Laura Chinchilla was elected President of Costa Rica on Feb 7th, 2010, being the first woman in the country to hold such office. She highlighted the promotion of citizen security, the reformation of the criminal procedure codes, laws against drug trafficking and organized crimes, and preventing violence.
One of her most outstanding achievements was the steady decline in crime rates in Costa Rica. She also prompted measures on the promotion of women’s rights, protection of children and environmental sustainability. While in office, she earned two international awards: ‘’Excellence in National Management of the Ocean’’ (2011), and the ‘Award of the Shark Guardian of the year’’ (2013).
Mrs. Chinchilla has also worked as a consultant in Latin America and Africa with various international organizations. Relevant tasks include diagnostics on the justice sector for the Agency for International Development (USAID), coordination of studies and projects on judicial reform for the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and assessments and advice on police reform to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). As former President, she is active on global agenda being part of various forums such as the WLA Club de Madrid, the Inter American Dialogue, Concordia Summit, the Latin American Presidential Commission, and has been teaching in Georgetown University, Tecnológico de Monterrey in México, and Universidade de Sao Paolo in Brazil. She has headed several Organization of American State’s Observation Electoral Missions: México 2015, United States 2016, Paraguay 2018 and Brazil 2018.