Fellows - Claudia Umaña

Claudia Umaña

Claudia Umaña Araujo is a lawyer, activist and legal researcher born in San Salvador, El Salvador. While studying for her law degree from the University Dr. Jose Matías Delgado, the country went through one of its most convulsive times. These circumstances had a great impact on her life and is what has lead her to devote most of her career to the pursuit of modernization of the State, search of opportunities through trade and the promotion of the importance of transparency and rule of law as the path to prosperity and peace.

She is the current President of the NGO: Democracy – Transparency – Justice (DTJ), which promotes transparency and woman’s rights, and Vice President of FUSADES, which has been ranked among the top ten in Latin America according the “Think Tank Initiative.” She is also the Coordinator of the Political and Legal Studies of FUSADES. She also served as the Director of the Department of Legal Studies of FUSADES for almost ten years.

Claudia was also a public servant for almost a decade working as the Director of Trade/Commercial Policy of the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador, with the rank of Special Ambassador for Trade Negotiations. During the years that she held office she coordinated the team that negotiated the WTO, CAFTA, Central America and Chile, among other trade treaties. She was also the head of the Central American Integration Treaty. In 2014, she was awarded the “Order of Bernardo O’Higgins” in rank of Officer, by the Government of Chile. She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Fundación Democracia, Transparencia y Justicia´s primary objective is to promote better access to justice. El Salvador’s struggle for peaceful coexistence; insecurity and lack of legal defense is affecting the public at large. The methods of conflict resolution without confrontation are delegitimized and do not receive the attention they deserve. This project will aim to raise awareness of what the obstacles for justice, access to information on judicial matters, how public resources have been utilized, cost benefit orientation and training citizens on how the government works in order to access justice. The project will revolve around three areas considered a priority for the country: the links between justice and the promotion of economic growth and competitiveness, transparency and accountability and rule of law.

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Directora del Departamento de Estudios Legales


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