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Paulo Abrão

Paulo Abrão

Paulo Abrão is the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) since August 16, 2016. A Brazilian national, he has a PhD in Law, he was a law professor in Brazil and Spain, he was the Executive Secretary of the Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR and Chairman of Brasil’s Amnesty Commission, in charge of the policies on reparations and memory for the victims of the dictatorship. In the past he was Brazil’s Secretary of Justice, he was Chairman of the National Committee for Refugees and of the National Committee against Human Trafficking. He has professional experience in the management of public policies, as well as financial and budgetary administration. He has worked in the academic, non-governmental, governmental and international areas, coordinating plural and diverse working teams. He also has experience in fundraising and directing international cooperation projects in partnership with international organizations.

Edison Lanza

Edison Lanza

Edison Lanza is the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since October 2014. A Uruguayan lawyer, he graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of the Republic in 1997. The Rapporteur has also served as a journalist in several media outlets; leaded emblematic cases related to the right of freedom of expression before the Inter-American Human Rights System and integrated, directed and founded several non-governmental organizations which defend the right to freedom of expression. He pursued graduate studies on freedom of speech and criminal law at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, and is a PhD candidate in the regulatory process of audiovisual media in the region at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. Lanza has co-founded and presided the Center for Archives and Access to Public Information, CAInfo, co-founded the Media and Society Group, has been a member of the Committee on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information, and of the Working Group on the Inter-American System of Human Rights of the OAS IFEX-ALC alliance in defense of freedom of expression. He has supported the drafting of bills and edited policy initiatives related to access to public information, right of reply and correction, freedom of expression and media outlets, among others. 

Soledad  García Muñoz

Soledad García Muñoz

Soledad García Muñoz is the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights. Lawyer, with extensive experience in national and international litigation. She has a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Human Rights from the University Carlos III of Madrid with a Research Proficiency obtained in the Doctorate Program of the same house of studies. She has worked as a professor of Public International Law in the Law School of the National University of La Plata(UNLP); as well as numerous courses on the topics of her specialty in various programs and postgraduate programs, founding the course "Gender, Women's Rights and Sexual Diversity" in the Human Rights Masters Programs of the UNLP (Argentina), Rafael Landívar University (Guatemala) , and of the Diploma of Gender and Public Policies of FLACSO-Uruguay. She taught the Course on International Protection of the ESCR in the I External Session of Teaching of the Institute Renée Cassin (UBA, Buenos Aires, 2017). She was part of the Expert Commission on Youth and Human Rights of the Ibero-American Youth Organization (OIJ). She has also worked as a consultant for prestigious national and international agencies and academic centers, including several UN agencies. She was Chair of Amnesty International (AI) Argentina, Vice-Chair of the International Executive Committee of AI and Chair of its Working Group on Gender and Diversity. From 2009 until her incorporation to the IACHR, she served as the Representative for South America of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, based in Montevideo, Uruguay. From September 2017, she assumed the position of Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (SRESCER), after being elected by the IACHR in an inter-American public process. She is the first person to carry out this mandat

Maria Claudia Pulido María Claudia Pulido

Maria Claudia Pulido has been the Assistant Executive Secretary for the Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation since September 1st, 2017. A Colombian Attorney, she is responsible for the direction and supervision of situation-monitoring mechanisms on Human Rights, especially in the production of thematic and country reports, promotion activities, technical training and cooperation; and on the monitoring of the recommendations set by the IACHR to the OAS Member States. She’s been working for the IACHR since 2001, where she coordinated the Friendly Settlement Section, the South Cone; the Office of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty; and the Administrative and Financial Section of the Executive Secretariat. Furthermore, she was an officer at the Guatemala and Peru Desks. Previously, she worked as an attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law. Domestically in Colombia, she coordinated the National Unit for Human Rights Monitoring at the National Inspector-General’s Office; she worked for the National Rights Unit of the National Directorate of Criminal Instruction and as an Assistant Prosecutor on Human Rights of the Office of the National Public Prosecutor. As a graduate from the Colombia Externado University, she pursued postgraduate studies in Criminal Law and Criminology at the same Institution; a certificate in Human Rights from the Superior School of Public Administration; and holds an MA in International Law and Human Rights, from the Washington College of Law, of the American University.

