Nerea Aparicio, Director, Latin America and Caribbean Division, joined ABA ROLI in August 2016. 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. Aparicio 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. Abrego received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Indiana Wesleyan University. She previously interned with the Institute for Global Engagement in Arlington, V.A., where she worked for the Southeast Asia Division, and with Interaction International. 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. 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.