Who We Are - Defensa y Yo

Who Are we defensa y yo

“Defensa y Yo” (“Defense and Me”) is an initiative of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate of Spain and Andorra in partnership with Helsinki España. The 2024 program will be the 4th edition sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate of Spain and Andorra.

Defensa y Yo – U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra (es.usembassy.gov)

Helsinki España -
Human Dimension

“Helsinki España – Human Dimension” is the organization leading the 4th edition of the project “Defensa y Yo”. Their unwavering commitment is to promote the respect and safeguarding of human rights through higher education while focused on creating high-quality educational initiatives encompassing human rights, conflict prevention, peace building, and development. Envisioning a world characterized by peaceful societies upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms, Helsinki España strives to be a preeminent organization in peace, human rights, and development, both nationally and internationally, aspiring to lead through the excellence and diversification of our educational and training programs, with a special focus on civilian training for peacekeeping missions and operations. You can find all the information about Helsinki España’s work, projects, and over 30 years of trajectory on the website: www.helsinkiespana.org 

Meet the team

María Jaén Barandiarán

Angela Suárez Jaimes

Secretary General


Rocío Bresca Gómez-Martelo

Education and Volunteering Director