Erick Acuña Pereda Erick Acuña Pereda

Erick Acuña Pereda works at athe IACHR since 2012 and is as a Human Rights Specialist in the Cases Section (Merits Group and Group that manages cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights). He completed his law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), where he is a Professor at their Human Rights Masters Program. He received his post-graduate diploma in Human Rights from the University of Chile and completed his Masters (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame (USA). Before starting with the IACHR, Mr. Acuña worked as a researcher for both the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the PUCP and the Ibero-American Network of Experts on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also served as a consultant for the Due Process of Law Foundation in the United States as well as for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, while studying for his degrees, Mr. Acuña worked as a teaching assistant for the School of Law at PUCP and at the University of Notre Dame. He has been published several times in the field of human rights law, and he regularly participates in human rights training and educational programs in Latin America.

Luiz Marcelo AzevedoLuiz Marcelo Azevedo

Luiz Marcelo Azevedo is currently the Senior Officer-in-Charge, a.i., of the Office of Administration, Planning, and Finance of the ES/IACHR. He joined the ES/IACHR in June 2018 as a Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary in charge of the liaison with States and Political Organs of the OAS. A dual US-Brazil national, he studied Law at the Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil) and holds a LL.M (with Distinction) in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting with a specialization in Forensic Accounting from American University (Washington, D.C.). Before joining the ES/IACHR, he was a Legal Officer from 2003-2016 with the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation where he worked on issues related to the fight against corruption in the Americas and drafted reports on the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption for several countries in the Hemisphere. Subsequently, from 2016-2018, he served as an advisor to the OAS Secretary for Legal Affairs, in charge of providing legal advice and technical expertise to the political organs of the OAS, particularly the Permanent Council’s Working Group to Prepare an Institutional Strengthening Proposal for the OAS.

Analía Banfi Vique Analía Banfi Vique

Analia Banfi is an Uruguayan attorney. She has worked at the IACHR since 2007 and is currently a human rights specialist at the Cases Section.  Previously she worked with the Registry Section (2007 - 2010), the Regional Section in charge of non-Spanish speaking countries (2010 - 2014) and as a coordinator of the Admissibility Section (2014-2017). She studied law and international relations at the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and obtained a master's degree in human rights and humanitarian law at the University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas. Before joining the IACHR, she worked at the OAS Justice Studies Center of the Americas (Chile) and interned at the UNESCO (Paris), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (Belgium). Since 2013 she’s an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. She is co-author of the book “Introducción al Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos” published by the Fundación de Cultura Universitaria, Uruguay (4th edition, 2019).

E. Débora Benchoam E. Débora Benchoam

E. Débora Benchoam, an Argentine citizen, studied law at Georgetown University and did postgraduate studies in education at Columbia University's Teachers College. She has worked at the IACHR since 1999, where she has held such jobs as specialist in the areas of freedom of expression and rights of the child, and as the point person on matters related to Bolivia and Venezuela. Since 2009, she has been coordinator of the Protection Group.

Melanie Blackwell Melanie Blackwell

Melanie Blackwell, a U.S. citizen, began working at the IACHR in 2006 as an administrative assistant on the Colombia desk. In late 2006, she was named administrator of the database for petitions and cases before the IACHR, a job she has held since then. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied languages. She learned Spanish in El Salvador as a child and honed her language skills through university exchange programs in Peru, Argentina, and Costa Rica.

Marisol Blanchard Vera Marisol Blanchard Vera

Marisol Blanchard Vera, a U.S. and Chilean attorney and human rights specialist, has worked in the IACHR since 2000. She currently coordinates Inter-Institutional Relation of the IACHR. She previously coordinated the work of the Secretariat related to the rights of boys, girls and adolescents. She has held different responsibilities within the office, including the coordination of the Secretariat and as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders, and of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights. She has also coordinated work involving Mexico, El Salvador and Paraguay, and has collaborated in different thematic Rapporteurships such as freedom of expression, indigenous peoples’ rights and migrants, as well as with the South Cone section. She worked at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in their Washington, D.C. office, and worked in a law firm and as a public defender in Chile from 1995 to 2000. As a law graduate of the University Diego Portales, Marisol was admitted to the Chilean Bar Association. She graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame University, and in 2001 she was awarded with the New Voices Fellowship by the Academy for Educational Development. She has published human rights articles in various topics including freedom of expression, human rights defenders, and social, economic and cultural rights.

