Jose Guillermo Ricalde Perez

Guillermo Ricalde (he/him) is a Consultant with ILGA World, working on UN Special Procedures and Sustainable Development Goals.

Born and raised in Mexico, he is a lawyer, researcher, and writer specialized in human rights and migration issues.   

He holds a joint Erasmus Mundus master’s degree in migration and intercultural relations (EMMIR) from a consortium of African and European universities led by the University of Oldenburg (UOL), a second master’s degree in human rights and rights of native peoples, and a bachelor’s degree in law from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY). His master thesis was focused on the notions of home of LGBTI refugees in the Netherlands, being published by the University of Stavanger (UiS). 

Guillermo worked as an intern for ILGA World in the UN advocacy programme (2021) for nine months, supporting LGBTI rights defenders in their engagement with Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures.    

Before joining ILGA World as an officer, Guillermo worked with local NGOs and activists, advocating for women and indigenous rights and providing human rights training for universities and governmental institutions in Mexico. He has also conducted research and co-authored publications for peer-reviewed academic journals and media outlets on the topics of gender equality and LGBTI migrants in Europe.  

Besides his work in human rights advocacy, he started a career as a writer, publishing a children's book recently in Mexico.