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Photography by: Jessamine Bartley-Matthews

The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) brings together researchers from nine Latin American countries with the goal of analyzing the impact of criminal law and legal practice surrounding illicit drugs.

Imágen Investigadora

Isabel Pereira 

Politóloga de la Universidad de los Andes de Colombia (2008), y Magister en Estudios de Desarrollo, con énfasis en conflicto y construcción de paz del Instituto de Altos Estudios Internacionales y de Desarrollo de Suiza - IHEID (2015). Ha trabajado como profesional de proyectos de cooperación internacional para el desarrollo en zonas de conflicto en Colombia, y como asesora para el gobierno nacional en negociación multilateral en temas de desarrollo sostenible. Actualmente se desempeña como investigadora principal en el área de Política de Drogas, con especial énfasis en acceso a medicamentos controlados y cuidados paliativos, e implicaciones del proceso de paz en las políticas de drogas en Colombia.

Imágen Investigadora

Jorge Parra Norato 

Jorge Alberto Parra Norato is a lawyer with concentration in constitutional law from the National University of Colombia and a student of the master in political studies from the same institution. He currently works with the Colombia’s Ombudsman’s office and is a professor at the University of el Rosario. He was an assistant researcher in the drug policy área at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), and has written articles about the impact of drugs prohibition on human rights in Colombia and Latin America.

Imágen Investigadora

Luis Felipe Cruz 

Graduate lawyer and sociology student at the National University of Colombia. He has been associated to different investigation themes, like human rights, criminal procedure law and property access rights for afro Colombian and indigenous communities. His research interests include the history and evolution of the armed conflict and its relation to drug trafficking. Nowadays, he works at Dejusticia as reseacher assistant on drug policy issues.

Imágen Investigador

Kristel Mucino 
United States

Kristel Mucino is the communications coordinator for the TNI/WOLA Drug Law Reform Project. Previously, she served as a PR consultant for human rights organizations and advertising agencies. Ms. Mucino was a reporter for a national Hispanic TV network, V-Me, for which she covered the 2008 UN General Assembly and the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She has done freelancing for BBC-Mundo, and published opinion pieces in Mexican newspapers Reforma and El Universal. More recently, Ms. Mucino coordinated the press strategy around a forced disappearance case that reached the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The Court’s historic ruling was the first against the Mexican military for a human rights violation during that country’s Dirty War. She also contributed to a New York City Commission on Human Rights’ film project profiling civil rights movement leaders. In 2007, Ms. Mucino coordinated the first high-profile gala in Mexico City to raise awareness about human rights and raise funds for artist Peter Gabriel's NGO, WITNESS. Ms. Mucino graduated from Boston University College of Communications and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the Maria Moors Cabot scholarship.

Publications United States

Bolivian Drug Control Efforts: Genuine Progress, Dawting Challenges.
Development first: A More Humane and Promising Approach to Reducing Cultivation of Crops For Illicit Markets.
The Obama Administration’s drug control policy on auto-pilot.

Ariana Ángeles García 

Degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Master in International History at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE). He Has Been Involved in research related Single Command, public perception of violence and conflict resolution. She was a contributor to the Diploma in Police Command Given by the CIDE and Federal Police. Currently she is Coordinator Institutional and Collective research assistant Drug Studies and Law. Her main research topics are internal displacement by violence, drug trafficking, organized crime and social reintegration.







Imágen Investigadora

Araceli Galante 

Trabajadora Social y doctoranda en Ciencias Sociales por la UBA. Es docente en la materia Trabajo de Investigación/Sistematización Final de la Carrera de Trabajo Social de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la UBA. Es investigadora de la Asociación Civil Intercambios, desde 2006. Es autora de artículos y capítulos de libros en publicaciones nacionales e internacionales.

Imágen Investigadora

Diana Rossi 

Social Worker and Specialist in Youth´s Social Problems graduated in the University of Buenos Aires. She is researcher and professor of the Career of Social Work of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. She teaches courses for the undergraduate students on Epidemiology issues and Research Methodology. Specializing in the study of drug related problems, she directs research projects involving professionals from different disciplines of the social sciences. She has participated in and directed multiple investigations related to blood and sexual transmitted infections in people who use drugs in collaboration with Medicine and Biochemistry researchers.

She is a member of the Steering Group and coordinates the area of research of Intercambios Civil Association for the study and care of drug-related problems.

She was a member of the United Nations Reference Group on HIV and injecting drug use. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and books in national and international publications.

Imágen Investigadora

Luciana Peluzio Chernicharo 

Member of the research group ‘Drug Policy and Human Rights’ at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, National Law School. Researcher at the Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) in Human Rights’area. Has a Master Degree in ‘Human Rights, Society and Art’ by the National Law School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and graduated in Law from the same institution. Member of Collective Women in Prison. Conducts research in the area of Drug Policy, Criminology and Penitentiary System, focusing on the issue of Criminal Selectivity and Gender and Women arrested for Drug Trafficking.

Imágen Investigadora

Carolina Bernal

Carolina Bernal Uribe is a lawyer and holds a Specialization degree in Economics. Her professional experience is as researcher and public policy analyst on crime. For more than five years she worked as researcher in the areas of judicial system, drugs, and social, economic and cultural rights of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), where she authored or co-authored six books and several policy papers on the Colombian judicial system.

Carolina has also worked as consultant for national and international organizations such as the National Center for Historical Memory and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In addition, she has been a visiting researcher at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa (Canada). Currently, Carolina holds a position as Advisor on Public Policy in the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office, where she leads the design and implementation of a randomized controlled trial to improve the investigation of murders.  

She has a J. William Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy in the University of Chicago.

Imágen Investigadora

Diana Guzmán 

Diana Esther Guzmán Rodríguez is a lawyer, specialist in constitutional law, and magister in law for the Colombian National University. She currently works as a researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (DeJusticia), and is a professor at the Colombian National University.  Her areas of research include gender issues, judicial system and drug policies.

Imágen Investigadora

Karen Silva 

She received her Law Degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She currently works as the Institutional Development Coordinator of the Drug Policy Program at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), where she also works as a research assistant. Her research mainly focuses on the criminal justice system, prisions and drug policy.

Publications Mexico

(Des) proporcionalidad y delitos contra la salud en México.
The human cost of the drug policies in Mexico.
El Estado frente al consumo y los consumidores de drogas ilícitas en México.

Imágen Investigador

Jérôme Mangelinckx 

Jérôme Mangelinckx is the coordinator of the Area of Legal Policies and Citizen Security of the Research Centre on Drugs and Human Rights (CIDDH). He received a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Translation (Brussels), pursued post graduate studies in Philology (Prague), and is a specialist in intercultural communication. He has taught in several universities in Peru and has worked for several international agencies and NGOs focusing on drug policies, illicit drug trafficking, criminal law, empowerment of women and women's rights, among others.