Flor Elba Castro Flor Elba Castro

Flor Elba Castro is an industrial engineer from Colombia. She has worked at the IACHR since July 2010, as a project management specialist with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. From 2004 to 2009, she served as deputy director of planning and international cooperation at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) in Colombia. From 2001 to 2004 she was project manager for the Human Rights Promoters Network at the Office of the Ombudsman in Colombia. From 1988 to 2001 she worked as an adviser and manager in various areas of public management, specifically in planning and programming, public budget, and international cooperation, specializing in the design, formulation, execution, evaluation, auditing, and management of projects. She has a Master of Business Administration degree and has done postgraduate studies in human rights, transparency and accountability, and the fight against corruption.

Ivonne Cifuentes Ivonne Cifuentes

Ivonne Cifuentes is the financial officer of the IACHR since May 2009. A Colombian citizen she graduated from the Universidad de los Andes as an Industrial Engineer with emphasis in finance and production, obtaining an academic certificate on economics at the same university. She worked as professors’ assistant performing research and teaching tasks in the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad de los Andes. Before joining the IACHR, she worked at financial and private companies in Colombia as investment banker and planning analyst, and studied Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture during the time she lived in Shanghai, China. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA (Master in Business Administration) at the IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) for which she has been awarded with a scholarship from the IE Foundation. She speaks English, Spanish and has knowledge in Mandarin Chinese.

Norma A. C. Colledani  Toranzo Norma A. C. Colledani Toranzo

Norma A. C. Colledani Toranzo of Argentina is a human rights specialist with the IACHR, where she has held different positions since 2002. She is currently one of the lawyers on the team for the Southern Cone Regional Section. She is also in charge of issues related to economic, social, and cultural rights in the Executive Secretariat, and coordinates the Commission's Fellowship and Internship Program. Norma Colledani studied law at the National University of Tucumán, Argentina, where she graduated at the top of her class (2001). She pursued postgraduate studies in women's human rights at the National University of Chile and a master's degree (LL.M.) in international law and human rights at American University's Washington College of Law (2006), in Washington, D.C.

Paulina Corominas Paulina Corominas Etchegaray

Paulina Corominas Etchegaray is a Mexican lawyer, with more than 20 years of experience in the area of ​​human rights. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Universidad Panamericana of Mexico City and obtained her master's degree in Fundamental Rights at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. In addition, she has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights from Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City and several certificates of studies in human rights. She joined the Executive Secretariat of the Commission in March 2006, as a fellow and from 2007 to 2012, she worked as a monitoring and case specialist for the Southern Cone region. In 2012 she was appointed special advisor to the Executive Secretary of the IACHR and of the Commissioners; position that she held until December 2015. Since then, she has worked as a case specialist for the Merits and Court Group of the Secretariat. Before joining the IACHR, she was worked at the National Commission of Human Rights in Mexico (CNDH).

Eva Fontana Eva Fontana

Eva Fontana, an Argentine graphic designer, has worked in the IACHR Press and Communications Office since 2013. She joined the Commission through a competition for a Webmaster and Design position. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA-FADU), and works as a specialist in design and communication, promoting and defending human rights in the continent. Before the Commission, most of her work experience was as a freelance designer through her design studio. For 12 years she has concentrated on the design and development of solutions related to visual communication, mostly aimed at independent entrepreneurs, both in Argentina and the United States.

Sofía Galván Sofía Galván

Sofía Galván Puente currently serves as Human Rights Specialist at the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty; in addition she also focuses on disability rights. She is a Mexican lawyer who earned her law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and pursued an LL.M., magna cum laude, in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame – Law School. For four years Sofía Galván was the Director of Disability Rights International for Mexico & Central America. Sofia Galván has worked on issues of disability issues and international human rights law in various settings such as government agencies, human rights commissions, universities, legal offices and NGOs. Likewise, she worked at the Inter-American Human Rights Court as Visiting Professional and at the IACHR as a “Rómulo Gallegos” Fellow. In addition, she has been a professor at UNAM, has written legal publications national and internationally, and has given lectures in the Americas and Europe.

