Roberto Mukaro Borrero
Director of International Mechanisms
Roberto “Mukaro” Borrero comes to US Human Rights Network with a rich and distinguished background in human rights, including a specialization on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. He brings over 20 years of experience engaging the United Nations system in thematic areas such as Sustainable Development; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Indigenous Peoples; and the Organization of American States; among others.
Borrero is a member of the Taíno Tribal Nation, an Indigenous Peoples whose traditional homelands extend through the Greater Antilles and the Southern tip of Florida in the U.S. In 2012, he was traditionally sanctioned as a Kasike (Chief) of the Guainía Taíno tribal community. Professionally, he has previously served on the staff of the International Indian Treaty Council and the American Museum of Natural History, and as an independent contracting consultant for UNESCO. Borrero has a long and respected history as a grass-roots community advocate and has served on numerous boards and committees. He is currently the board President of the Friends of Brook Park in the South Bronx, NY.
Borrero has an educational background in Communications and Cultural Studies. In 2013, he was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from Kayiwa International University, Kampala, Uganda. Borrero is also an artist and musician who currently resides in New York with his wife, two daughters and a family dog rescued from a local shelter.