Marianela Fuertes is a human rights lawyer. She began her career in Colombia where she worked for seven years at the Human Rights Commission (Colombia) as a lawyer and was a law professor at the Colombian National University. In 2000, Marianela was named an associate justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia. More recently, Marianela worked for eight years as a restorative justice case worker for the Youth Court in Halifax NS, consulted for the UN High Commission of Human Rights in Colombia, and worked as a research analyst in Guatemala. Throughout her career, Marianela has authored two books on constitutional law and human rights, and has contributed to various publications.