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Sexual Minorities and Development in Latin America: the Links Between Sexual Identity, Exclusion and Development

January 28, 2014

World Bank - 1850 I Street, N.W, Floor 7-216

The event addressed the links between sexual identity, exclusion and development. A panel of speakers discussed sexual minorities in Latin America, including barriers to inclusion and the impact on development, data limitations and violence committed against these populations. 

  • Louise Cord

    Louise J. Cord is Sector Manager of the Poverty Reduction, Gender and Equity Group in the Latin America and Caribbean Region at the World Bank since September 2009. She previously was sector manager of the Poverty Reduction Group in the PREM Network. Before coming to PREM, she worked for 7 years in the Bank's rural development group of Latin American and the Caribbean region on rural poverty, agricultural trade and price policy, and rural finance. She has published several articles and reports on poverty and agricultural policy in Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and more recently on pro-poor growth and political economy. Her areas of interest include gender equality and social inclusion in Latin America. She holds a PhD in Development and Economic Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University.

  • Maria Beatriz Orlando

    Maria Beatriz Orlando currently works as a Senior Social Development Specialist in SDV. Previously, she worked as a Senior Economist and Gender Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as Research Associate at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC with the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality. Maria Beatriz has a Ph.D. in Economics from Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana).

  • Carlos Quesada

    Carlos Quesada is Director of Race and Ethnicity/Advisor on the Rights of LGBT people at Global Rights where he works since 2004 focusing on combating racial discrimination against Latinos of African Descent in Latin America. Trained as a Journalist and a Lawyer at the University of Costa Rica and at the United Nations University for Peace, Mr. Quesada served also in the Communications Department and as the Advocacy Director for the Commission for the Defense of the Human Rights in Central America and in the Penal Reform International as a Latin America Project Officer.

  • Rosa Celorio

    Rosa Celorio currently works as an Attorney and Specialist for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she coordinates the execution of the legal work, projects, and the activities of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women, and supports the work of the Subregional Section which handles matters related to the United States, Canada, Brazil, the English-Speaking Caribbean, and Haiti. Previously, she worked in the field on human rights, discrimination, and gender issues for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in New York and Ecuador; as a lawyer in the law firms of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane in Boston and O’Neill & Borges in Puerto Rico; as well as in Greater Boston Legal Services and Centro Presente in Boston. She has offered presentations on different human rights issues in the realms of discrimination and gender in more than 15 countries, and has published several articles pertaining to these matters. She studied International Politics and Law at Georgetown University, in Boston College, and in the Political Science Institute of the University of Strasbourg, in France. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts.

  • Fabrice Houdart

    Fabrice Houdart is senior country officer for Middle East and North Africa. He is currently managing a Nordic Trust Fund grant, "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Development" that examines sexual minorities in development. He also is president of World Bank GLOBE, the Bank’s LGBT employee resource group. During his career at the Bank, he has worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, first as a human development consultant and later in country management units. He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Dauphine University and an MBA from American University. His efforts to promote diversity in the Bank were recognized by an ECA VPU Award and a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award in 2012.

  • Gloria Careaga

    Gloria Careaga is a social psychologist in the Faculty of Psychology in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a cofounder of the University Program of Gender Studies, in which she was the Academic Secretary for more than ten years. There she founded an area for sexual diversity studies and prompted new perspectives for the analysis of masculinity. She has coordinated six anthologies and published multiples articles and chapters in different books. She has been an adviser to national and international agencies. Gloria is a cofounder of El Closet de Sor Juana, a lesbian group, and of Fundacion Arcoiris, a group dedicated to the study and research on sexualities. She is an Executive Board member for Latin America and the Caribbean of ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association. She sits on the Steering Committee of Sexuality Policy Watch.

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  • World Bank - Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Nordic Trust Fund

  • SOGI - Sexual Minorities and Development