Author Profile: Deborah Espinosa

Deborah Espinosa
At the time this piece was written, Deborah Espinosa was a senior attorney, land tenure specialist, and photographer at Landesa. She is a land law and policy attorney with expertise in land tenure policy, legal and regulatory reform, women’s access and rights to land, land-related conflicts and dispute resolution, land titling and registration, and legal literacy. She also has broad expertise in environmental and natural resources law. Deborah has performed rural fieldwork to understand land-related customary law for purposes of designing new land policy, legislation, and interventions, with particular emphasis on women’s access to land. She has assessed a variety of proposed and existing land laws and policies, land conflict and dispute resolution mechanisms, and government-sponsored land programs. She has managed land dispute resolution and legal aid programs. Deborah is also an accomplished photographer. She is responsible for many of the powerful images on this website as well as many of the beautiful images in Landesa's print material. Her international experience includes Burundi, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation, and Rwanda. Deborah earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and an M.A. in Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She also holds a Certificate in Career Training from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

How to manage African land conflicts through informal justice systems

Sep 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

This post originally appeared on Devex as part of their Land Matters campaign. Conflicts and disputes are a natural and legitimate part of everyday life, present in all human relationships and societies. When people are voicing their opinions, asserting their …
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A Revolution from the Ground Up

Jun 07, 2013 in Kenya , Women's Land Rights

Women in Ol Pusimoru, Kenya have much to celebrate today – but it hasn’t been an easy journey. Back in 2010, Kenya adopted a revolutionary new constitution that offered women unprecedented protections and freedoms – including equal rights to land …
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Kenya’s New Guardians of Justice: Women Elders

Oct 22, 2012 in Kenya , Women's Land Rights

To view this photo essay slideshow, click the photo thumbnails below the main photo.

Maasai elders vow to protect and support rights of women and girls

Jun 12, 2012 in Kenya , Women's Land Rights

This blog was originally posted on the ONE Campaign blog. Dozens of Maasai elders in the Kenyan highlands, who serve as symbols and enforcers of their community’s conservative cultural traditions, have vowed to uphold an entirely new tradition: equal rights …
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A Letter to Mothers in the Developing World

May 13, 2012 in Women's Land Rights

A Letter to Mothers in the Developing World, Landesa salutes mothers in the developing world – our partners. We advocate for your land rights not just because it is a good idea – but because it is essential for alleviating …
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Land rights for women – a ripple effect

Feb 07, 2012 in Women's Land Rights

People often question Landesa’s emphasis on women’s land rights in our work, from China and India to Rwanda and Kenya. Why do women need secure rights to land if their husbands already have such rights?  Do we have something against …
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Photo Essay: Life After Gaining a Land Title

Dec 28, 2011 in Photography , Rwanda

View this photo essay slideshow that depicts what having secure land rights can do for a farming family in Rwanda, three years since receiving a title to their land.

The Next Big Idea

Jul 27, 2011 in Economic Development , Land Acquisitions , Land Rights

“Exchanging ideas that matter” – Big Ideas. That phrase sums up the Aspen Ideas Festival 2011, which I had the privilege of attending as a Scholar thanks to a Landesa supporter.  During the last week of June, Supreme Court Justices, …
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They Know the Solution

May 09, 2011 in Photography , Women's Land Rights

She was one of at least 40 landless women who demanded to meet with us that day.  They had heard that we would be visiting their village to talk with women in self-help groups (SHG) who had participated in the …
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In the Interest of Conservation . . . Landesa Now in Kenya (a Photo Essay)

Jan 13, 2011 in Photography

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