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Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Executive Secretary
United States
Emilio Álvarez Icaza has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Mexico). In 1999, he was elected Counselor of the Electoral Institute of the Federal District; later, in 2001, he was elected President (Ombudsman) of the Commission of Human Rights of the Federal District (CDHDF). He has been professor of human rights in the Graduate Division of UNAM’s Law School. He has been a panelist and given presentations in more than 300 forums in the United States, Europe, Africa and Latin America. He has published two books and more than 80 articles on human rights-related topics. In addition, he has participated in several civil society initiatives, including as Director General of the National Center for Social Communication (Cencos). He has been an independent consultant and expert in issues relating to human rights, democracy, citizen participation, civil society and public policy. He has received more than 50 recognitions, awards and national and international distinctions.