Webinar: Visible.lgbt: Innovation on Documenting LGBTQ+ Rights Violations in Mexico

Science and Human Rights for Community Power Building

Thursday, December 8, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Zoom Webinar

The collection of data related to at-risk populations in Latin America remains a pending obligation for the region's national governments. With respect to LGBTQ+ people, international bodies have revealed that the existing data do not reflect the full dimensions of the violence and discrimination experienced by queer persons in the Americas. Visible is a non-governmental platform developed by a Mexican NGO, with the support of Georgetown University. It allows for the collection of violent and discriminatory incidents against LGBTQ+ people, and demonstrates how ICTs can counter societal misinformation and provide information to decision makers to create data-driven inclusive policies.

To date, Visible has collected over 1,600 reports across the country, becoming Mexico's largest repository of data on discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people in the country. Moreover, Visible is now a tool employed by civil society, elected officials, governments, media and international bodies for purposes such as advocacy, litigation, policy formulation and law initiatives. On November 16, 2022, Visible was declared a winner of the Innovation in Transparency Contest organized by the National Institute of Access to Information and Personal Data Protection.


Juan Pablo PhotoJuan Pablo Delgado, Amicus DH

Juan Pablo Delgado (he/him) is the Executive Director of Amicus, a civil society organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of the rights of LGBTI people in Mexico. He has a Law Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana León, a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University and is a candidate for a Master's Degree in Peace, Sustainability and Gender Studies from the United Nations University for Peace. He is the creator of the Visible platform, the first to allow the collection of incidents of violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people in Mexico, and a member of the Network of LGBT Litigants of the Americas. He has served as Manager of the Project for the Recognition of Gender Identity in the Americas in the Department for Effective Public Management of the Organization of American States, as Director of Social Development in the Municipal Government of León, and as a consultant for various organizations, such as the IACHR, OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF and the Williams Institute at UCLA. Recently, he participated as the first openly gay mayoral candidate for the Municipal Government of the City of León, Mexico.


Fanny Cata Gomez-Lugo PhotoFanny Cata Gómez-Lugo, Georgetown University Law Center

Fanny Cata Gomez-Lugo (she/her) is a Venezuelan lawyer, feminist, and queer woman who has been teaching at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) since 2012. She is the Director of Research & Advocacy Programs at Women’s Equality Center, where she focuses on reproductive rights. Prior to this, she was the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights, conducting advocacy on LGBTQ issues in Latin America and Africa. Before this, she worked as the human rights specialist coordinating the execution of the legal work, projects, and activities of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), between 2012 and 2016, although she worked for the IACHR since July 2007. She holds a JD from Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) and earned a LL.M. with a concentration in international law from McGill University, in Canada. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty, Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and sexual and reproductive rights. For 2016-2018, and was the Adjunct Professor for the Fact-Finding Practicum of the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown Law, which focused on the rights of LGBTQ people in El Salvador and Guyana.


Betilde Munoz PhotoBetilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Organization of American States

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian (she/her) is Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the same institution (2011-2014). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University in Miami. Her most recent publications include “Equity in Campaign Finance in Latin America and its Implications for Electoral Competitiveness: A Look at the Elections in Central America, 2010-2014” published by Colombia International (Vol. 85, pp. 53-80) and “The Responsibility to Observe: Rethinking OAS Electoral Observation” published by América Latina Hoy 2015 vol. 70, p. 5576. During the last fifteen years, Dr. Muñoz-Pogossian has participated in multiple political and electoral missions of the OAS.


Oliver Moles

Oliver Moles, Ph.D., is a social scientist and program evaluator.  He has worked for many years in the US Department of Education's research office on a range of national poverty and education programs and issues.   His specialties include disruptive school behavior and efforts to build home-school partnerships.  He leads the webinar development team which has organized science and human rights webinars within the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition for the last five years.

This webinar is part of the Science and Human Rights Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Movement Engaged Research Hub of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University.

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