Pro Bono Guide

The Pro Bono Guide is a directory of people and organizations (who agreed to register) offering free counseling services and/or legal assistance for representation before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Guide is organized by country and in the information is presented in alphabetical order.




Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC)
Asociation for Civil Rights


Felicitas Rossi
Alejandro Segarra
(5411) 5236-0555
(5411) 5236-0556
(5411) 5236-0557
Córdoba 795, 8vo piso, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (C1054AAG), Argentina

Area of Expertise
Right to freedom of expression, access of information, due process, asociation, from any discrimination; Economic, social and cultural rights, among othe


Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)


Liliana Tojo
(5411) 5031-2331
Av. Pueyrredón 510, 6to piso A, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (1032ABS), Argentina

Area of Expertise
Protection of human rights in the Inter-American System . While CEJIL is an organization that provides legal aid throughout the region, CEJIL 's office in Buenos Aires provides advice or legal representation regarding emblematic cases of human rights violations focused primarily in the Southern Cone. For other regions refer to CEJIL offices in Brazil, Costa Rica or the US.




Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (CEJIS)
Center for Legal Studies and Social Investigation


Leonardo Tamburini (Investigador)
Hernán Ávila Montaño (Director Ejecutivo)
(5913) 353-2714
(5913) 353-3809
Calle Alfredo Jordán Nº 79, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Area of Expertise
Defense of human rights, land, and territory; Defense of constitutional guarantees; Ownership, control and indigenous territorial governance; Legislation on natural resources and the rights of indigenous peoples.


Oficina Jurídica Para La Mujer (OJM)
Legal Office for Women


Julieta Montaño Salvatierra (Directora)

Esther Otero Alonso
(591) 4-422-8928
(59) 4-4251551
Calle Méjico 358, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Area of Expertise
Women's rights




Centro pela Justiça e o Direito Internacional


Beatriz Affonso
(55 21) 2533-1660
(55 21) 2517-3280
Av. Franklin Roosevelt 194, Sala 906, Centro, Río de Janeiro, RJ

Area of Expertise
Protection of human rights in the Inter-American System . While CEJIL is an organization that provides legal aid throughout the region, CEJIL 's office in Rio de Janeiro provides advice or legal representation regarding emblematic cases of human rights violations focused primarily in Brazil. For other regions refer to CEJIL offices in Argentina, Costa Rica or the US.


Conectas Human Rights


Juana Kwitel
(5511) 3884-7440
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 93- 5° andar- São Paulo/SP (CEP: 01042-908), Brasil

Area of Expertise
Conectas Human Rights presents cases before the Inter-American System, preferably when they are cases already worked by the organization at the national level


Conselho Indígena De Roraima CIR
Indigenous Council of Roraima


Joenia Batista de Carvalho (Advogada/Assessora Juridica)
Mario Nicácio (Coordenação Geral do CIR)
(5595) 2245761
(5595) 91681351
Av. Sebastião Diniz, Nº 2630 – São Vicente Boa Vista, Roraima, Brasil

Area of Expertise
Rights of Indigenous people


Gabinete de Assessoria Jurídica às Organizações Populares GAJOP
Legal Advisory Office for Popular Organizations



Rodrigo Deodato
Ana Célia Lima (Cordenação Executiva)
(81) 3092-5252
(81) 3223-0081
Rua do Sossego, 432, Boa Vista, Recife/PE (CEP. 50.050-080), Brasil

Area of Expertise
Human rights; right to security and justice; civil, political and social rights; UN and OAS systems.


