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Helena Maleno

Human rights activist, journalist and researcher specialising in migrations and human trafficking, in particular of women and children, she resides in Tangier. In 2002 she founded the group Caminando Fronteras which supports communities of sub-Saharan migrants during their migratory process and also reports human rights abuses occurring on Spain’s southern border. Part of her activism consists of informing Sea Rescue Services and urging them to save drifting and sinking boats. In recognition of this work, she has received many human rights awards, among them the International Peace Bureau Prize. However, she has also been arraigned in both Morocco and Spain on charges of supporting illegal immigration. As a human rights consultant, she has worked as a freelancer with Women’s Link Worldwide, Save the Children and CEAR while, as a journalist, she writes the blog “Pandoras Invisibles” on the Periodismo Humano website as well as being the scriptwriter for the documentary Frontera Sur (Southern Border). She is also co-scriptwriter of the Save the Children documentary Children on the Road. She is the author of Mujer de frontera. Defender el derecho a la vida no es delito (Península, 2020).

Update: 10 January 2019


Has participated in

A morning with Helena Maleno

Dialogue with Helena Maleno

On the Other Side of the Wall