Christian Gonzalez Chacon Christian Gonzalez Chacon

Christian Gonzalez Chacon currently serves as a Human Rights Specialist with the cases section of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). He is a Guatemalan lawyer who earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Rafael Landivar University, and pursued an LL.M., magna cum laude, in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame – Law School. He previously worked as a Fellow and consultant at the Office of the Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR.  In the past he worked as a Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Before that, he was a Legal Intern at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). He has been published several times in the field of human rights law.

Gloria Gordon Gloria Gordon

Gloria Gordon, a Salvadoran national, works at the IACHR since 1993. She is currently the Documents Technician, function that includes the coordination and supervision of all the publications and decisions of the Commission. Before working at the OAS, she worked for the Food and Drug Administration of the US Federal Government. Previously, she served in the US Air Force, where she studied Administration.

Lilia Koechlin

Lilia Koechlin

Lilia Koechlin, of Peruvian nationality, began working at the IACHR in July 2006 as an administrative assistant. She currently does administrative and support tasks on the DMS and PCMS systems. She studied at the Main National University of San Marcos (executive secretarial studies), at the Catholic University of Peru (English), and at Garcilazo de la Vega University (Economics). She worked in Peru as an executive secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Finance; in the Credit Management Office of the Banco Industrial; and at the SUNAT National Administration of Systems and International Consultancy until 2002. In the United States, she worked as a secretary in the Inter-American Development Corporation at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) until June 2006.

Mario Lopez-Garelli Mario López-Garelli

Mario López Garelli, a Paraguayan citizen, a lawyer and doctor in juridical sciences, joined the staff of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 1995, where he current serves as Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the IACHR. Among several prior responsibilities in the Commission, he was the Director of Thematic Monitoring; Subregional Coordinator; liaison for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants; and desk officer for Argentina, Ecuador, El Salvador, Chile and Mexico.  He has participated in visits with the IACHR to investigate the situation of human rights in OAS Member States, and represented de Commission in cases and provisional measures before the Inter- American Court of Human Rights, as well as in international meetings, conferences and seminars.

Clara Cecilia López Moreno Clara Cecilia López Moreno

A Colombian citizen, Clara Cecilia López Moreno studied languages, with a specialization in English and Spanish, at the National Pedagogical University of Bogotá. She had studied to work as a business secretary. She received a scholarship from the Youth for Understanding Program to participate in a one-year exchange program in the city of Los Angeles, where she finished high school. She has worked at the IACHR since 2007 on the Registry Group. Previously she worked for three years as an administrative assistant at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She also worked for 10 years as a language teacher at Cafam High School in Bogotá. She has also worked as an executive secretary at the Ministry of National Education in Bogotá and the National Pedagogical University.

Karin Mansel Karin Mansel

Karin Mansel is a licensed attorney of the Lima Bar Association in Peru with a comprehensive knowledge of public international law. Ms. Mansel graduated from the Catholic University of Peru Law School and she has earned an LL.M. degree in Public International Law form the University of Leiden. Immediately prior to assuming her current position of Human Rights Specialist assigned she was based in Peru working for the Ministry of the Presidency in poverty issues. In 2004 Ms. Mansel earned the Romulo Gallegos Fellowship of the IACHR. She has also worked and interned at the Victims Participation and Reparation Unit of the International Criminal Court, law firms and at the Executive Secretariat of the Andean Community. Ms. Mansel has worked on matters related to the Colombian armed conflict, transitional justice, humanitarian international law, gross human rights violations, and due process, among others. She is currently part of the Geographic Monitoring area and monitors the general human rights situation of 11 countries in the region.

Ana Cecilia Márquez-Rey Ana Cecilia Márquez-Rey

Ana Cecilia Márquez-Rey, who is from Peru, began working at the IACHR in 1994. She is now a senior secretary in the office of the Executive Secretary and works directly for him. Her tasks include coordinating the work of the administrative assistants in the Commission's Executive Secretariat. Ana Cecilia Márquez-Rey completed her technical studies as an executive bilingual secretary in Lima, Peru. Before coming to the United States in 1992, she worked in the private sector, including at the commercial firm Hogar S.A. and the Banco de los Andes in Cuzco, Peru.

