Latin America & Caribbean Staff

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Washington, DC


Nerea Aparicio, Director, Latin America and Caribbean Division, joined ABA ROLI in August 2016. Ms. Aparicio is an attorney with more than 15 years of professional experience in international human rights law and institutional strengthening, especially in Latin America, where she has lived and worked in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. Nerea has served as UN Human Rights and Justice Officer at UN Mission for the Verification of the Peace Accords in Guatemala (1995-2000) and as Principal Specialist at the O.A.S. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights where she was responsible for the development and operationalization of the Commission’s strategy related to its case system for several geographical regions (2006-2014). She has also served as a consultant for the Office in Colombia of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, USAID and U.S. Department of State financed initiatives. She holds a Master Degree in International Legal Studies (LL.M.) from the American University, Washington College of Law and earned her law degree from the School of Law at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain).


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. In addition, she serves as the Co-Chair for ABA ROLI’s Legal Education Reform Practice Group.  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.


Nathalie Cornet, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in September 2016. Prior to joining the ABA, Cornet worked with the American Red Cross for over three and a half years supporting humanitarian and development programs and disaster response in Latin America. She has also worked on human rights and development issues with small nongovernmental organizations in Washington D.C. and Brussels, as well as the European Union in Brussels and Costa Rica. She holds an M.A. degree in international development studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University and a B.A. degree in political science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan. Originally from Belgium, Cornet is a native French speaker but also speaks Spanish fluently and has some proficiency in Portuguese.


Clark Flynt, Program Officer, 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. 

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.  

Mexico


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. 

Peru


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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