Geledés - Instituto da Mulher Negra
Geledes-Institute for Black Women


Rodnei Jericó da Silva (Coordenador do SOS Racismo)
(5511) 3333-3444
(5511) 3331-1592
Rua Santa Isabel, 137 - 4º andar cj. 41/42 - V. Buarque São Paulo /SP, Brasil

Area of Expertise
Fights against racism and sexism


Global Justice


Sandra Carvalho
(55212) 544 -2320
Avenida Beira Mar, 406 / 1207, Rio de Janeiro/RJ (22021-900), Brasil

Area of Expertise
Global Justice is a non-governmental human rights organization that since 1999, works with the protection and promotion of human rights and the strengthening of civil society and democracy. In this sense, our actions aim to denounce human rights violations, the focus of policy-making processes based on fundamental rights, promote the strengthening of democratic institutions, and require the guarantee of rights for the excluded and victims of human rights violaçõesde. Global Justice develops work in the following areas: i) Human Rights Defenders; II) Institutional Violence and Public Security; III) Access to Justice; IV) Rights and Economic, Social Cultural (ESC). Field research is the backbone of our work and the basis for leveraging the documentation work, impact advocacy, international strategic litigation and communication. The close ties of working with grassroots groups across the country give JG ready access to primary sources of information as well as an informed and overview of the nature of human rights violations throughout the country.


Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos MNDH
National Movement for Human Rights



Gilson Cardoso
(55613) 273-7320
(55613) 3273-7170
(55613) 3272-7307
(55613) 8583-2673
(55613) 9687-4431
Sepn 506, Bl. C, Mezanino, Sl 14-A - CEP 70.740-503 - Brasília-DF

Area of Expertise
Human Rights


Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos
Social Network for Justice and Human Rights


Cláudia Ap. Felippe
(5511) 3271-1237
Rua Heitor Peixoto, 218, São Paulo/ SP (01543-000), Brasil

Area of Expertise
The social network works on economic, social , cultural, environmental , civil and political . Their main focus is on collective rights and includes the use of legal mechanisms of protection of human rights at national and international level; basic job training; research and production of educational materials, books and report; and the creation of social networks to protect human rights.


Sociedade Paraense de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos
Paraense Society for the Defense of Human Rights


Marco Apolo Santana Leão (Diretor Geral da SSDH)
55 91 3241-1849
91 8157-7069
Av. Gov. José Malcher 1381, Nazaré, Brasil

Area of Expertise
Human rights violations carried out by law enforcement officials; services to victims of violence and their family members.


Terra de Direitos


Darci Frigo ou Fernando Prioste
55 41 3232-4660
Rua José Loureiro, 15, conj. 72. Centro. Curitiba-PR-Brasil. CEP: 80.410-230

Area of Expertise
Social, economic, cultural rights; Environmental rights and the rights of human rights defenders.




Corporación Humanas-Chile


Carolina Carrera Ferrer
(56 2) 253 2140
(56 2) 253 2128
(56 2) 333 396
Av. Suecia 164-A, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

Area of Expertise
Women's rights


Observatorio Ciudadano


Jose Aylwin (Co-Director)
Nancy Yañez (Co-Directora)
(5645) 213963
Antonio Varas 428, Temuco, Chile

Area of Expertise
Protection of the rights of indigenous groups.



Rivadeneira, Colombara y Zegers Abogados


Ciro Colombara
(562) 913-8000
(562) 639-1030
Santa Lucía 330, 5to piso, Santiago, Chile

Area of Expertise
International Human Rights Law (freedom of expression; due process; discrimination; economic, social, and cultural rights; public interest)




Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo


Rafael Barios Mendivil
Jomar Ortegón
(571) 7421313
Calle 16 No. 6-66 Piso 25 Bogotá, Colombia

Area of Expertise
International human rights law; International humanitarian law, International; International criminal law

Grupo Interdisciplinario por los Derechos Humanos GIDH


María Victoria Fallon M. (Directora Carrera)
(574) 2602300
Calle 48 A No. 67-85, Medellín, Colombia

Area of Expertise
Advice and support to victims of human rights violations, to come to the competent authorities of the local and national levels, in order that the violations are investigated, to prosecute and punish those responsible and adequate reparations to the victims or their families. Accompanying witnessed human rights violations and seeking mechanisms and resources to achieve their appearance and protection. Processing of cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System, including representation to apply precautionary and provisional measures. Activating the mechanisms of constitutional protection as guardianship, the right to petition and group actions. Support and advice to victims of human rights violations to appear before the authorities responsible for providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable groups.



