Latin America & Caribbean Staff

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Washington, DC

We are currently looking for a Regional Director

Rachel Abrego, Administrative Assistant, joined ABA ROLI in November 2015.  Ms. Abrego received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She previously interned with the Institute for Global Engagement in Arlington, VA, where she worked for the Southeast Asia Division, and with Interaction International.  Ms. Abrego is a native Spanish speaker.  

Chantal Agarwal, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in November 2010.  She is currently responsible for managing rule of law programs in the Latin America region and conducting business development.  Over the past 15 years, she has designed and implemented various programs in Latin America covering a range of international development priorities, including rule of law, human rights, democratic governance, citizen participation, women’s rights, political party strengthening, microfinance and global policy.  Ms. Agarwal holds an M.A. degree in international affairs from the Elliott School for International Affairs of the George Washington University and a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in French and Italian.  

Clark Flynt, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in June 2015, after four years of experience on Capitol Hill, working on criminal justice issues for the Senate Judiciary Committee.  She holds a B.A. degree in political science and leadership studies from Williams College and an M.A. degree in international affairs from the Elliott School for International Affairs of the George Washington University.  Prior to working on the Hill, she interned for Management Systems International, the U.S. Department of State and an Argentine law firm.  She has lived in Ecuador, Argentina and France, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. 

Martin Friedl, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI’s Latin America and the Caribbean Division in November 2011. He previously worked at the Center for International Private Enterprise as a program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.  While at CIPE, he managed a number of democracy and economic reform programs with business associations and think tanks in the region.  Mr. Friedl holds an M.A. in political science and comparative politics and a B.A. in political science from American University.  Martin is German-Uruguayan and lived in several countries growing up, including many years in Costa Rica.  He is fluent in Spanish and German.  

Central America

Tania Montoya de Amaya, Country Director, El Salvador, joined ABA ROLI in November 2011. She is a lawyer from El Salvador and served for several years as head of the Division of Tax Crimes against the State at the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of El Salvador. She has also worked as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Program in El Salvador, Guatemala and Paraguay. More recently, she served as deputy director for a USAID justice sector program in El Salvador. Ms. Montoya has written books and articles about processing crime scenes, chain of custody and evidence in criminal proceedings, and has trained judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and police investigators on these issues.  


Philippe Lamarche, Country Director, Haiti, joined ABA ROLI in May 2011. He previously served as chief of party for U.S. Agency for International Development-funded rule of law programs in Lebanon, Haiti and Burundi. He also managed a similar project for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo and for the UN in Rwanda. He has previously worked as an international coordinator for Transparency International in Haiti, as a legal advisor for USAID in Haiti and as director of legal affairs for the International Tribunal for Children’s Rights in Canada. He is a registered lawyer with the Bar of Quebec, and has criminal litigation experience as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice in Canada. He holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Montreal and an LL.M. degree in comparative criminal law from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne). 


David Fernandez, Country Director, Mexico, joined ABA ROLI in 2011. Mr. Fernandez previously served as the deputy country director for the ABA ROLI program to support law schools and bar associations in Mexico. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, he was dean of the law school at Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, Mexico. Mr. Fernandez is a Spanish-Mexican attorney and earned J.D. and LL.M. degrees in information technologies and law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He also is a Ph.D. candidate at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Mr. Fernandez is a practicing attorney, certified in criminal public defense in Madrid, Spain, and certified as a trainer in the new criminal justice system in Mexico. He is fluent in English and Spanish. 


Raúl Callirgos Velarde, Country Director, Peru, joined ABA ROLI in July 2012. He has served as an international consultant on judicial reform for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. In Peru, he has held a number of positions in the public sector, including serving as a secretary general of the Judicial Coordination Council, as a national director of justice and national director of legal issues at the Ministry of Justice, and as a primary consultant for the National Congress of Peru, where he participated in the commissions on justice and human rights, women’s rights, constitutional law and budget. He has also served as academic director and general director for the Academy of the Magistracy, as chief of the Cabinet of Consultants for the presidency of the Superior Court of Justice in Lima and as general director of the Public Defender’s Office at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.  

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