The Coordination Team
Project Coordinator and Regional Coordinator for South and Central Asia
Lopa is an economics student and a post graduate diploma holder in software engineering started off her career as a social worker with a local NGO, about 20 years ago. She has been working with children withdrawn from situations of trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has had experiences of steering South Asian Regional Action Forums focusing on care and protection of children and women from sexual violence, including sexual exploitation while working with Academy for Educational Development. Prior to joining Family for Every Child in 2015, Lopa headed the child protection portfolio of Terre des hommes Foundation in India. Lopa also supports organisations in strengthening their organisational safeguarding policies and procedures as a part-time consultant. Lopa is based in India.
Regional Coordination Adviser for sub-Saharan Africa
Jade Tachie-Menson holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in the United States and has diverse experience in international law, human rights and development issues. She has completed various legal and policy assignments for a number of international organisations, including the UN. She previously worked for ECPAT International’s Africa Programme on combatting the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the continent, including supporting the establishment of a regional presence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Jade is also involved in analysis work to review policies and plans of action related to child protection in West and Central Africa. Jade’s professional focal areas include programme/project coordination, legal and policy research and advocacy, civil society network development, and fundraising. Jade is based in Ghana.
Regional Coordination Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean
Maricruz holds a B.A. in International Relations and several post-graduate degrees in general management, human resources, research and gender issues. She has over 10 years experience as a project and operations manager, coordinating multidisciplinary teams in Latin America and other parts of the world, working with NGOs and start-up companies. Most of her work with NGOs has been focusing on research, advocacy and public policy work for the protection of children from commercial sexual exploitation and gender violence. Mari is based in Argentina.