Costa Rica


Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)


Marcia Aguiluz
(506) 280-7473
(506) 280-7608
225 metros Sur y 75 metros Este del Centro Cultural Mexicano, Los Yoses, San José, Costa Ric

Area of Expertise
Protection of human rights in the Inter-American System . While CEJIL is an organization that provides legal aid throughout the region, CEJIL 's office in San Jose provides advice or legal representation regarding emblematic cases of human rights violations focused primarily in Mexico and Central America. For other regions refer to CEJIL offices in Argentina, Brazil, or the US.


Fundación para la defensa de los derechos humanos en Centroamérica (FUNDEHUCA)

Dr. Daniel Camacho Monge
(506) 25-11-61-12
Revista de Ciencias Sociales Universidad de Costa Rica San Pedro de Montes de Oca San José Costa Rica

Area of Expertise
Fundehuca works all human rights issues. The Commission has some experience in the difficult issue of collective and individual labor rights.




Clínicas Jurídicas de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito


Farith Simon
Daniela Salazar
(5932) 2971782
(5932) 2971792
USFQ, Diego de Robles e Interoceánica, Cumbaya, Quito, Ecuador

Area of Expertise
Human rights; Rights of children and teenagers; Environmental Rights.



Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos Humanos (INREDH)


David Cordero Heredia
Harold Andrés Burbano Villarreal
(5932) 2446970
Av. 10 de Agosto N° 34-80 y Rumipamba, piso 1, Quito, Ecuador

Area of Expertise
Litigation in the Inter-American System; protection of human rights defenders, leaders, and grassroots organizations; Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Evironmental defense; People deprived of liberty.



El Salvador


Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos


Ester Alvarenga
(503) 22351039
(503) 22351041
Colonia Buenos Aires 4, Avenida Santa Mónica, casa 10, San Salvador, El Salvador

Area of Expertise
Forced Disappearances


Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho (FESPAD)


Abraham Abrego
Saúl Baños
(503) 2236-1800 Ext: 1825
25 Calle Poniente No. 1332, Col. Layco, San Salvador, El Salvador

Area of Expertise
Economic, social and cultural rights


Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador


Vinicio Ernesto Sandoval
(503) 2260-2550
Colonia Decápolis, Pasaje San Carlos No.5. San Salvador, El Salvador.

Area of Expertise
International litigation of workers rights.


Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (IDHUCA)


José Benjamín Cuéllar Martínez
Pedro Antonio Martínez González
(503) 22106600 Ext: 411 y 412
(503) 2243-2184
Campus de la Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas”, Final Boulevard Los Próceres, San Salvador, El Salvador

Area of Expertise
Children and youth; workers rights; transitional justice and strategic litigation.



Oficina de Tutela Legal del Arzobispado de San Salvador


Lic. Ovidio Mauricio González

Av. Dr. Emilio Álvarez y Av. Dr. Max Bloch, Colonia Médica, San Salvador, El Salvador

Area of Expertise
Derechos Humanos.


Estados Unidos


Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern Law School


Sandra Babcock, Blumh Legal Clinic
(312) 503-0114
357 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Area of Expertise
Death penalty.


Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)


Viviana Krsticevic
(202) 319-3000
1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, D.C. 20009, USA

Area of Expertise
Protection of human rights in the Inter-American System.  Inasmuch as CEJIL is an organization that provides legal services on a regional level, the Washington office of CEJIL provides advice and representation with respect to emblematic cases of human rights abuse in the Andean region, the Caribbean, United States and Canada. With respect to other regions, wee the offices of CEJIL in Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica.


Disability Rights Law Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law

Prof. Robert D. Dinerstein
Jasmine Harris
Maribel Yamat
(202) 274-4141
(202) 274-4147
(202) 274-0659
American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA

Area of Expertise
Any case related to mental or physical disability.


Human Rights Consultant


Eric Tars (Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs)
(202) 638-2535
(202) 628-2737
1411 K St., N.W. suite 1400, Washington, D.C., USA

Area of Expertise
Racial discrimination, housing, education, juvenile justice and human rights mechanisms.


