- Peru (meet them)
- Argentina (meet them)
- Rwanda (meet them)
- Western Balkans (meet them)
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