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LGBTQ+ Human Rights in the U.S. and Internationally: A Talk with Victor Madrigal-Borloz

This resource guide was developed for USD Law's Perspectives on Justice, Equity, and the Law speaker series highlighting Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

LGBTQ+ Human Rights in the U.S. and Internationally: A Talk with Victor Madrigal-Borloz

WATCH: Video recording of Victor Madrigal-Borloz: LGBTQ+ Human Rights in the U.S. and Internationally 

DETAILS: Organized with Pride Law, the International Law Society, the Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic and the Health Law Society. 

Lunch hour talk over zoom; 30 minute talk followed by Q&A with students. 

Victor Madrigal-Borloz is the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Senior Visiting Researcher at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. As the UN Independent Expert, he assesses the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, and provides advisory services, technical assistance, capacity-building to help address violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity.

Previously, Mr. Madrigal-Borloz served as the Secretary-General of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, as a member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture, and was the Head of Litigation and Head of the Registry at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and was the Director of the Legal Department at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Mr Madrigal-Borloz is a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI), a founding Board member of the International Justice Resource Centre (IJRC), and a founding Board member of Synergia-IDH.

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Mandate of the Independent Expert

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, without distinction of any kind. Yet in all regions of the world, there are acts of violence and discrimination committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

To address this concern, the UN Human Rights Council created the mandate of Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Human Rights Council resolution 32/2, renewed by Human Rights Council resolution 41/18.