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Ministry of Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Ministry is contributing to Chile’s development by modernizing the justice system. It promotes standards and policies that aim to facilitate access, the protection of people’s rights, social reinsertion and public security, all within a framework of respect for human rights.

Hernán Larraín

JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS MINISTER

Mr. Larraín holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Law from London University. He has been a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School since 1984, and served as Vice Rector of the same institution from 1976 to 1986. He was also a member of the Presidential Higher Education Committee.

A Senator since 1994, he served as Chair of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party from 2006 to 2008 and 2015 to 2017. When he won his third term in 2009 for the Maule Region, he obtained the first national majority. He was Senate President in 2004 under the administration of President Ricardo Lagos.

During his prestigious legislative career, Mr. Larraín has served on the following standing committees: Government, Constitution, Legislation and Justice, Foreign Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Human Rights, Labor, and Ethics and Transparency. He is currently a member of the Inter-American Dialogue. Mr. Larraín was one of the sponsors of the Transparency Law.

He is married to Magdalena Matte Lecaros, with whom he has six children.

Lorena Recabarren

HUMAN RIGHTS UNDERSECRETARY

Ms. Recabarren holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She served as the Executive Director of the Studies Center of thinktank Horizontal, where she coordinated committees on different areas of public policy and the programming teams of the Political Axis of the Program of Government of the Evópoli candidate, Senator-elect Felipe Kast, during the 2017 presidential primaries.

During the first administration of President Sebastián Piñera, she worked in the Research Division of the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency from April 2011 to March 2014, where she provided political and legal consulting services for bills and engaged in research on important political issues and political analysis.

Over the past few years, she has taught in Political Science departments and institutes at various universities, including Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales.

Ms. Recabarren is the mother of two children and an active member of Evópoli.

Sebastián Valenzuela

Justice Undersecretary

Mr. Valenzuela is an attorney with a law degree as well as a master’s in Criminal Law and Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. In 2018-2019, he served as chief of the Legal Division of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and from 2010 to 2013 he was chief of the Social Reinsertion Division of the same ministry. Between 2013 and March 2014, he held the office of Acting Justice Undersecretary.

Between 2012 and 2013, he was executive secretary of the Coordinating Committee of the Criminal Justice System.

As part of his strong vocation for public service, he has also served as Public Criminal Defender from 2006 to 2010.

In the course of his career, he has taught Criminal Law and Procedural Law at several universities. He also has taught at the Academia Judicial, and at Latin American judicial and penitentiary training colleges. 

He is married and has three children.