Luis Vélez is a lawyer and professor at the Sergio Arboleda University School of Law in Bogotá D.C. He is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City; advanced studies in Social and Criminal Justice at Boston College. Luis Vélez has a master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminology from the Externado de Colombia University. He is Doctor Honoris Causa, Ibero-American Doctoral Cloister of Mexico. Former “faceless” judge and prosecutor in Colombia. He was Director of Investigations of the Office of the Attorney General in Bogotá D.C. and Cali. Additionally, he was Academic Director of the School of Judges in his country. He worked as a researcher at CICIG, at the UN, in Guatemala. He worked with the Secretary of Transparency of the Presidency of Colombia. He is a consultant in Mexico on the rights of victims and the fight against the crime of forced disappearance. He is the author of various publications. He worked with Citizenship Now in New York City and with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Boston.

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