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Maria Torres, University College Cork (Ireland)

Maria Torres is an indigenous lawyer and master’s student in University College Cork (MRes Government and Public Policy), who serves as a parliamentary adviser at the Commission for Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, Environment and Ecology at the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She is a political activist for indigenous peoples’ rights and has advocated for reclaiming indigenous identity in Peru. Last year, she ran for Congress in Peru, leading a campaign based on making people aware about the importance of reclaiming indigenous identity. Her master’s research focuses on the relationship between indigenous self-identification and the political support that a person who reclaims this identity could give to indigenous peoples’ demands for self-determination.