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Cynthia Sanchez

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Cynthia Sanchez is an attorney and mediator specializing in the areas of: domestic and international copyright law and policy, enforcement, mediation, technical assistance, capacity building, program development, outreach, training, and rule of law. 

Ms. Sanchez currently serves as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, a nonprofit organization that provides mediation and conflict resolution services to the diverse communities in Los Angeles. 

Formerly, Ms. Sanchez served as an attorney for Warner Music Group’s Enforcement Division and as Legal Deputy Director for the Mexican Copyright Office (Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor) where she was in charge of the Office’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Division and the Public Information Division.  She also advised the Mexican government and other federal governmental agencies on domestic and international copyright law and policy matters, and participated in negotiating international instruments at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland (e.g., ‘WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty’). In addition, she served as a member of the Mexican delegation team as the copyright technical expert that negotiated the Intellectual Property chapter of the ‘Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)’ Agreement.

Ms. Sanchez has also served as Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office in the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.  The Office of Policy and International Affairs assists the Register of Copyrights in advising the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international copyright law and policy matters, and represents the Copyright Office in U.S. government delegations to international organizations as well as in bilateral meetings and negotiations on copyright issues with foreign governments.  Her geographical portfolio consisted of the Latin America and the Caribbean region.   

Immediately prior to joining the Copyright Office, Ms. Sanchez served as in house counsel for Univision Communications Inc., the largest Spanish language media company in the U.S., and as Counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  She started her legal career as an Associate for Univision Music Group (at the time the largest Spanish language record label in the world and which is now part of Universal Music Latin Entertainment). 

Ms. Sanchez received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles where she was Coordinating Editor for the Chicano Latino Law Review, and earned her B.A. in English Literature and Language from the University of Southern California.  She also received her Mediation certification from the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Ms. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the International Division of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries (and formerly as Music Division Chair) and as Legal Commissioner for the International Music Council (NGO partner of UNESCO).  She has also served as Ambassador to the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, as Vice President for the Hispanic Cultural Society of the U.S. Library of Congress, as Vice-Chair of the International Intellectual Property Rights Steering Committee for the ABA, and as Vice President of the executive board of the California Lawyers for the Arts.

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