Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and a Master’s in Peace Studies from Bradford University, United Kingdom. She began her professional career as a human rights defender in the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, where she was Director from 2000 to 2004.
Over the last 14 years, Sylvia’s work has focussed on public conflicts in Mexico, including the management of lands and natural resources, as well as issues related to advancing human rights, the justice system, victims’ rights and the rights of women. She was Director of the Center for Civic Collaboration from 2012 to 2018. Sylvia has provided consultancy services in issues of negotiation and human rights to many national and Latin-American organizations, as well as the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Part of Sylvia’s work has focused on strengthening coalitions from civil society and developing their capacity for participation, collaboration and negotiation. She received the Omecíhuatl medal from the Government of Mexico City in 2004 and was named a World Fellow by Yale University in 2018.