Our staff bring a wealth of professional and personal experience to meet the goals of the Mayan League. 

Juanita Cabrera Lopez
Executive Director

Juanita is Maya Mam and originally from the Western Highlands of Guatemala. She is a survivor of the internal armed conflict in Guatemala and a former political refugee. She now works with Maya leaders and elders through their traditional institutions for environmental protection, recognition of land rights, human rights, cultural preservation and education.  Juanita’s work with indigenous peoples has focused on the full and effective use and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her emphasis is focused on the right of self-determination and collective rights to lands, territories, natural resources and the environment. She holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

 

Lorena e Brady
policy associate

Lorena is originally from Quito, Ecuador, and has worked alongside indigenous leaders, elders, attorneys, and human rights defenders for the past decade. Her work has focused on supporting indigenous peoples from the United States, Mexico, Central and South America in both local and international human rights advocacy.  Her primary areas of work have been policy, communications and fundraising efforts that assist indigenous peoples’ fight for the recognition of their right of self-determination and securing rights to lands, territories and natural resources. Lorena has worked with prominent indigenous led organizations throughout her entire career in support of the indigenous human rights movement.  She holds a B.A. in Government and International Politics with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. 

interns

We are pleased to have a partnership with the International Relations Program of Beloit College. Thank you to Dr. Pablo Toral for his collaboration via his "Global Political Ecology” class.