Yessica’s interest in intersex causes started in law school where she looked for the creation of awareness around the human and fundamental rights of the intersex population and their particular situations. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Law and began to work in an NGO, building projects for the resocialization of victims of the Colombian armed conflict, and the recognition of the LGBTI population as independent victims of this. Following this, she did a specialization in criminal law which allowed her to get a broader perspective for her job. She next worked in the Ministry of Public Affairs, the dependency of Human Rights, in the creation of public policy for the LGBTI community which includes the particular needs of the intersex population. This was the first time governmental spaces were opened for the debate and establishment of public consciousness of the needs of the intersex population and the protection of their human rights.

Yessica also worked in the Ministry of Agriculture protecting the human rights of the indigenous population to get access to new lands as part of the peace agreements and finally moved to Budapest to study a Master’s in International Relations to gain a better understanding of intersex causes in Europe.

Yessica commenced her 36-month Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship at Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública in Spain in January 2021.

Outreach Activities

17 June 2022 Europubhealth+ Research Meeting 

On June 17, 2022, PI Amets Suess Schwend, ESR9 Yessica Mestre Martínez and ESR10 Ernesto Zelayandía González participated in the Europubhealth+ Research Meeting, with an online presentation titled “INIA. Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches: Generating knowledge on intersex human rights and wellbeing”.

The Europubhealth+ Research Meeting was organised by the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Sciences, University College Dublin.

The participating institutions are:

    • EHESP French School of Public Health, University of Rennes
    • Maastricht University
    • Sheffield University, School of Health and Related Research
    • Institute of Public Health, FHS, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow
    • University of Granada/Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública
    • School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin

To view the Programme, please click here.

22 April 2021: INIA panel at DCU online conference, Intersex 2021: A vision for the future

On April 22nd during the online conference hosted by Dublin City University, the INIA project was introduced to conference participants. The panel was composed of the coordinator, Prof. Surya Monro, Principal Investigator, Amets Suess Schwend, and ESRs Yessica Mestre, Daria Abrosimova, Adeline Berry, Axel Keating and Steph Lum. The conference booklet can be consulted here. A link to the conference can be found here.

24 February 2021: Three-minute thesis competition

ESR Yessica Mestre participated in the three-minute thesis competition of the University of Granada on February 24, 2021. In total, the semifinal of the competition brought together twenty doctoral students from various departments of the University of Granada. For her presentation “the research for the 1,7%”, Yessica talked about the research objectives of her INIA project, which aims to identify human rights violations in research related to intersex issues and develop principles for a human rights-based research practice in intersex studies.