Leonor Arteaga

Program Director

Leonor Arteaga Rubio, a Salvadoran attorney, joined the DPLF team in January 2012, and heads the program on Impunity and Grave Human Rights Violations. As a Senior Program Officer, Leonor leads investigations, advocacy, and monitoring and analysis on issues relating to memory, truth, justice, and guarantees for non-recurrence of past armed conflicts and current situations of state violence in Latin America. Leonor holds a law degree from the Universidad Salvadoreña “Alberto Masferrer” (USAM). 

Before joining DPLF, Arteaga was Deputy Ombudsman for Children and Youth at the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defense of Human Rights. Prior to working at the Ombudsman Office, Leonor extended legal support to victims and their relatives as well as litigated cases on forced disappearances at the national and international level. She has published articles and opinion pieces on the internal armed conflict legacy in El Salvador.

In February 2018, Leonor was appointed by the El Salvador government as a Commissioner for the National Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons (CONABÚSQUEDA) in the context of El Salvador’s armed conflict, an ad-honorem position.