International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Gimena Sánchez


Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America


She is the Director for the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America and professor of human rights at George Mason University. For 20 years, Ms. Sanchez has advocated for peace and human rights (migration, displacement, labor and ethnic minorities) issues. At WOLA, her work has included promoting peace, human rights, Afro-Colombian and indigenous issues and the dismantlement of illegal armed groups in Colombia. Prior to this, she served the UN Representative on IDPs at the Brookings Institution, UMCOR, US Committee for Refugees and NYC’s immigrant affairs office. She is widely published and has received numerous awards for her work.