Zara Snapp is the co-founder of Instituto RIA, a Mexican civil society organization that undertakes research and advocacy within a social justice, harm reduction, and peace building framework. For the past decade, she has engaged deeply in the legislative and judicial drug policy reform processes in Mexico, as well as participating in regional and international advocacy at the Organization of American States and the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. From 2014-2017, she led the Latin American strategy for the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
Zara has a master’s in public policy from Harvard University where she was a Public Service Fellow and a political science degree from the University of Colorado where she received the Truman Scholarship, as well as other awards. Zara writes articles and book chapters on innovations in drug policy, including legal regulation, social justice, and equity. She is the author of the book, Dictionary of Drugs.
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