Luis CdeBaca

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Luis CdeBaca
Luis CdeBaca US State Dept photo.jpg
United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Assumed office
18 May 2009
President Barack Obama
Personal details
Born Iowa
Citizenship American
Alma mater Iowa State University
University of Michigan Law School
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Luis CdeBaca[pronunciation?] is an American lawyer who has served as United States Ambassador in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons since 2009. He was formerly an attorney for the United States Department of Justice, where he was one of the United States' most highly decorated federal prosecutors.


CdeBaca was raised on a cattle ranch in Iowa. His family has been in what is now the United States since the 1500s, dating back to the explorations of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca in 1527; in the ensuing years, his family has played a prominent role in New Mexico politics and culture,[2] including the first Latino Governor Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca, Lieutenant Governor Luis CdeBaca, and the pioneer of education and Chicana literature, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 before attending the University of Michigan Law School where he completed a Juris Doctor degree in 1993. He was editor of the Michigan Law Review.[3][4]

Public service[edit]

After graduating from law school, CdeBaca joined the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. At the Justice Department, he prosecuted cases involving involuntary servitude, alien smuggling, money laundering, and organized crime, as well as racial violence and police brutality.[3] He served as counsel to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where his portfolio included immigration reform, civil liberties -- especially the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and civil rights issues such as involuntary servitude. As an American diplomat, he coordinates the U.S. Government's fight against contemporary forms of slavery.


  1. ^ "Ambassador’s anti-human trafficking efforts guided by Vatican II call". The Catholic Review. 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
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  3. ^ a b "Luis C. de Baca". The Washington Post. 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biography - Luis CdeBaca". U.S. State Department. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 

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