International Human Rights Clinic, George Washington Law School


Arturo Carrillo
George Washington University Law School 2000 G Street NW, Office 306, Washington, DC 20052, USA

Area of Expertise
International human rights litigation and advocacy in a range of fora including the Inter-American System; the United Nations; US Courts; and Latin American legal and political systems.


International Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School


Fernando Delgado (Clinical Instructor)
Deborah Popowski (Clinical Instructor)
(1617) 495-9362
(1617) 495-9393
6 Everett St., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Area of Expertise
Experience with range of rights violations and countries, with a focus on Brazil and the United States, fluency in Portuguese, Spanish and English, working knowledge of French.


International Human Rights Law Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law


Prof. Rick Wilson (Director)
(202) 274-4147
Washington College of Law American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20016, USA

Area of Expertise
Since 1990, student advocates at the Clinic have handled more than 30 cases at the Commission and Court on all aspects of its work: contentious and advisory cases as well as country situation and issues reports. We have frequently served as co-counsel with lawyers in the United States and the English-speaking Caribbean on petitions dealing with the death penalty, terrorism and other criminal justice issues.


International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law


Deena R. Hurwitz
(434) 924-4776
(434) 924-7315
580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

Area of Expertise
General international human rights.


National Immigration Law Center


Marielena Hincapie (Executive Director)
(213) 674-2812
(213) 639-3911
3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2850 Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA

Area of Expertise
Protecting the rights of low-income migrants in the United States, willing to co-counsel with or provide technical assistance to other organizations.


National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty


Eric Tars
(1202) 638-2535
1411 K St, NW, Ste. 1400, Washington, DC 20005, USA

Area of Expertise
Housing, poverty, racial discrimination.


Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic


Prof. Penny Venetis Rutgers Law School
(973) 353-5687
(973) 353-1249
123 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Area of Expertise
Civil rights law and international human rights law.


SUNY Buffalo Law School, Human Rights Center. The State University of New York

Tara Melish (Associate Professor, Director, Buffalo Human Rights Center)
525 John Lord O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1100, USA

Area of Expertise
Human Rights


The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice


Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste
(212) 382 6680
(212) 221 768 8630
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, USA

Area of Expertise
Offers pro bono legal services to unrepresented petitioners before the IACHR and the IACrtHR and pro bono legal research and analysis for NGOs.


Transnational Legal Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School


Sarah Paoletti
(215) 898-8427
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Area of Expertise
Migration; labor; economic, social and cultural rights.




Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo


Mario Polanco (Director)
(502) 2251-9037
8a calle 3-11 zona 1, ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Expertise area

Familiares de víctimas de la desaparición forzada.


Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales


Mario Avalos (Director)
(502) 24632323
13 Calle 2-14 zona 1, ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Expertise area

Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales




Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH)


Lic. Bertha Oliva
(504) 2220-5280
Barrio La Plazuela Av. Cervantes casa 1301, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Expertise area

Derechos Humanos.


Equipo de Reflexión Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC)


Joaquín A. Mejía R. 
Ismael Moreno
(504) 2648-1413
(504) 2647-0907
Casa San Ignacio Antigua Zona de la Compañía contiguo al Instituto Técnico Loyola Blv. Cannan, El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras C.A.

Expertise area

Investigación académica y defensoría de Derechos Humanos.


Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)

Lic. Miriam Miranda
Lateral al Puesto de Salud, Sambo Creek, Atlántida, Honduras

Expertise area

Defensa de los derechos humanos, territoriales y culturales del pueblo garifuna de Honduras.






José Luis Gutiérrez
01 152 (55) 56878759
Palenque 269, Colonia Narvarte, Delegación Benito Juárez, C.P. 03020, México D. F.

Expertise area

Defensa y promoción de los derechos humanos. Litigio estratégico, específicamente de personas en situación de vulnerabilidad


Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña "Tlachinollan"

(757) 4761220
(757) 4761200
Mina no. 77 Col. Centro C.P. 41304 Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, México.

Expertise area

tortura, desapariciones forzadas, ejecuciones extrajudiciales, derechos económicos y sociales, derechos de los pueblos indígenas, violaciones cometidas por el ejército.


Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, A.C.

