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Carr Speaker Series -The Obama Human Rights Policy: The Unfinished Agenda. Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Torture. Mr. Mendez is a lawyer and human rights activist known for his work on behalf of political prisoners.He is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. In 2001, Mendez began working for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights NGO. He served as its president from 2004 to 2009, and currently is its President Emeritus.