Lorena Mayén

Passionate about the defence and promotion of human rights, Lorena has worked for almost 16 years in many internationally renowned organizations in Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Her areas of expertise are: the prevention of urban violence, the protection of people in vulnerable situations (women, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, ethnic groups, children and adolescents), the fight against gender-based violence and the integration of a gender perspective in the development of the Honduran education system.

In the course of her career, she has been in charge of large-scale projects and has contributed to the implementation of both national programmes, such as the National AIDS Forum and Work Vision Honduras, and international programmes, particularly within United Nations agencies. Indeed, she was a consultant at the United Nations Development Programme for Women and project coordinator at the Observatory for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Lorena holds several degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), a Master’s degree in Local Development and Tourism from the Central American Technological University (UNITEC) and a PhD in Political Science from the International Atlantic University. She also has qualifications in planning (gender and public security) and urban violence, human rights and politics.

Lorena joined the team of the Tegucigalpa Office in Honduras in June 2019 as a social expert. She is working for the project to strengthen the capacity to combat human trafficking, especially women and girls.