|Executive Director & BoD SecretaryEllene Sana is a human rights cum solidarity activist for many years and is now full time in migrants rights advocacy. As a solidarity activist, she was active in the movement for independence and democracy in East Timor and Burma and in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. As migrants rights activist and executive director of CMA, she serves as resource person, trainor and facilitator in many forums on migration issues, both in country and overseas. She is a civil engineer by profession and has been building bridges of solidarity across nations and peoples.
Treasurer and board member:
Rene Nachura is a consultant to many non-government organizations (NGOs) and peoples’ organizations in the area of organizational development and training. He is now concurrent chairperson of the Initiatives for Participatory Governance, Samar (IPGS) and the Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (Philnet-RDI). Rene was based in the United States in the 1980s, where he served as chair of the Philippine Center for Immigrant Rights (PhilCIR) and as consultant for the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippine (CCHRP).
Malu Padilla works in the Capacity Building, Social Performance and Finance Analysis Department of Oikocredit International; She is also Programme Coordinator at Transcode Programme (Transnational Synergy for Cooperation and Development). In the past, she was active (and still volunteers) in the Amsterdam—based Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers.
Carmel (Melay) V. Abao is a full time faculty member of the Department of Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. She is also currently completing a doctoral degree in development studies at the De La Salle University. Before joining the academe, she was actively involved in several social and political movements, particularly as a labor organizer and educator in the 1980s and later, in the 1990s, as a researcher for the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD). She continues to be involved in labor issues including migrant labor issues.
Volunteer Legal Counsel:
Atty. Henry S. Rojas
He is Attorney-at-Law and Policy Research and Development Specialist whoese areas of expertise include: Overseas Migration Issues, Overseas Absentee Voting, Human Rights and Migrant Rights, Issues on Judicial and Social Reforms and General Practice of Law (litigation, corporate law, civil law, labor law, etc.).