Ana Victoria Espino De Santiago: a trailblazer for people with disabilities

Ana Victoria Espino De Santiago fulfilled her dream by becoming the first lawyer in the world with Down syndrome after graduating in Law

Ana Victoria Espino De Santiago has made a groundbreaking achievement for people with disabilities by becoming the first lawyer in the world with Down syndrome. She graduated with a degree in Law from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (BUAZ).

Born on January 30, 1999, in Zacatecas, Ana Victoria has defied and surpassed expectations, proving that her condition has never been a barrier to achieving her academic and professional goals.

Early life and education

From a young age, Ana Victoria received the support and encouragement of her parents, Marisol De Santiago Ochoa and Jesús Espino Zapata, who fostered a culture of education and the arts. This support led her to attend the Ana Sullivan Institute for her basic education and later high school. Her love for art has been a constant in her life, leading her to exhibit her paintings in various shows, including the prestigious Congress of the Union in Mexico City with her work “Desde mi cielo” (“From My Sky”).

Passion for human rights

In 2019, Ana Victoria decided to pursue a career in Law at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, driven by her growing passion for law and human rights. With the support of her family, teachers, and classmates, Ana Victoria overcame every challenge, showing unwavering determination. Her goal was clear: she wanted to pave the way for all people with disabilities to occupy decision-making spaces and actively contribute to society.

Advocacy for disability rights

Ana Victoria is also a fervent advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She has participated in various forums and meetings, including those at the Senate of the Republic, where she had the opportunity to discuss with legislators, promoting inclusion and representation of people with disabilities. Her dream is to become a local deputy, a role in which she hopes to make a difference for many people.

With her degree, Ana Victoria joins a prestigious list of people with Down syndrome who have accomplished extraordinary feats, such as Pablo Pineda, the first European graduate with Down syndrome. She proves once again that nothing is impossible.

Felicito a mis queridas Ana Victoria Espino de Santiago asi como a su madre Marisol de Santiago, quien debe ser la mas orgullosa por este logro conseguido !! En hora buena, un ejemplo de superación y de tenacidad.@50mas1Zacatecas

— Clau Corichi Oficial (@ClauCorichi) June 29, 2024

Source: La Jornada Zacatecas


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