Gloria Porras is a lawyer and was a distinguished visitor of the Health and Human Rights Initiative.

Previously, Porras served as a judge of the Constitutional Court in Guatemala and later as the president of the Constitutional Court and of the Institute of Constitutional Justice. She was also a consultant for the Justice Reform Support Programme in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. Most recently, Porras was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and in Puerto Rico at the Narcotics Affairs Section Project.

Porras has received the Faces for Equality 2020 Award from the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala and the 2015 Global Jurist of the Year Award from the International Center for Human Rights of the University of Northwestern Chicago School of Law. The Network for Peace and Development of Guatemala has also recognized her as an exemplary official of the state of Guatemala in 2020.

Porras is a graduate in legal and social science and received a master’s degree in international law and a diploma in indigenous law from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala.

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