CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER
Celia served as spokesperson and director of the non-governmental Human Rights Commission in El Salvador between 1987 and 1997. She later worked in the Ombudsman’s Office for Human Rights (PDDH), and as the General Coordinator for the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Central America (CODEHUCA).
Celia graduated from the National University of El Salvador with a focus in Journalism and Communications. She also studied at the International Organization for the Right to Education (OIDEL) in Geneva, Switzerland, graduating with a focus in Human Rights and Education. Additionally, Celia has an Administration Management degree from the Specialized Institute for Higher Education in Diplomatic Formation (IEESFORD).
Celia has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the Central American Integration System (CC-SICA) and was the Central American representative for the Latin American Platform for Conflict Prevention. In recent years, she has worked as Consul General for El Salvador in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and as Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Management at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in El Salvador. She joined Cristosal in 2014, working on the design, oversight, and execution of Cristosal’s programs in the Northern Triangle.