ECA Board of Directors2020-09-22T19:11:58+00:00

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TIMOTHY LAW
Timothy Law is the President of ECA USA and works to strengthen ECA Internationally. Tim is an Attorney working for over 40 years in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is Catholic, a father to 3 children and grandfather to 9. In 2014, he heard the testimonies of David Clohessy and Mary Dispenza of SNAP, who were both survivors of clergy abuse and he became active at the local level to confront his bishop on the issue of clergy abuse. In 2015, he met Peter Saunders of the UK and Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP and was introduced to the national and international dimensions of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church.

ECUADOR

SARA OVIEDOSARA OVIEDO
Sara Oviedo has been defending human rights for the past 50 years in Ecuador, Latin America, where her work started under the guidance of Monseñor Leónidas Proaño, who was the Bishop of the liberation of the Indians. Sara is the Executive Director of the QuituRaymi Foundation and a global ambassador of the new SOKHRATES Social. Sara is also the Coordinator of the Academic Committee of the Hemispheric Network of Parliamentarians and Ex-Parlamentaries for Early Childhood. Sara served as the Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for four years and before that, for 20 years, she was a coordinator of child development programs at the INNFA and the

CHILE

JUAN CARLOS CLARET POOL
Juan Carlos is from Osorno, a city located one thousand kilometers south of the Chilean capital. He did his university studies at the University of Chile Law School and is on his way to obtaining his law degree.
From 2015 to 2018 he was a spokesman for the Osorno Lay Organization, a group of Catholics who demanded the resignation of then-Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who covered up sexual abuse and was the trigger for Pope Francisco’s decision to speak out about abuse in Chile.
He is a founding member of ECA and since 2018 part of its board of directors, while exercising other activities related to the eradication of sexual abuse in the church context.

JAMAICA

DENISE BUCHANANDENISE BUCHANAN
Denise Buchanan is a Psychoneurologist, University Professor, Child Protection Advocate, Sacred Garden Designer, International Speaker and Author. Her book entitled “Sins of the Fathers: A True Story of Rape and Deception in the Catholic Church and Spiritual Renewal,” gained global attention when she was the first to reveal her experience of being sexually molested and impregnated by a priest at age 17 in Jamaica. She recalls her experience and how she survived the childhood trauma as a testimony to help others heal. Denise is a Certified Domestic Abuse Counselor and completed a dual PhD in Psychoneurology & Spiritual Consciousness and Integrative Holistic Health and Thriving. She is creating the first organization in the Caribbean to train young people to develop a wholistic approach to life through integrating mind-body-spirit healing modalities and practical skills training.

ITALY

SIMONE PADOVANI
Simone Padovani is an international photo reporter, a researcher in Community Psychology at the University of Padua and an activist in social issues for the last 15 years. He works with the University of Padua where he teaches the Photovoice technique. He is a social photoreporter working with major international magazines and agencies, such as Getty Images, The Guardian, New York Times, El Pais and many others.
For the past 15 years, Simone has been involved in social advocacy and social justice projects, from climate change, to migrants integration in Italy, and 4 years ago he started to go deeply into the sexual abuse by clergy issue in Italy, and from there he starts to also have a global perspective. He is a founding member of ECA, and a member of the Italian association Rete L’Abuso.

MEXICO

ADALBERTO MENDEZ LOPEZ

Adalberto has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Universidad La Salle, in Mexico City, and a Pre-Master Degree at the Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi, in Istanbul, Turkey. He has a specialization certificate on International Human Rights Law and he is a Legum Magister in International Legal Studies by the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

He is a Business and Human Rights Attorney, and he currently serves as Business & Human Rights Counsel at the global law firm ECIJA, in Mexico. He has provided advisory counsel in and around 17 countries, for international organizations and public offices like the UN Development Program, the Inter American Institute of Human Rights, Chemonics International, USAID and the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Adalberto has ten years of experience on domestic and international strategic litigation on human rights, before the Universal, Inter American and African Human Rights protection systems.

 

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