Francisco Rivera, JD, LLM, Puerto Rico/USA

Steering Committee Member

Francisco Rivera, JD, LLM, Puerto Rico/USA, is a human rights attorney, law professor, and founding director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University in California. He specializes in the Inter-American Human Rights System and was a senior staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States, seated in Costa Rica. He has been a consultant for a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). In the late 1990s, he served as executive director of the Amnesty International Section in Puerto Rico. Francisco joined the Every Woman Treaty Working Group in 2015 and chaired the Expert Special Committee on Governing Bodies.

“Yo firmé porque un nuevo tratado generará el momentum necesario para obtener nuevos recursos, ideas, energías, y voluntad política para combatir la violencia contra la mujer.”

“I signed because a new treaty will generate the momentum necessary to obtain new and additional resources, ideas, energy, and political will to eradicate violence against women.”

- Francisco Rivera