Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Alex Ali Mendez Diaz is a pro bono lawyer spearheading the fight for same-sex marriage across socially conservative Mexico. For his efforts, he won Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award this year

Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Mexico City in 2009 thanks to a 30-year campaign, but it didn’t have a huge impact nationwide given the country’s federal make-up. Across the rest of Mexico, progress was far slower until Mendez demonstrated in his home state of Oaxaca how the recurso de amparo process could be used to make same-sex marriage legal. He began his work in 2011 when he was a student, representing several same-sex couples seeking to marry in Oaxaca. He won one couple’s case two years later.

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