CEJIL’s staff is noteworthy for its diversity and professionalism. Staff members come from a variety of countries in the hemisphere, creating a multicultural environment that enriches the work process and has a favorable impact on the results obtained and the successes achieved. The professional staff is complemented and enriched by the valuable contributions made many volunteers through the Internship Program in the four CEJIL offices.


Viviana Krsticevic Viviana Krsticevic
Executive Director
Ms. Krsticevic received her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and an LLM from Harvard University. She has led numerous conferences and workshops in the Americas and Europe on the international protection of human rights. Ms. Krsticevic has also litigated cases before both the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is the author of numerous articles, which have been published in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Alejandro Bautista Alejandro Bautista 
Deputy Director
Mr. Bautista received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also took studies in sociology at the same institution. He received his Master in International Development and Poverty Reduction from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has over thirteen years of experience in issues related to institutional development for non-profit organizations. He has worked for the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), he has also been a consultant on similar topics in Argentina.


Marcia Aguiluz

Ana Marcia Aguiluz
Program Director for Central America and Mexico
Ms. Aguiluz received her law degree from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). She received a Masters in International Law and Conflict Resolution from the United Nations University of Peace in Costa Rica. She also has a degree in Public Administration from UCR. She was a legal consultant for the General Secretary of the Department of Social Sciences in Latin America (FLACSO). She started in CEJIL as a lawyer litigating cases of human rights violations in Honduras and Nicaragua.


Beatriz Affonso

Beatriz Affonso
Program Director for Brazil
Ms. Affonso received her Masters in political science from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She started her career working on the defense of human rights as an investigator del Núcleo de Estudios de la Violencia, and from 1996-2002 she was the Executive Secretary of the Teitonio Vilela Commission. From 2002-2004 she worked as Executive Secretary at the Municipal Human Rights Comission in Sao Paulo. Ms. Affonso was a key member in developing state and federal program on human rights in Brazil.

Francisco Quintana
Program Director for the Andean, North America and Caribbean Region
Mr. Quintana received his law degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City and his LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 2001 and 2003 Mr. Quintana served as the staff attorney at CEJIL’s office in Costa Rica, litigating cases related to Honduras and Panama and providing training to NGOs in the Central American region. Between 2004 and 2006, he also served as senior staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose.

Liliana Tojo

Liliana Tojo
Program Director for Bolivia and the Southern Cone
Ms. Tojo received her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires with a graduate specialization in gender studies. She was a consultant for UNICEF and UNIFEM. She is the author of several publications on gender and human rights. She has lectured and given presentations on international human rights law in various forums. She is a visiting lecturer in the Human Rights Master Program at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.


Senior Legal Staff

Alejandra Vicente


Juliana Bravo Valencia

Luis Carlos Buob

Paola Limón

Valentina Ballesta

Celina Giraudy

Alfredo Ortega

Lady Zuluaga

María Leoni

Gustavo Miranda

Elsa Meany

Ángela Méndez

Samantha Colli

Assistant Lawyers

William Vega

Marta González


Ilse Chango

Antonio Jaén

Alexandra McAnarney

Institutional Development

Susana García, Coordinator Institutional Development, Central America and Mexico

Clare Gibson, Institutional Development Officer

Luana Batista, Assistant for Institutional Development

Sandra Chaves

Randall Mussio


María Eugenia Molina

Clair Schaub