Fernanda Venzon is a staff attorney at the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC). Her role includes helping local lawyers developing legal strategies, drafting amicus curiae briefs, and conducting research on the applicable national and international frameworks in a range of cases in Latin America in which local communities have been affected by natural resource development projects.
Fernanda holds advanced degrees from Brazil and the United Kingdom in international law, environmental management, and development management, and has a wealth of experience in the human rights and environment area. Prior to joining EDLC, she served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Madre Alliance in Mexico, where she formulated land claims under international human rights frameworks for Tarahumara indigenous communities. She also worked in the Brazilian Amazon, providing legal advice and education on environmental law to traditional peoples living in protected areas.