Ximena Suárez-Enríquez is a Mexican lawyer specializing in the investigation and documentation of human rights violations.
As WOLA’s Assistant Director for Mexico, Ms. Suárez-Enríquez works closely with victims’ groups, advocates, and journalists in Mexico to document the negative impact of Mexico’s security policies on human rights; expose abuses that migrants in transit face in Mexico; and monitor U.S. security assistance to Mexico.
Her research at WOLA focuses on judicial reform and accountability for human rights violations in Mexico, particularly for disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, attacks against human rights defenders and journalists. By combining legal analysis and human rights documentation, Ms. Suárez-Enríquez identifies what needs to be done at the domestic level to hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable.
Before joining WOLA, Ms. Suárez-Enríquez worked at the Open Society Justice Initiative, where she was the lead researcher for the reports “Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State” and “Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico”, and advocated for the strengthening of investigations into human rights abuses committed by security forces and organized criminal groups.
Previously, Ms. Suárez-Enríquez was a Litigation Associate at the Mexican Law firm Hogan Lovells BSTL, where she specialized in private international law and arbitration. She litigated cases before local and federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Justice. In 2009 she worked as Advisor for the then–Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico, focusing on access to information and transparency issues.
Ms. Suárez-Enríquez holds a Law Degree from the Law School of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from L’institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), with a focus on human rights in Latin America.