Ms. Silvia Quan is the President of “Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala.”  A national of Guatemala, she is feminist and expert on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Silvia Quan

From 2003 – 2013 led the disability rights defense unit within the Ombudsman’s Office in Guatemala.

2013 – currently: Has been an independent consultant for several INGOs: HI (former Handicap International), CBM, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA); collaborating advisor for the Disability Rights Fund (DRF), Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDDI), Trickle-Up Guatemala, Save the Children, World Bank and IFAD.

From 2011-2016 served as independent expert on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, during its last two years 2015-2016 was its Vice-Chairperson.

From 2017-2019 held the position as Senior Human Rights Advisor for the International Disability Alliance (IDA), office in Geneva.


Senior consultant for the initiative on preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls with disabilities and their access to justice, co-implemented by LEGIS and Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala.

President of “Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala.”