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Gisela Perez de Acha Chavez

Gisela Perez de Acha

Class of 2020

Gisela Pérez de Acha is a Mexican human rights lawyer and data journalist, currently specializing in digital investigations at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She leads cybersecurity at Berkeley Law’s Human Right Center Investigations Lab, where she also documents war crimes  in Latin America. Additionally, Gisela is also a researcher at the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity and is currently investigating online hate speech against migrants at CITRIS Policy Lab.

Before attending Berkeley, Gisela worked as an attorney specializing in digital safety and gender at Derechos Digitales, a Latin American NGO focused on human rights online. During that time she also edited Horizontal, the magazine of a cultural center in Mexico City, where she also curated art and literature events related to technology. After the deadly earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, Gisela ran #Verificado19s: a citizen journalism initiative for crowdsourced reporting during natural disasters. She was recently awarded a Fullbright scholarship.


  • Fullbright Scholarship


  • Human Rights Center: graduate student researcher and teaching assistant https://humanrights.berkeley.edu/

  • Center for Long Term Cybersecurity: graduate student researcher and teaching assistant https://cltc.berkeley.edu/about-us/citizen-clinic/

  • CITRIS Policy Lab: studying hate speech online against migrants https://citrispolicylab.org/people/


Cybersecurity, Gender/Sexuality, Malware, Technology and Human Rights, War Policy