Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria is a founder and leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico. Before becoming involved in the movement, Longoria has served as director for the Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, (CENCOS). in 1999 he was elected unanimously by the First Legislative Assembly of the Federal District  as Electoral Counselor for the General Council of the IEDF. In 2001 the Second Legislative Assembly elected him for President of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City, a position he held until September 2009. During his administration, he strived to build a culture of human rights and to strengthen the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City as an autonomous body. He has also conducted various academic activities in public and private universities along with the promotion of human rights.

He is a co-analyst for various media outlets such as the newspaper El Universal, MVS Radio, and he is host of, among others, the program Arreglando el Mundo del Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, IMER and el Mañanero on TV-Televisa. Longoria holds a BA in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico along with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales.