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María Mercedes Gómez
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María Mercedes Gómez is a Colombian academic and human rights activist whose work has focused on exploring the challenges of understanding, preventing, and reducing violence based on sexual prejudices in the U.S. and Latin America. María holds a Ph.D. in political science, as well as an M.A. in gender studies and feminist theory from the New School for Social Research. She taught for many years at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as in universities in Canada. She is general coordinator for RED-ALAS, a group of law professors and lawyers that promotes curricula in gender and sexuality in Latin American law schools. María has also served on the legal team and the Board of Directors of Proyecto Colombia Diversa, an NGO dedicated to promoting human rights of LGBTI communities in Colombia.

Through her writings on violence based on prejudice and training workshops, María has promoted awareness of LGBTI violence among law professors, law enforcement agents, and representatives from the criminal justice system in Latin America.

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Chile Steps Forward on LGBTI Rights

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 4:21 PM

One year ago, I wrote about the Chilean Senate approval of a measure that supported the "Idea of a Life Partnership Agreement." That vote marked a major advance in a legislative process that I am now elated to say was approved on Wednesday by the Chilean Congress....

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Chile: Senate Approves Idea of Life Partnership Agreement

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:11 PM

In January the Upper House of the Chilean Congress, the Senate, approved the idea of legislating a bill, which would establish a Life Partnership Agreement. The vote on the idea of the draft bill, known as AVP for its initials in Spanish, was approved by a strong majority...

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