Federico Ramos, the 2010-2011 José Siderman-Fulbright Human Rights Fellow, worked as an advisor to the Human Rights Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Argentina, where he defended claims against the State in the criminal justice area. He also has served as Argentina's Undersecretary of Prison Affairs, overseeing more than 30 prisons and jails and leading efforts to eliminate overcrowding. Prior to assuming that post, he worked extensively on reform of the police in province of Buenos Aires.
"If it wasn't for the Siderman Fellowship, it would have been impossible for me to experience something like this. The legal system in the United States is completely different from the system in Argentina, where we don't have Rules of Evidence or jury trials. Everything I learned is extremely valuable and interesting."- Federico Ramos
During his stay at Southwestern, in addition to studies that focused on the criminal justice process, Federico undertook an independent study project that led to publication in the Southwestern Journal of International Law of an article on the procedural difficulties confronting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and during his final months in Los Angeles he had the opportunity to focus on inmates' rights working for the ACLU. Federico is now serving as Chief Legal Counsel for Argentina's National Immigration Service.