Costa Rican Association on Drug Studies and Interventions (ACEID), Costa Rica
Ernesto Cortés is a drug user activist from Costa Rica. He is the Executive Director of the Costa Rican Association on Drug Studies and Interventions (ACEID), member of the Costa Rican Association of Families of Incarcerated People (FPU) and secretariat of secretariat of the Latin American Network of People Who Use Drugs (LANPUD).
He has a degree in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Costa Rica, a master’s degree in Criminology from the Universidad de Cooperación Internacional (UCI) and another master´s degree in mental health from the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Valencia, Spain.
He is currently the vice chair of the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC), researcher at the Research Collective on Drugs and the Law (CEDD), and professor of Anthropology at the Universidad de Costa Rica. He has specialized in research and advocacy in drug policy, harm reduction and prison systems. Has published several papers and a couple books.