Fiorella Melzi Fiorella Melzi

Fiorella Melzi is a Peruvian attorney and human rights specialist. She has worked for the Inter-American Commission since August 2006, first with the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and now with the Mesoamerica and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean Regional Section. Before that, she worked for the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Peru, for the United Nations Population Fund, and for nongovernmental organizations. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Lima, Peru. She earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, Canada, on a scholarship from the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme. She is a member of the Lima Bar Association.

Joyce Mendoza Joyce Mendoza

Joyce Mendoza, a Peruvian national, has been working in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since April 2007.  She currently works as an Administrative Technician for the Office of Administration, Planning and Finance of the ES/IACHR. She previously worked as an administrative assistant in the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Office of Press and Communications and Thematic Rapporteurships of the ES/IACHR. Before joining the IACHR, she worked in Viajes Iberoamérica Perú - International Travel and Tourism Wholesaler. She studied Bilingual Executive Secretariat in Lima and attended numerous international tourism seminars and courses.

Jorge Humberto Meza

Jorge Humberto Meza

Jorge Humberto Meza Flores is a Mexican attorney and serves as human rights specialist of the Court Group, who manages cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Previously, he worked at the IACHR Office of the Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders (2011-2013) and as a fellow of the Unit for Human Rights Defenders (2011). He earned his law degree with honors at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and he is currently an LLM candidate of the Faculty of Law of Georgetown University, USA. In Mexico, he worked as a research assistant at the UNAM Institute for Legal Research and at the same university's Office for the Coordination of Postgraduate Law Specialties. He is a Professor of the class of human rights at the Law Faculty of UNAM, Distance Education Program. He has been a consultant on different human rights research projects at public institutions in Mexico and at the IACHR Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. He has written several articles on human rights and participates in human rights trainings.

Gloria Amanda Molina

Gloria Amanda Molina, of U.S. nationality, began working at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 1997 as administrative assistant.  She began to work with matters of Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala. She worked for the Administrative Department, the EFP Regional Section related to matters of the United States, Canada, Brazil, the English and French-speaking Caribbean, and the Department of Promotion and Public Policies along with Friendly Settlement and Follow-up Section.  She also worked in the Department of Petitions and Cases in the Petitions Section (SP). She is currently working in the Processing and Support Section. She completed her studies in Managua, Nicaragua.

Erika Montero Erika Montero

Colombian lawyer, graduated from the Universidad Libre. She currently works as a specialist in human rights and conflict resolution of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, as Coordinator of the Friendly Settlements and Follow-up Section. She was also in charge of the Unit on the Rights of Older Persons, as well as the monitoring of the human rights situation in Bolivia and Peru. She was Consultant of the Registry Group of the IACHR, worked in the Court Group and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of the Child of the IACHR. Previously, she worked as a researcher in the Advanced Studies Program in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law. She also worked at the Fred London Law Office in Baltimore, on issues of medical assistance, disability and social security. She was a Professional Visitor in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and did internships in the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Center for Justice and International Law CEJIL, and before the Administrative Contentious Jurisdiction in Colombia. She holds a Master's Degree (LLM) in International Law and Human Rights from American University Washington College of Law and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from the San Martin de Porres University of Peru. She has also done graduate studies at the Academy of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as well as in the Center for International Arbitration of American University Washington College of Law. In addition, she is a mediator trained under the requirements of Rule 17 of the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Sandra Morin

Sandra Morin, a Bolivian national born in Cochabamba, is administrative assistant for the Regional Section Andean I, which deals with matters of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. She works at the IACHR since 2006.

Mariella Onetti Mariella Onetti

Mariella Onetti was born in Lima, Peru. She began working at the IACHR Executive Secretariat as an administrative assistant in the Registry Section. Since then, she has been in charge of handling administrative tasks related to the petitions under review and fielding questions asked by users of the inter-American human rights system. Her administrative experience in the legal field stems from her years of service at the Law Offices of Romeny Wright, P.C., at Realty Title Services, and at SMS Title and Escrow, all based in the U.S. state of Virginia. Mariella Onetti obtained her degree as an executive secretary in Lima, Peru.

