Sonia is an international leader in child protection. She joined the ECLT Foundation in April 2012, continuing a career that has combined programs for helping vulnerable children in developing countries and transforming child-focused systems through policy, legislation, knowledge-building and research in industrialized countries. Sonia’s graduate education includes a degree in administration and management from Harvard University, and several executive-level programs completed at the London School of Economics, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the US Institute of Peace. Sonia has been senior vice-president at American Humane Association and Family Support America, and director of the National Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, funded by the US Federal Government. She also served in several senior roles and as field director with Plan International, Save the Children, and Christian Children’s Fund. Sonia is a US citizen and a native Colombian.
Child labour jeopardizes children's rights and and prevents children from getting an education, learning new skills, and preparing for their futures. In Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, and Kyrgyzstan alone, more than 1.7 million school-age children are not in school and thus susceptible to entering child labour.