Mauricio received a B.A. in Law and Philosophy from the Industrial University of Santander. He holds an LL.M. from the Andes University and from the American University in International Legal Studies. He was a Fullbright Scholar and a “Otros saberes, otras justicias II” scholar of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Mauricio worked as Executive Director of the organization Diverse Colombia and has been a researcher at the Sociojuridical Research Centre (CIJUS) of the Andes University, the Colombian Jurists Commission, and Human Rights Watch. He is interested in constitutional law, law and social movements, law and sexuality, anti-drug policy, and public security. He is a columnist of El Espectador and a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights activist.