Meet Our Staff Members 

Our staff are based in Panama City, Panama, while the cases are across the country, and include program partnering with international organizations, strengthening environmental laws and upholding our legal accomplishments and a Communications focused on strategic media and advocacy campaigns.  

Meet our Board and the International Partners:


Executive Director

Sonia Montenegro serves as responsible for articulating CIAM’s legal strategy,representing the organization at public events,  as well as directing and coordinating all actions, activities, and internal and external processes, as well as those external to the organization.



Maria Gabriella is responsible for strategic litigation, identification and monitoring of legal cases as part of a strategy to promote environmental human rights. Her   work helps to create jurisprudence by establishing innovative legal precedents; as well as ensuring that national laws are applied correcta.  She works closely with organized communities and civil society groups, involving them in the decision-making process, acting as a point of contact, providing relevant information and supporting her legal actions.




Joana provides legal defense for the environment and the biodiversity of Panama. As legal champion, encourages citizen participation through the dissemination of knowledge and the creation of networks to influence relevant decisions and policies concerning environmental justice.



Isaias, provides scientific advice and support to ongoing legal and advocacy actions, and special projects manager. Acts as principal generator of sustainable development proposals providing relevant technical data and other associated information for alternative best practices.

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Registered Charity: On April 28, 2010, the Ministry of Economy and Finance recognizing CIAM´s non-profit status issued Resolution No. 201-1508 whereby donations to the Center can be deduced from Panama’s income tax return.

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