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Maricarmen Plata

Secretary for Access to Rights & Equity, U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States

Maricarmen Plata received her undergraduate degree in law and political science at the Universidad Santa María La Antigua (Panama) and an LLM at the University of Cambridge. While focusing on her private legal practice, Maricarmen actively participated in civil society engagement on public policies with a focus on gender equity, women’s leadership and representation in government and private sector boards. Among others, she represented the private sector in the governance working group of the Panamanian Gender Parity Initiative from 2019 to 2021. Maricarmen has also been involved in academic projects for the study and promotion of human rights and was recognized by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion as Highly Commended attorney for Central America. She is presently the Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity at the OAS, overseeing the areas that work with OAS Member States on initiatives pertaining to inclusion and access to rights of vulnerable populations, the promotion of equity, and civil society engagement.