Sonia Picado is president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. She has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 1990.

From 1994 to 1998, Picado served as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States. She was elected a member of Costa Rica’s National Assembly in 1998 and represented San José until 2002.

Picado has been life-long advocate of international human rights. Between 1988 and 1994, she was a judge and vice-chair of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She has also served as a member of the Experts Committee for the Promotion of Human Rights in Central America, the Commission of European Communities, the International Commission for the Reovery and Development of Central America, and the International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor.

Notably, Picado was the first woman to be elected dean of the University of Costa Rica’s School of Law.