Nerea Aparicio, Director, Latin America and Caribbean Division, joined ABA ROLI in August 2016. Ms. Aparicio brings more than 20 years of experience, and considerable expertise, in advancing the rule of law and human rights especially in the LAC region. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Aparicio served as Principal Specialist at the O.A.S. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights where she was responsible for developing and advancing the Commission´s efforts in the region, including case system; support for public hearings; monitoring conditions affecting human rights including access to justice; and, direct engagement with civil society organizations and governments in countries throughout the region.
Previously, Ms. Aparicio worked as a staff member of the United Nations, including as part of the UN Mission for the Verification of the Peace Agreements in Guatemala (MINUGUA), and subsequently on behalf of the UNHCHR in Colombia where she worked to strengthen the capacity of the national Ombudsman’s Office. Ms. Aparicio has also served as consultant on rule of law efforts funded by various donors including USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and the official donor agencies of Spain (AECID) and Sweden (SIDA). At the outset of her career, Ms. Aparicio worked for the Geneva-based UN Center for Human Rights and the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
Ms. Aparicio earned her law degree from the University of Deusto’s School of Law and is member of the Madrid Bar. Ms. Aparicio also holds a Master’s in International Legal Studies 01from American University’s Washington College of Law. Ms. Aparicio has taught and lectured at a number of universities in Latin American and in the US, on subject matters involving conflict resolution, international and regional systems for the protection of human rights, as well as on Indigenous Peoples rights. She is dual citizen of Spain and the United States.
Greg Taylor, Program Officer, has worked at ABA ROLi since June 2015. Taylor spent his first two years at ABA ROLi in the International Support department working primarily on new staff recruitment, and then he went on to work for the ABA ROLi Middle East and North Africa Division for a year and a half before joining the LAC Division in November 2018. Prior to working at ABA ROLi, Taylor served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador from 2013 to 2015, where he worked on grassroots youth and community development projects. He is fluent in Spanish and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona, and he is currently an evening J.D. student at American University Washington College of Law.
Hillary Voth, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2017. Prior to coming to ABA ROLI, Voth spent six years in Bolivia, where she worked for a nongovernmental organization conducting business development and supporting project implementation. Voth holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in Latin American studies and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese.