Patricia Olamendi


Languages: English and Spanish.


She has a law degree from Universidad Nacional de México, a Masters’ Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana and a PhD in Law. She has worked in public service and civil society organizations, and in 2017 was granted with the National Jurisprudence Award by the Barra Mexicana de Abogados:

  • Foreign Affairs Office for Multi-Lateral Matters and Human Rights of the Government of Mexico, 2000-2005, worked in the preparation of the additional protocol against torture and in the Convention against forced disappearance of individuals, also in the Convention against corruption and in the Convention for the protection of the rights of Disabled individuals of the United Nations. She promoted the ratification of human rights treaties at the Senate of the Republic, including the Statutes of the International Criminal Law Court.
  • She acted as Legal Coordinator of the Citizens Commission against Discrimination, where she was in charge of the initiative for the Federal Law for the Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and its corresponding Constitutional reform.
  • Assistant Attorney and Managing Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Department of the Attorney General’s Office of the Federal District.
  • Coordinator of the program for equitable participation of women of the Government of the Federal District, where she created the Integral Support Centers for Women and the Assistant Units Against Violence, promoting legislative reforms that gave rise to these bodies.
  • She acted as a congresswoman in the LIV Federal Legislature, from 1988 to 1991.
  • She is a member of the Consulting Council of the Women’s Fund of the United Nations.

In 2010 she was appointed as legal expert by México in the Follow-Up Mechanism of the Inter-American Convention for the prevention, punishment and eradication of violence against women, of the American States Organization-OSA.