Sarah Thomas de Benítez
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Sarah Thomas de Benítez has spent over a decade workingwith and for street children. Arriving in Mexico in 1985 as a young diplomatic officer in the BritishEmbassy, Sarah later joined the UK’s International Children’s Trust as its first field officer in Latin America.In 1988, with husband Gabriel Benítez, Sarah co-founded the first "JUCONI" Foundation (Junto Con LosNiños) for street children in Puebla, Mexico, serving as executive director for five years. JUCONI Mexicowas quickly recognized by UNESCO as an "Innovator in Education", gaining widespread public and pri-vate support. In 1994, Gabriel and Sarah co-founded a JUCONI Foundation in Ecuador, serving as direc-tors until 1996. Sarah then led the pioneering inter-institutional META Project, aimed at improving servicesfor excluded children in Mexico and Ecuador. Mother of two and now a dual Mexican-British citizen,Sarah received her master’s degree in public policy at Princeton University, USA. She is consultant to theJUCONI foundations, the Consortium for Street Children, UK, and the International Children’s Trust.
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