Michael W. Chamberlin is a non-resident senior fellow at The Center for International Policy. Mr. Chamberlin has been a human rights defender in Mexico for 30 years. He has specialized in documenting and analyzing grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity where state and non-state actors have had international responsibility. He has been a consultant on enforced disappearances and the victims' rights to truth, justice, and reparation. Chamberlin has submitted reports to the ICC on crimes against humanity committed in Mexico in the ongoing war against drugs and represents cases at the UN Human Rights Committee.
Previously, Mr. Chamberlin worked as a consultant on indigenous peoples' rights, especially in internal forced displacement and the armed conflict in Chiapas, where state and non-state actors committed attacks against the civil population.
From 2017 to 2020 he served as a member of the Directive Council of the Human Rights National Institution (Comisión Nacional de Los Derechos Humanos), and from 2012to 2016 as a member of the Advisory Council and Government Board of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.
Mr. Chamberlin has written several academic articles and has a weekly column in Spanish called "Poder y Derechos Humanos" (Power and Human Rights) in RompevientoTV
Michael Chamberlin is an anthropologist from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH). He has a Master's degree in Human Rights and Democracy from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico and Advanced Studies in Fundamental Rights from Unversidad Carlos III in Spain. He also has three diplomas in Human Rights International Law and Diplomacy from the International Service for Human Rights in Switzerland, Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists from Protection International in Belgium, and Strategic Political Communication from FLACSO in Mexico.
June 24, 2022
The Ninth Summit of the Americas and a Sustainable Future for the Region
By Michael W. Chamberlin
The Ninth Summit of Americas took place from June 6 to June 10, 2022. The United States must consider its role in fostering drug policies that fuel widespread corruption, violence, and absence of rule of law. These structural challenges are the root causes of democratic failures in Mexico and migration crises throughout the region.