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Santiago de Chile, 17 January 2019

Two new members of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) recently began their first term (2019-2021). They are Jenny Murphy (United States) and Patricia Pérez (Chile). Both were elected during the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. 

This election is particularly significant in the context of JSCA’s Gender Equality Policy, the most important institutional change to occur over the past few years. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano stated: “We at JSCA believe that in order to fulfill our mission and goals in an effective, comprehensive and equitable fashion, , the gender perspective must be incorporated into the Center’s organizational culture and all of its institutional work. This includes our staffing, processes, activities and the development of our research, projects and training programs.”

 

Based on the new policy and the express request issued by the Board and JSCA’s Executive Director, the member states considered female candidates. The Board had been exclusively male for several periods until 2017, when Uruguay nominated Margarita de Hegedus, who was elected to serve from 2018 to 2020.

 

The body will thus consist of three women and four men in 2019.

 

It is important to note that in its early years, the Board had female members, two of whom served as its President: Soledad Alvear of Chile and Mónica Nagel of Costa Rica.

 

 

Sobre las nuevas consejeras

 

Patricia Pérez
Abogada de la Universidad de Valparaíso y una de las cinco mujeres que se ha desempeñado como Ministra de Justicia en Chile. Durante su período le correspondió impulsar la nueva ley de penas sustitutivas, diseñando un modelo de implementación progresiva del monitoreo telemático y buscando fortalecer las sanciones no privativas de libertad. Asimismo, implementó por primera vez en Chile una política penitenciaria con enfoque de género, trabajando en medidas especiales para las mujeres y la población LGTBI, entre otras iniciativas.

Anteriormente se desempeñó como Subsecretaria (Viceministra) de Justicia y durante una década, en la Defensoría Penal Pública como litigante y asesora. Es Doctorada Honoris Causa por la California Western School of Law y Magíster en Derecho Penal y Ciencias Penales por la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Actualmente, es Conservadora de Bienes Raíces y cursa un Doctorado en la Universidad de Valparaíso. Por su contribución al servicio público, fue distinguida por el diario El Mercurio como una de las Cien Mujeres Líderes de Chile en 2007 y 2013.

 

Jenny Willier Murphy
Experta en programación (diseño y gestión) de proyectos sobre Estado de Derecho, con más de 20 años de experiencia en el tema, incluyendo varios cargos en USAID, el Departamento de Estado, en el sector privado y como consultora privada. Desde enero de 2017, se unió a Creative Associates International como Asesora Senior, liderando las iniciativas de la organización en programación (diseño y gestión) de proyectos sobre Estado de Derecho.

 

En sus cargos gubernamentales, ha prestado asesoría a las embajadas de EE.UU. en muchas partes del mundo, y a las oficinas del Departamento de Estado / INL, sobre los programas del sistema de justicia, Estado de Derecho, seguridad ciudadanía y reforma al sector de la seguridad. Murphy ha trabajado en la sección política de la misión de EE.UU. ante la OEA, donde fue asignada a la cartera de seguridad hemisférica. Como Asesora de Estado de Derecho, asesoró las misiones de USAID en todo del mundo, en materias de reforma judicial y legal, particularmente la mejora de la administración judicial y el acceso a la justicia. También colaboró con la comunidad de donantes y las agencias del sector judicial del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, particularmente con la OEA, PNUD, Banco Mundial y el Comité Internacional de las Relaciones Judiciales del Poder Judicial de los EEUU, en varias iniciativas de reforma legal. Además, asesoró países latinoamericanos en asuntos de reforma judicial y legal, incluyendo la implementación de los nuevos códigos procesales penales y en temas de administración judicial.

 

Murphy obtuvo su Licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales y en lengua española de la Universidad de Virginia, y su Doctorado en Jurisprudencia por American University Washington College of Law. Es bilingüe, fluida en inglés y español.

About the New Board Members

Patricia Pérez

Pérez is an attorney who holds a degree from Universidad de Valparaíso and is one of the five women who have served as Minister of Justice of Chile. As minister, she was responsible for implementing the substitutive sentencing law, designing a progressive implementation model for electronic monitoring and strengthening non-custodial sentences. She also created Chile’s first prison policy with a gender focus, developing special measures for women and members of the LGBTQ community, among other initiatives. Pérez also has served as Vice Minister of Justice and was a litigator and advisor with the Public Defender’s Office for ten years. She holds an honorary doctorate from California Western School of Law and a master’s degree in Criminal Law and the Criminal Sciences from Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Pérez is currently a real estate conservator and is pursuing a doctorate at Universidad de Valparaíso. She was named one of the newspaper El Mercurio’s 100 Leading Women of Chile in 2007 and 2013 in recognition of her public service.

Jenny Willier Murphy

Murphy is an expert in the design and management of projects on the rule of law and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She has held various positions at USAID and the State Department, in the private sector and as a private consultant. She joined Creative Associates International in December 2017 as a Senior Advisor, leading project design and management on the rule of law.

In the public sector, she has worked as a consultant with the US embassies in many parts of the world and in State Department/INL offices on justice system programs, rule of law, citizen security and security sector reform. Murphy has worked in the political section of the US mission to the OAS, where she was assigned to the hemispheric security team. As a rule of law advisor, she advised USAID missions around the world on judicial and legal reform, specifically the improvement of judicial administration and access to justice. She also collaborated with the donor community and judicial sector agencies within the US government, specifically the OAS, UNDP, World Bank and the US Judicial Branch Judicial Relations International Committee on various legal reform initiatives. She has advised Latin American countries on judicial and legal reform matters, including the implementation of new criminal procedure codes and issues related to judicial administration.

Murphy earned her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from University of Virginia and her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She speaks fluent Spanish and English.

 

 

 

 

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