Luz Estela Castro
(5261) 44154152
Av. Juárez No. 4107, Col. Centro, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México

Expertise area

Defensa de los derechos humanos de las mujeres, particularmente el derecho a vivir sin violencia, capacitación a servidores públicos, cabildeo legislativo para incorporar la perspectiva de género y los estándares internacionales. Defensa a defensores de Derechos Humanos y personas con familiares víctimas de desaparición forzada.


Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas


Víctor Hugo López (Director)
(52967) 6787395
Calle Brasil Nº14, Barrio de mexicanos, C.P. 29240, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México

Expertise area

Promoción y defensa de derechos humanos.


Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Francisco de Vittoria


Clara G. Meyra Segura
(5255) 556596797
Odontología #35 col. Copilco Universidad, delegación Coyoacán 04360, México DF, México

Expertise area

Promoción y defensa de derechos humanos, derechos económicos, sociales y culturales, y derechos humanos de las juventudes, Sistema Interamericano.


Comisión de Solidaridad y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos A.C. (COSYDDHAC)


Javier Ávila Aguirre (Presidente)
Felipe de Jesús Ruiz Becerra
Guadalupe Montoya Mercado
(52614) 410-0346
(614) 410-7755
Calle 24 Nº3007, Col Pacifico. C.P. 31030, Chihuahua, México

Expertise area

Defensa de derechos humanos, capacitación y apoyo para casos de litigio internacional. Privilegiando el servicio a los indígenas en la Sierra Tarahumara.


Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CMDPDH)


Juan Carlos Gutiérrez
Octavio Amezcua
(5255) 55642582 y 92
(5255) 55842731
Tehuantepec 142, Colonia Roma Sur, C.P. 06760, México DF., México

Expertise area

Litigio estratégico ante el Sistema Interamericano de Protección y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos; en particular temas sobre el debido proceso legal; DESC; tortura, desapariciones forzadas, ejecuciones extrajudiciales, acceso a la justicia para mujeres víctimas de violencia en razón del género.




Centro Nicaraguense de Derechos Humanos (CENIDH)


Vilma Núñez de Escorcia
Mauro Ampié Vilchez
Marlin Sierra Palma
(505) 266-62-62
Texaco de Montoya 1 1/2C al Sur, Managua, Nicaragua

Expertise area

Promoción y protección de los derechos humanos.




Centro de Iniciativas Democráticas (CIDEM)

Licenciado Salvador Sánchez González
(507) 213-1310
(507) 66164160
Provincia de Panamá, Edificio Torre de las Américas, Torre B, piso 3, oficina 301, Ciudad de Panamá

Área de especialización




Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia

Heve Otero
(021) 227 061
(021) 232 021
Brasil 455 entre 25 de Mayo y Cerro Cora, Asunción, Paraguay

Expertise area

Defensa y vigilancia de DDHH, promoción y participación de niños, niñas y adolescentes, comunicación y fortalecimiento institucional.




Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH)


Rocío Silva Santisteban
(511) 4191111
(511) 4191112
Calle Pezet y Monel 2467 Lince Lima 14, Perú

Expertise area

Derechos Civiles y Políticos, Derechos Económicos Sociales Culturales, Medio Ambiente, Pueblos indígenas.




Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (IELSUR)


Dr. Jorge Pan
(5982) 9087803
(5982) 9085873
(5982) 9021692
Plaza Independencia 1376 piso 8 CP:11000, Montevideo, Uruguay

Expertise area

Derechos Humanos.


Servicio Paz y Justicia - SERPAJ Uruguay


Dr. Guillermo Payssé 
Prof. Fernando Willat
Dra Graciela Romero
(5982) 408 5301
(5982) 408 5701
Joaquín Requena 1642, 11200, Montevideo, Uruguay

Expertise area 

Derechos Humanos.




Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Justicia y Paz del Estado Aragua

Luis Manuel Aguilera
(580243) 2336363
(580243) 2457336
Calle Negro Primero Nº. 98 frente al Liceo, Valentín Espinal, Maracay, estado Aragua, Venezuela

Expertise area

Atención de casos de violación a los derechos civiles.