Victor Madrigal-Borloz

Photo Victor Madrigal Borloz PortraitVictor Madrigal-Borloz has been associated with the IRCT since he was invited to chair the 2001 Council Meeting as an independent counsel. He continued to volunteer his services in this role for over a decade until his appointment as Secretary-General in 2013. Since then he has led the Secretariat in facilitating the development of a new strategy by the membership, supervised its implementation and ensured its continuous review.

Throughout this period, the IRCT affirmed its vision of full enjoyment of the right to rehabilitation for all victims of torture and ill treatment. A member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture from 2013 to 2016, Mr Madrigal-Borloz was Rapporteur on Reprisals and oversaw a draft policy on the torture and ill-treatment of LGBTI persons. Prior to this he led technical work on numerous cases, reports and testimonies as Head of Litigation and Head of the Registry at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and has also worked at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Copenhagen, Denmark) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica).

In late 2017 the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Mr Madrigal-Borloz the Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. In this capacity he assesses the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, and provides advisory services to help address violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons.