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Central America Regional Office

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Ramón Cadena Rámila – Regional Director
Ramón is a Guatemalan lawyer with more than twenty-five years of experience as human rights advocate. Before joining the ICJ, Ramón Cadena Rámila held different position with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. His duties focused on human rights training, protection of refugees and displaced populations and human rights advisory functions. Ramón Cadena teaches international law at the Human Rights Institute of the San Carlos University and coordinated the MA Human Rights studies of Rafael Landívar University. He was the coordinator of a dialogue on human rights, justice and security in Guatemala sponsored by the OAS and the UN. He has also been a consultant at his country’s Human Rights Ombudsman and the Office of the Prosecutor.

Myrna Lisbeth Samayoa Paz – Administrative Officer
Myrna joined the ICJ in 2008 shortly after the ICJ established an office in Guatemala. She is currently completing her degree in law at the State University Of San Carlos. Before joining the ICJ, Myrna interned at the State children’s court. She holds a diploma in feminism and new masculinities from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala in association with the women’s group “Women’s Initiative for the Americas”.

 

Francisca Sanchez Labriel – Associate Legal Adviser
Francisca joined the ICJ in 2012. She is a lawyer and notary and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Management. Before joining the ICJ, she worked at the Ministry of Education in Guatemala. She has participated in various courses in Guatemala organized by the UN and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

 

Gabriela Fernandez – Consultant Legal Adviser
Gabriela Fernandez joined the ICJ in 2018. She is a lawyer and notary with more than 10 years experience in legal work in Guatemala. Previously she worked at the International Affairs Department of the Supreme Court in diplomatic and consular work and as a legal adviser for the Public Ministry on the Programme to promote security and justice (SEJUST). Before that she worked as a legal adviser with the Ministry for Public Health and Social Services.

 

Rosario Alvarado de Monzón – Finance Officer
Rosario joined the ICJ in September 2014, after more than 15 years of work with DANIDA’s Human Rights Programmes for Central America as Administration and Finance Officer. She has also worked for UNCHR and UNESCO, among other UN agencies. She has a degree in Business Administration, post-graduate studies in Conflict Resolution and is a Sworn translator (Spanish/English-English/Spanish).