Board of directors

Horacio Verbitsky

President
With a long career as a writer and journalist, he is the author of 21 books on political, military, economic, ecclesiastic and human rights issues. Noteworthy among them are Robo para la coronaHacer la CorteEl vuelo and Historia política de la Iglesia católica. President of CELS since 2000, he is also a member of the board of directors at Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division and of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Laura Jordán de Conte

Vice President
A member of the organization since its beginning, she and her husband Augusto Conte, one of CELS’ founders, began a long life of human rights activism after the disappearance of their son, Augusto María. She organized and was coordinator of the CELS Mental Health Team and, following the death of Emilio Mignone in 1998, was president until 2000. She is a member of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo – Línea Fundadora and vice president of Memoria Abierta.

Damián Loreti

Secretary
Attorney with a Ph.D in Information Science, he has taught information rights and freedom of expression since 1998 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was director of Communication Sciences at the UBA School of Social Sciences from 2002-2006 and vice dean from 2006-2010. He directs the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies on Audivisual Media Services (UBA). He is vice president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and secretary of CELS since 2012.

Luis Fara

Treasurer
A sociologist with vast experience in the formulation, implementation and assessment of social policy, he has been a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is currently coordinator for the Youth Employment Program implemented by the Labor Secretary for the Ministry of Work, Employment and Social Security.

Paula Abal Medina

Member
Sociologist and Ph.D. is Social Science. Adjunct researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), María Paula Abal Medina specializes in the relation between capital and labor, in organizational models within the workers’ movements and young workers. She participates in political and unionist training experiences in FOETRA, Sindicato de Trabajadores del Subte, CONADU and SEC (Rosario). She is the author of Ser sólo un número más. Trabajadores jóvenes, grandes empresas, activismos sindicales en la Argentina actual and co-author of many more works. She is editor of the portal La Nación Trabajadora and teaches at Institute of Higher Social Studies (IDAES, Universidad San Martin). She joined the board of directors in 2019.

Dora Barrancos

Member
Sociologist and Ph. D in History. Referential figure of the feminist movement in Argentina. Since 1986, Barrancos has been a researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) and one of its board members from 2010 to 2019. She directed the Interdisciplinary Institute of Gender Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) as well as the MA and Ph. D in Social and Human Sciences of the National University of Quilmes (UNQ). She is the author of numerous books and academic productions, among which Cultura, educación y trabajadores (1890-1930), Inclusión/exclusión. Historia con mujeres, Mujeres en la sociedad argentina. Una historia de cinco siglos, Mujeres, entre la casa y la plaza. She joined CELS’ board of directors in 2019.

Eduardo Basualdo

Member
Economist, Ph.D. in History, researcher at CONICET and coordinator for the Economics and Technology Program at FLACSO, he is the author of numerous books on Argentine economy and history, including El Banco de la Nación Argentina y la dictadura (in co-authorship), Deuda externa y poder económico en la ArgentinaSistema político y modelo de acumulación en la Argentina and Estudios de historia económica Argentina: desde mediados del siglo XX a la actualidad. He is an external consultant for the ILO and ECLAC.

David Blaustein

Member
Director, producer and screenwriter, he forged a path in the film industry for testimonies from activists from the 1970s with his film Cazadores de utopías (1995). He also directed the documentaries Botín de guerra, Hacer patria, Fragmentos rebelados and Porotos de soja. He was director of the Pablo Ducrós Hicken Museum of Cinema and a member of the Argentine Film Academy’s board of directors; he is currently a member of the Fundación Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. He has been a member of CELS’ board of directors since 2001.

Marcelo Ciaramella

Member
A Catholic priest in the Quilmes diocese, Buenos Aires province, he has been an educator in different settings. He has done pastoral work in the working-class neighborhood of Florencio Varela and currently in Quilmes West, where he provides support for neighborhood initiatives, soup kitchens, nurseries, settlements, free distribution of food and medicine. He is a member of the Community Social Council of Arturo Jauretche National University and of the national secretariat of the Grupo de Curas en la Opción por los Pobres. 

Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta

Member
Lawyer specialized in Criminal Law (UBA), professor at UBA and at FLACSO-Argentina of Political Science and Sociology. She has worked in the national judicial branch and the Public Prosecutor’s Office and has been judicial advisor to many public institutions. She acted as subcoordinator of the Truth and Justice Program of the National Justice and Human Rights Department. She presides the Movement of Professionals for the Peoples and is a founding member of the Argentinean Association of Lawyers of Indigenous Law (AADI). She joined the board of directors in 2019.

María José Guembe

Member
Attorney and LL.M., she is currently director of the Protection of Rights and Legal Affairs section of the Public Ombudsman’s Office for Audiovisual Media Services. She is an adjunct professor of the Masters in Human Rights and Public Policy at the UNLa and researcher at the Center for Human Rights at that university. She was director of CELS’ Memory y Lucha contra la Impunidad program and has been a CELS board member since 2013.

Gustavo F. Palmieri

Member
An attorney, he is director of the “Eduardo Luis Duhalde” Center for Justice and Human Rights at the National University of Lanús. He was director of the Institutional Violence and Citizen Security Program at CELS. In 2011, he became deputy secretary of Police Personnel Management and Wellbeing for the National Ministry of Security, and in 2012 was designated secretary of Coordination, Planning and Training for that ministry. He has been a member of CELS’ board of directors since 2014.

Victorio Paulón

Member
Union leader and secretary of human rights at the CTA workers’ confederation, his activism was focused on Villa Constitución as a member of the committee that led the UOM (metalworkers union) strike in 1975. He was arrested that year and spent over seven years in prison. He narrated his union experience in the book Una Larga Huelga. Historias de metalúrgicos. From 1984-2008 he led the Villa Constitución section of the UOM and was secretary-general of the metalworkers union from 2000-2008.

Sofía Tiscornia

Member
Anthropologist with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, she is a tenured professor and director of the Political and Legal Anthropology Team at UBA. She is professor in the doctoral program in Human Rights at UNLa. She also directs research programs on justice, police violence and human rights. She has served as an expert witness in anthropology before the IHR Court. She has published books and numerous scientific articles on institutional violence and human rights, both in Argentina and abroad. She directed CELS’ Research department.

Diana Wassner

Member
As member of Asociación Civil Memoria Activa (Active Memory Civil Association), Diana Wassner fights tirelessly for the clarification of the 1994 terrorist attack against the Jewish community center AMIA in which her partner perished. She joined the board of directors on October 3, 2019.