Andrés Pizarro Sotomayor Andrés Pizarro Sotomayor

Panamanian lawyer graduated from the Law School of the Santa Maria La Antigua University in Panama (2006), with a master of laws (LLM) in international law with emphasis on human rights from the University of Notre Dame, USA (2009). He joined the IACHR as a fellow from 2007 to 2008; and in 2009 –after his LLM program– he was hired as a specialist for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty. In 2014 he joined the former Mesoamerican and Caribbean Spanish-Speaking section; and from 2015 to the present, he works in the Directorate of Petitions and Cases. He is the author of several publications and translations, and has taken specialization and continuing education courses at American University (USA), the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and The Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands). Prior to his work in the Inter-American Commission, he worked in NGOs in Panama and the United States.

Ilcia Rivas Ilcia Rivas

Ilcia Rivas, a citizen of United States and El Salvador. She joined the OAS in 1999 as a Consultant. She incorporated the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in June 2004 as Administrative Assistant and later worked as Administrative Technician. She currently works as Administrative Officer of the Office of Administration, Planning, and Finance of the ES/IACHR. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor in Business Administration; Master in Business Administration and a Master of Science with a Specialization in Project Management.

Leonor Rivera Correa

Leonor Rivera Correa, a Peruvian National, works at the IACHR since 2006. Initially, she worked as Administrative Assistant for the Desks of Bolivia, Peru and Dominican Republic; later she was the Administrative Assistant of the Andean II Region (Peru and Bolivia). Currenlty, she is the Administrative Assistant of the Court Group. In Peru she worked for the Banco de la Vivienda, in the liquidation process of the same Bank, and later in the liquidation processes of the Banco de Fomento, Mutuales de  Vivienda and Entidades Financieras.

Hilaire Sobers Hilaire Sobers

A citizen of Barbados and Jamaica, Hilaire Sobers has worked at the IACHR as a human rights specialist since 2004. He is currently the coordinator of the Training and Dissemination Section which is part of the newly established Department of Promotion and Public Policy.  Immediately prior to this assignment, he was the staff attorney for Rapporteurship on People of African Descent and Against Racial Discrimination. Hilaire graduated from the University of the West Indies (1986) and the Norman Manley Law School (1988). He also holds a Master’s degree in Law an Development from  the University of Warwick (2003). Before coming to the IACHR, he worked in the field of human rights in Jamaica, where he served as Executive Director of the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights. He has also consulted with a number of international human rights organizations, particularly on human rights issues in Jamaica and the Caribbean relating to the death penalty, police abuses of citizens' rights, discrimination against the LGBT community, among others. Outside of the Caribbean, he has participated in international human rights missions to countries like Turkey and South Africa. A former columnist for the Jamaica Observer, Hilaire Sobers has written a number of newspaper articles on these issues, and more recently contributed a chapter to a new publication - Responsibility to Protect: Promise to Practice (459-480). Cambridge University Press. Zyberi, G. (ed.). 2013. [Responsibility to Protect and the Inter-American System of Human Rights].

Ronald Soltes Ronald Soltes

Ronald Soltes is a US national and has worked at the IACHR since 2008. He did his undergraduate studies in foreign language (Spanish) at George Mason University and post-graduate studies in Translation (Portuguese/English) at University of Maryland. He has worked at the IACHR as an administrative assistant  in the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, Mesoamerica section, Protection Group, and is currently a member of the Processing Unit.

Marta Tavares Marta Tavares

Marta Tavares is a Venezuelan attorney, and she currently works as a human rights specialist with the IACHR Registry Group. She graduated from the University of Zulia in 2002 and did her postgraduate studies in international human rights law at American University's Washington College of Law (2007). She was a Rómulo Gallegos Fellow (2007-2008) and did a number of professional practicums at nongovernmental organizations based in Washington, D.C. She has also worked on the state of Zulia’s Civil and Commercial Court and Court for the Protection of Children and Adolescents.