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Izkia Siches

INTERIOR AND PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER

Izkia Siches Pastén was born on March 4, 1986.  She studied medicine and is a surgeon specialized in internal medicine with a degree from the Universidad de Chile. She was president of the Faculty of Medicine West Campus Student Center, advisor to the Student Federation (FECH) and was member of the University Senate between 2010 and 2012.

In May 2017 she was chosen as the first woman to preside over Chile’s Medical College (Colegio Médico de Chile). She was re-elected in 2021. Since 2014, she has been a doctor at the Hospital San Juan de Dios, which is part of the Western Metropolitan Area Health Network. In 2018, she joined the Infectiology Unit, focusing on treating patients living with HIV.

On March 11, 2022, after being appointed by President Gabriel Boric, she took office as Interior and Public Security Minister. She is the first woman in this position.

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Manuel Monsalve

INTERIOR UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Monsalve is a doctor and politician born in Coronel on July 9, 1965.  He is the son of Manuel Monsalve and Graciela del Carmen Benavides, is married and has two daughters. He went to primary school at public school N°54 Rosita Renard in Coronel and secondary at Liceo A-49 Antonio Salamanca Morales, also in Coronel.

He studied medicine at the Universidad de Concepción, School of Medicine, where he graduated third in his class as a surgeon. He furthered his studies in social and public management.

He was a physician in the municipality of Los Álamos (Biobío Region), where he was appointed director of the Consultorio (public health clinic)  and head of the Municipal Public Health Department.

A member of the Partido Socialista de Chile, he began his political career when he was elected councilman in the municipality of Los Álamos.  During this period he presided over the provincial board of directors of the PS and was part of the party’s regional leadership.

In 2000, then-Health Minister Michelle Bachelet named him director of the Arauco Public Health Service. Later, in 2006, he was elected deputy for the former District 46 in the Biobío Region, where he was reelected three times. Until March 10, he was deputy for the new District 21 of the municipality of the Lota and the Arauco and Biobío provinces.

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Miguel Crispi

REGIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DEVELOPMENT UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Crispi studied sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This is where his career path began as student leader, as he was elected president of the Sociology Student Center in 2008. That same year he participated in founding the university political movement called Nueva Acción Universitaria (NAU), which he led when he was elected president of the Student Federation of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He was an active member of the Partido Socialista de Chile until 2012. That year, together with three other student leaders, they created the Revolución Democrática movement and in 2013 he became its first president.

Between 2014 and 2016, he participated as advisor to the education reform team of President Michelle Bachelet’s Education Ministry.

In March 2018 he took on the role of deputy for District 12 in the Metropolitan Region. During this period he was a member of the following standing committees: Health, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. He led the drafting of articles that allowed for the incorporation of reserved seats for indigenous communities in the constitutional convention.

He has a master’s degree in public policies from the School of Economics, Universidad de Chile and has diplomas in advanced data analysis technologies (PUC) and in public policies from The Harris School at the University of Chicago.

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Eduardo Vergara Bolbarán

CRIME PREVENTION UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Vergara studied political science at the University of Portland, USA, and has a master’s degree in public affairs from The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). He has a master’s in politics from California State University, Long Beach and he pursued advanced studies in drug policy and human rights at the CEU in Budapest, Hungary and Oxford Analytica.

He worked on major disarmament processes in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also taught at the Uganda Martyrs University.

He is editor and coauthor of the book “Chile and Drugs” and coauthor of “From repression to regulation: Proposals for drug policy reform”. He also has numerous publications in magazines, academic journals and indexed publications.

Throughout his career he has presented proposals on security policies before the Mexican congress, the OAS, UNASUR, the European Parliament and Commission, and universities in the United States and Europe where he emphasized the relation between inequality, gender and security.

Between 2015 and 2018 he was in charge of the Public Safety Division of the Interior Ministry and later became executive director of Fundación Chile 21, where he formed the largest network of municipalities in terms of prevention and security.

He founded the NGOs Asuntos del Sur (Southern Affairs) and the Observatorio Latinoamericano de Políticas de Drogas y Seguridad Humana (Latin American Observatory for Drug and Human Safety Policies).

He is also a member of the Organized Crime Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean.

On March 11, 2022, he took office as Crime Prevention Undersecretary.