DebEspinosa

DebEspinosa

I am the founder of Living with Conviction as well as an an attorney and multimedia storyteller. I joined this network to meet and learn from other like-minded individuals and organizations. For the most part, legal empowerment is a foreign concept in my community, as is the use of multimedia storytelling for legal advocacy. I’m working to change that.

I came to this work in my home country after over 13 years of working in Africa providing pro-poor and gender-responsive technical assistance to governments and NGOs related to securing land rights and access to customary justice. I’ve designed legal literacy campaigns and curricula, trained paralegals, community members, and traditional authorities, and provided policy and program assistance on land-related matters. I’m most proud of my work in the Mau Forest, Kenya where we helped communities understand their new rights under the new Constitution, leading to the election of women elders to serve alongside men elders resolving land disputes. I produced a short film about the project: Elders Speak: A New Dawn for Women in Kenya: https://www.sameskyphoto.com/new-page