Board Members

Maryluz Barragán González

Iván Velásquez Goméz

Michel Levien González

Maryluz Barragán González

A lawyer, who graduated from the University of Cartagena, and who is a specialist in Administrative Law with a Masters in Law from the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). Since 2016, she has worked with the Dejusticia organization, coordinating the strategic litigation area with an emphasis on human rights.

Maryluz Barragán is an expert in constitutional and administrative matters. She has worked for the Third Section of the Council of State on matters of extra-contractual liability, as well as in the Legal Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on matters of fiscal responsibility. She has advised the State’s Legal Defense Agency in litigation for the transportation, infrastructure and planning sectors.

 

Iván Velásquez Gómez

Colombian lawyer from the University of Antioquia, former Director of the Antioqueño Bar Association “Colegas”, where he was involved in campaigns such as their challenge to the proposed “Statute for the Defense of Justice”, which sought to establish faceless judges and secret witnesses.

Between 1991 and 1994, he was the Departmental Prosecutor in Antioquia, where he initiated investigations into torture, extrajudicial executions and wider abuse against the civilian population. In this role, he managed to consolidate the Permanent Human Rights Office of the Departmental Attorney’s Office and promoted the Inter-Institutional Committee on Human Rights.

In 1996, he served as an auxiliary magistrate for Colombia’s State Council, and a year later he was elected Regional Director of Prosecutors in Medellín. In 2000, he was elected auxiliary magistrate at the Supreme Court of Justice, and between 2006 and 2012, he coordinated the Investigative Support Commission of the Criminal Chamber. There, he was in charge of investigating relations between members of the Congress of the Republic and paramilitarism, which resulted in over 50 Members of Congress being charged.

In 2011, the International Bar Association (IBA) presented him with the World Prize for Human Rights, and in 2012, the Association of German Judges recognized his commitment to the fight against impunity and respect for fundamental rights with another award.

Between 2013 and 2019, he was appointed Commissioner on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) with the equivalent rank of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Organization.

Michel Levien González

Lawyer, graduate of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, who also holds a Master’s in Law from Duke University (North Carolina, USA) and is currently a studying for a Master’s degree in Anti-Corruption Studies at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Michel has worked in the field of Anti-Corruption Law since 2012. He participates in the anti-corruption committees of the International Bar Association (IBA), the National Association of Business Lawyers (ANADE) and the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX) in Puebla, as well as in the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Initiative from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

From 2009 to 2018 he worked at DeForest Abogados focusing on business, regulatory compliance and other areas of anti-corruption. He has been a Director at Streiner’s Anti-Corruption Bureau since 2018 and also works as a Professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he teaches on “Anti-Corruption in Companies, Society and Government”. From 2020, he has been a member of the Statute Drafting Committee at the International Anti-Corruption Court.