Biography of Mr. Juan Miguel Petit, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material


Mr. Juan Miguel Petit

Juan Miguel Petit, was Special Rapporteur from 2001 to 2008. From Uruguay, Mr. Petit is a Doctor in Law and Social Sciences. He has been involved in social policies and journalism, specialising in penitentiary reform, preventive social policies and the combat against the trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation.

He was the Director of the National Children Institute of Uruguay (1985-1990), Technical Coordinator of the National Rehabilitation Centre of Uruguay for young offenders (2001-2005), and human rights advisor of the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Uruguay. In his actual post, he is involved in penitentiary reform matters and follow-up of the international human rights system.

He has also been a journalist, editor of local magazines and radio producer and conductor.