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The Latin America and the Caribbean region has a diverse and active membership and has been important to IAWJ’s work since the organization’s inception more than twenty years ago. Founding IAWJ member Carmen Argibay, currently a Justice on the Supreme Court of Argentina, is among the pioneering women on the bench in Latin America securing human rights and gender equality. In 2008, the IAWJ held its 9th Biennial Conference in Panama City, Panama, hosted by the Panamanian chapter (AMAJUP) on Equal Justice for All: Access, Discrimination, Violence, Corruption.
The Women Judges Association of Argentina (AMJA), one of the IAWJ’s largest chapters, is partnering with the IAWJ in a nationwide program to fight human trafficking. The capstone event, to take place in mid-2012, will focus on the Tri-Border region of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
And in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, IAWJ’s local chapter, CHAIFEJ, remains highly engaged with more than 40 active members. IAWJ has a new initiative in Haiti to strengthen the judiciary’s capacity to address gender-based violence and human trafficking.
Members in Latin American and the Caribbean
Trinidad & Tobago
Hon. Graciela Medina, Argentina
Justice, National Civil Chamber
Hon. Margarita Beatriz Luna Ramos, Mexico
Supreme Court of Mexico
•Associations and chapters formed under the aegis of the IAWJ
Latin America and the Caribbean