Hi Rashel, can you tell us a little bit about the Rebeca Lan organization and its mission?

The Rebeca Lan organization is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting the social and work reintegration of women who have been deprived of their freedom in Mexico.

I was only 13 years old when I was separated from my mother, Mrs. Rebeca Lan, for eight years through her imprisonment. I witnessed a world of loneliness, abuse, and lack of dignity inside the prison. The hardest loss for both my mother and me was the separation during crucial years of my childhood and the feeling of maternal loss.

My mother, Rebeca Lan, was a loving and brave woman. After overcoming her pain, she became a ray of light for her fellow inmates. During her time in the system, she managed to turn her time of confinement into a ladder of growth for redemption. She was able to finally gain the strength to believe in herself and inspire others. She empowered women to gain the strength to fight for a dignified life of freedom, which they deserved.

In 2016, I created the Rebeca Lan Foundation in order to continue the noble work of my mother’s legacy, which involves women’s transformation. The love, courage, and strength that I learned from my mother gave me the tools to foster this organization. The foundation brings women closer to the possibility of changing their paths and entering back into society while gaining emotional healing, creating family bonding, and learning advanced life skills, which lead them back into the labor force.

Our mission is to empower these women with education and job training, and to help them find opportunities for employment after their release. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance, we are committed to changing the social stigma around these women.

That´s amazing. How did you become involved with this cause?

Because of my story, I have always had a deep sense of social responsibility and a passion for helping others. When I learned about the situation of women who have been victims of the Mexican penal system, I knew that I had to do something to help. I founded the Rebeca Lan organization to provide these women with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives.

What do you see as the biggest challenge for women who have been deprived of their freedom in Mexico?

One of the biggest challenges these women face is the social stigma that surrounds them. Many people believe that once you have been in prison, you are a lost cause and cannot be rehabilitated. This makes it difficult for these women to find employment and to reintegrate into society. We are working to change this perception by demonstrating that these women have potential and deserve a second chance.

Can you talk about some of the programs that the Rebeca Lan organization offers to these women?

We offer a variety of programs that are designed to support the social and work reintegration of these women. We provide education and job training programs, as well as counseling and support services to help them overcome the trauma they have experienced. We also work with employers to create opportunities for employment after their release.

What do you see as the biggest accomplishment of the organization so far?


I think our biggest accomplishment has been giving a voice to these women and shedding light on their stories and struggles. Through our programs, we have empowered them with education and job training, and have helped them to find opportunities for employment after their release. We have also attracted the support of influential politicians, artists, and social media influencers, which has helped us to raise awareness of our cause.

What message do you have for people who want to support the cause?

I would say that supporting the Rebeca Lan organization is not just about helping these women, but it is also about creating a more just and equal society for everyone. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance, and we are committed to changing the social stigma around these women. If you want to support our cause, you can visit our website and make a donation or volunteer your time to help us with our programs. Every little bit helps, and we appreciate your support.

This is so informative, thank you Rashel.

Thank you, if anyone wants to know more about it you can find me on Instagram as @rashelcohenlan.

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