Board Members

Maryluz Barragán González

José Roberto Acosta

Iván Velásquez Goméz

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.

 

José Roberto Acosta

José Roberto Acosta

Economist from the Nueva Granada Military University, lawyer from the National University of Colombia, with a Masters and specialism in corporate finance from the College of Higher Administration Studies.

Mr. Acosta has taught as a university professor since 1993 and is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador, from where he has managed to establish himself as a prominent and vocal opinion leader, voicing important concerns around major corruption cases such as Odebrecht, Navelena, Medimas, Bonos Agua and the sale of Isagen, among others.

For over 25 years, Mr. Acosta has worked in the stock and financial sector for firms such as Serfinco, Corredores Asociados, Grupo Aval and Asesores en Valores S.A. He has also served as an attorney in matters related to economic, commercial and administrative law.

Iván Velásquez Goméz

Iván Velásquez Goméz

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.