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Mayra Alarcón Alba

A renowned specialist in human rights, children’s rights, and trafficking in persons (TIP), Mayra Alarcón Alba is the director of the regional PADF project aimed at preventing TIP among migrant populations in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Previously, she was the technical director of a PADF project that strengthened local capacity to prevent and protect against TIP in Guatemala.

Prior to joining PADF in 2018, she was a member of an international mission that verified the human rights status of migrants in Mesoamerica (2015-2017), member of the General Assembly of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica (2005-2015), Mexico and Central America consultant at Project Counseling Service (2013-2016), executive director of the Myrna Mack Foundation (2006-2011), and a representative for Save the Children in Guatemala (1995-2003), among other professional roles. 

She has a master’s degree in social psychology from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Guatemala and additional degrees in primary education from the Instituto Belén Guatemala and in business administration from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

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