Key note speaker

  • Kevin Casas-Zamora (Costa Rica). Costa Rican lawyer. He currently combines his position of Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and in the Latin America Initiative at Brookings, with his position of Advisor to the Second Report on Democracy in Latin America at the United Nations Development Programme. Most recently, he was Vice President of Costa Rica; Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy; second Vice President of Costa Rica; general coordinator and lead author of Dr. Oscar Arias’ electoral platform (National Liberation Party of Costa Rica); general coordinator and lead author of the Costa Rica’s National Human Development Report (United Nations Development Programme); and consultant/advisor to the Money and Politics Project (International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES). He has authored several studies on political economy, elections, and democratization and civil-military relations in Latin America. His studies include a PhD in Political Science at the University of Oxford (2002), a MA in Latin American Politics and Governance at the University of Essex (1993) and a law degree at the University of Costa Rica (1991).



WG1. The Role of Human Rights and Development in Citizen Security

  • Carmelo Caballero (Paraguay). Paraguayan lawyer, graduated from the Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Paraguay. Mr. Caballero has developed his career path both in the courts and as a professor. Legal experience: Consultant for the Paraguay Transparency Project on the Funding of Political Parties in Paraguay (2008), International observer on behalf of the Paraguayan Electoral Courts at elections held in several Latin American countries (2008), General Coordinator of the General Elections Operating Plan (2008), Deputy Minister for Homeland Security reporting to the Paraguayan Ministry for Homeland Security (2008-2011). Teaching experience: Professor at the School of Legal and Diplomatic Sciences – Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (1993-2009); Professor at the School of Legal and Diplomatic Sciences, Regional Branch in Ciudad del Este (1993-2009); Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Asunción (1995); Professor at the Universidad del Norte Law School (2004-2006). He is President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Asociación de Fiscales del Paraguay.


  • Juan Faroppa Fontana (Uruguay). Born in Uruguay. Received his Ph.D. in Law and Social Sciences from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Legal experience: Under Secretary of Interior of the Government of Uruguay (2005-2007); member of the Secretariat for Follow-Up of the Commission for Peace, designated by the President of the Republic, at the proposal of Mothers and Families of the Detained- Disappeared (2008-2010). Consulting experience: United Nations Department of Political Affairs; United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR); International Organization for Migration (IOM); Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID); Sweedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); International Development Bank (IDB). Mr. Faroppa worked for the United Nations Organization in official missions to El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia and Honduras. He has authored several publications on human rights and citizen security.


WG2. Transnational Aspects of Citizen Security

  • Eric L. Olson (United States). Eric L. Olson is a senior associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In this position he oversees the Institute’s work on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation and research on organized crime and drug trafficking between the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Prior to joining the Wilson Center he was a Senior Specialist in the Department for Promotion of Good Governance at the Organization of American States (2006-2007). He served as the Interim-Director for Government Relations at Amnesty International U.S.A., and was Amnesty’s Advocacy Director for the Americas from 2002-2006. He has testified before the United States Congress on several occasions, appeared in numerous press stories as an expert commentator on human rights, drug policy and organized crime; and has written extensively on U.S.- Mexican relations, democratic and electoral reform in Mexico, U.S. counternarcotics policy, and Colombia. Education: M.A., International Affairs, American University; B.A., History and Secondary Education, Trinity College.


  • Alejandra Mohor (Chile). Chilean sociologist, graduated from the University of Chile. She has worked in research and in public policy, education and citizen security studies. In the latter field, she has coordinated various projects implemented by the Centre of Studies in Citizen Security (CESC, for its initials in Spanish) in Central America and Mexico. Over the past 8 years Alejandra Mohor has been dedicated to citizen security issues that relate to the reform of justice and police systems, serving as Department Coordinator at the Centre of Studies in Citizen Security (Institute of Public Affairs, University of Chile). In 2010, she assumed the position of Coordinator of the Crime Prevention Department at the aforementioned center and, since then, she has been performing various research, outreach and educational activities. Alejandra Mohor has lectured on research methodologies and formulation of indicators, among other topics. She has organized and participated as a teacher in training sessions, and in seminars on citizen security in Latin America.


WG3. Multidimensional Approaches to Citizen Security

  • Marco Antonio Rodríguez Corrales (Bolivia). Bolivian consultant. Designated by the President of Bolivia as National Director of the National Risk Reduction Service (2002). Since 1998, a consultant with the National Civil Defense Service, the Ministry for National Defense, and the Ministry for Sustainable Development. As a Project Manager, he promoted the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act No. 2140, the design of the Amendment Act No. 2335, and the associated regulations (Decree No. 26739). Since 2003, as a member of UNDAC, he participated in ten coordination and response missions to Guatemala, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Peru, Cuba, Honduras, Panama, Haiti and Colombia. On account of his experience and professional background, he is part of the international team of instructors at OCHA, Geneva, (2005) and Team Leaders (2007). Studies: Masters Degree in Corporate Strategy and Global Competitiveness (Bolivia); International Especialization in Strategic Planning and Senior Management (Bolivia); Especialization in Financial Management and Control (Chile/Bolivia); Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Bolivia).


  • Gustavo Béliz (Argentina). Argentine lawyer, graduated from the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires. Mr. Béliz is currently Key Specialist on the Modernisation of the State at the Inter-American Development Bank. However, his professional career has also involved the public sector, more specifically at the level of Cabinet in the Argentine Republic, as Minister of the Homeland Security, Minister of Justice, Security and Human Rights, Secretary of Public Policy, Chairman of the National Anti Money- Laundering Office, and Director of the Latin-American Administration Council for Development (CLAD). He was also chosen to take up a four-year term of office at the Buenos Aires City Council, as Chair of Ecology and the Environment and of the Committee on Sustainable Development of the Buenos Aires City Council, and the Senate of Argentina (City of Buenos Aires) for a six-year term. He resigned from his senatorial role to head the Ministry of Justice, Security and Human Rights.


Group of Women Parliamentarians: Meeting 07. Gender Perspective on Citizen Security

  • Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz (Mexico). Regional Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Latin American and the Caribbean (CATWLAC). Ms. Ziáurriz received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the Instituto Nacional de Pedagogía. She got her Masters Degree in Educational Sciences from the London School of Education (London University) and her Bachelor of Science in Law from the School of Law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Ms. Ziáurriz has handled more than 30,000 litigation cases of rape of women and girls; in her capacity of expert in issues of gender violence and discrimination, she participated in three cases before the United States Immigration Tribunal, petitioning political asylum for victims of family violence; before the Federal Court of the State of New York, she participated in a case of abduction, where the Hague Conventions were first applied in favour of the mother and girls victims of family violence. She has contributed to the drafting and amendment of countless federal and state laws in Mexico, as well as in other countries. In addition, she has assessed and designed state policies and national plans to prevent and punish human trafficking in Latin American countries. At present, she is finishing a new national law to prevent and eradicate human trafficking and related crimes.