New members strengthen diversity of APT Board

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The APT is delighted to welcome four new members to the APT Board, who bring a diverse range of insights and professional expertise from different global regions to inform our work on torture prevention.

Caio Cesar Klein (Brazil) is Executive Director of SOMOS, a NGO focused on affirming the sexual and reproductive rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and LGBTI+ people. Caio led the project Passagens, through which thirteen institutions of deprivation of liberty in Brazil were visited and resulted in one of the first mappings of LGBT+ incarceration in the country. He is also one of the editors and organisers of the book “Sexuality and Gender in Prison, LGBTI+ and their passages through criminal justice”. Since 2019, Caio is a member of the National Committee to Prevent Torture.

Olga Espinoza (Peru) is an attorney-at-law and currently a candidate for a PhD. She is also coordinator of the Master in Criminology and Management of Citizen Security of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile (INAP). She has previously worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation and for the Inter-American Development Bank on human rights issues and public policies in the criminal justice and penitentiary fields in Latin America.

Florence Simbiri-Jaoko (Kenya) is a lawyer by profession and  currently Lecturer at the University of Nairobi. She is the former Chairperson of the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission and was Special Envoy for the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). She has worked as a judicial officer in Kenya for over 15 years and served on various government task forces in Kenya on legal, judicial and security sector reforms. 

Anh Thu Duong (Switzerland) is the Co-Director, Policy and Partnerships of Geneva City Hub. She has extensive diplomatic expertise and robust negotiation skills in human rights and humanitarian affairs, including with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

“Each of our new Board members brings long-standing experience, passion and a commitment to torture prevention, as well as a deep sense of humanity” said APT Secretary General Barbara Bernath. “They bring a rich and complementary expertise to our Board and we look forward to the contribution they will make to APT’s strategies for today and into the future.” 

We also express our deep gratitude to the two members who are leaving the Board. Jacques Lederrey (Switzerland) has served as APT Board and Bureau member for many years,; and Suzanne Soukoudé Fiawonou (Togo) who has joined the Board in 2011 and has been elected to APT’s Advisory Council.