Katya Salazar

Executive Director

Salazar is a Peruvian attorney, graduate of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, with a master's from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She was the Adjunct Coordinator of the Special Investigations Unit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, charged with investigating grave human rights abuses that occurred between 1980 and 2000 in the country. She previously worked in the human rights office of the Peruvian Omsbudsman Office and at the Institute for Legal Defense (Instituto de Defensa Legal), a Peruvian non-governmental organization. She also formed part of the legal team Coalition Against Impunity (Germany), which filed a criminal complaint against members of the Argentinian military for the disappearance of German citizens during the last Argentinian dictatorship. 


She has led DPLF since 2009. Under her leadership, DPLF created its human rights and natural resources program, addressing the role of international law in the defense of the land, territory and natural resources in the region. She also promoted a deeper involvement of DPLF in the regional discussion on the future of the Inter-American human rights system, where the organization is a key stakeholder.