PresidentAnthropologist with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, she is Consulting Associate Professor and director of the Political and Legal Anthropology Team at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is a professor and a member of the Academic Commission of the Human Rights Doctoral Program at the National University of Lanús (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.
Paula Abal Medina
Vice PresidentSociologist and Ph.D. is Social Science. Adjunct researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She specializes in the relation between capital and labor, in organizational models within the workers’ movements and young workers. She also studies the labor, territorial and union organization of the informal sector in Argentina. She teaches at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Higher Social Studies (IDAES -UNSAM) and in different courses organized by unions. She is author and compiler of books, author of chapters and magazine articles.
SecretaryAttorney with a Ph.D. in Information Science, he has taught information rights and freedom of expression since 1988 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Full professor at the UBA. 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 Audiovisual Media Services (UBA). He is vice president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and secretary of CELS’ board of directors since 2012.
TreasurerArchitect (UBA), he coordinates the Topography program of Memoria Abierta. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Línea Fundadora, and also, the Board of Directors of the Provincial Commission for Memory and of the Space Group, places and territorial brands of political violence and state repression of the Memory Nucleus of the Institute of Social Studies. He has dedicated himself to documentary investigation of the repression circuits and the buildings where there were clandestine detention centers. His brother, Augusto María, was kidnapped in 1976 and is still missing.
MemberSociologist, with vast experience in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of social policies. He was a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He was Coordinator of the Maternal Child and Nutrition Program-PROMIN of the National Ministry of Health (BIRF Loans No. 3643-AR and BIRF No. 4164-AR) and of the Youth Employment Promotion Project of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Security Social (BIRF Loan No. 8464-AR).He is currently an advisor to the National Secretary of Employment.
MemberSociologist and Ph. D in History. Referential figure of the feminist movement in Argentina. Since 1986, Barrancos has been a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) 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.
Gustavo F. Palmieri
MemberAttorney. In 2017, he was appointed by the National Congress as a member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Torture on behalf of social organizations. Director of the Institute of Justice and Human Rights at the National University of Lanús (UNLa) and a tenured professor at the same university. He was secretary of Coordination, Planning and Training and deputy secretary of Police Personnel Management and Wellbeing for the National Ministry of Security between 2011 and 2013. He was director of the Institutional Violence and Citizen Security Program at CELS from 1999 to 2009.
María José Guembe
MemberAttorney and Master in International Human Rights Law. She is currently a member of the professional staff of the ESMA Memory Site Museum. She represents CELS in the Board of Directors of Memoria Abierta. She was the director of the Protection of Rights and Legal Affairs Section of the Public Ombudsman’s Office for Audiovisual Media Services from 2013 to 2018. She was an adjunct professor of the Masters in Human Rights and Public Policy at the National University of Lanús (UNLa). She was director of CELS’ Memory, Truth and Justice Program.
MemberAs 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 husband perished. CELS has been working with
Memoria Activa since 1997, litigating the case before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights.