Jhanisse Vaca Daza

Senior program officer and Freedom Fellowship director, Human Rights Foundation

Jhanisse Vaca Daza is co-founder of Ríos de Pie, a nonviolent citizen movement focused on human and environmental rights in Bolivia. Ríos de Pie (Standing Rivers) has played a key role in driving humanitarian efforts against the Amazon fires in Bolivia since 2019 and continues to educate Bolivians in nonviolence resistance to protest the government. She is also senior programs officer at the Human Rights Foundation and director of the Freedom Fellowship. Her work focuses on nonviolence as a technique of mass mobilization for social and environmental change. Vaca Daza is the recipient of the 2023 Sákharov Fellowship from the European Parliament and the Peace Ambassador Award from One Young World and the European Commission in 2021.

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