APAL is an international civil association of a scientific nature, integrated by the National Psychiatric Societies of the different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and that functions as a professional and social corporation of public good, non-profit, independent of any current ideological, scientific and philosophical school.
Its constitutive antecedents date back to the Second World Congress of Psychiatry that was held in Zurich, Germany, in 1957, in which the SALW Organizing Committee is integrated, which was constituted by Drs: José Ángel Bustamante (Cuba); Carlos Alberto Seguín (Peru); A. Pacheco e Silva (Brazil); Guillermo Dávila (Mexico); Gregorio Berman (Argentina) and Jesús Mata De Gregorio (Venezuela).
On September 10, 1960, meeting at the Hotel Habana Libre in Cuba, APAL was officially founded, deciding that, in 1961, in Caracas, the First Congress be held. It is the honor of Dr. Jesús Mata De Gregorio to be the President of that Congress and the first President of SALW.
The current President is Dr. Enrique Bojórquez Giraldo of Peru (Period 2020 – 2022) and the President Elect Dr. Marisol Taveras Ulerio of the Dominican Republic (Period 2022 – 2024).
APAL Board of Directors
Enrique Bojórquez Giraldo
Marisol Taveras Ulerio
Vice-President and President-elect
Elizabeth Rivera Chavez
Giselle Vargas Cajahuanca
Secretary of Finance
Rommel Artieda Maruri
Regional Secretary Bolivarian Countries
Edilberto Peña de Leon
Regional Secretary México, Central America and the Caribbean