President’s Profile

Pedro Valdez Bernales is a Peruvian-Canadian journalist. He was a tireless worker for human rights, for that reason, Valdez was persecuted by the Peruvian government. He was forced into exile in Bolivia and later in Canada. In Toronto, Valdez has worked for over a decade as fieldworker in Amnesty International. He is a member of PEN Canada and Canadian Journalist for Free Expression (CJFE). He is also a co-founder of Journalist in Exile (JEX) and President of the Hispanic Press Association (HIPAC). In 2000 he founded Human Rights’ Press.

Later he founded the AméricaLatina newspaper, a press that deals with issues of Latin America and the world, is distributed in most Latin-American businesses, some libraries and bookstores, as well as in the main universities in the Toronto area.