My Nonprofit Reviews
Patricia Quijano V.
Review for Center For International Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington, DC, USA
Last summer, I have the great opportunity to intern at Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Having more than 8 years of experience as a lawyer working for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Agency, and other agencies in Peru, my purpose was to learn about how to effectively address environmental issues worldwide from an NGO perspective and mainly help vulnerable communities develop in a sustainable and climate-friendly way. I am glad that while working for CIEL, I was able to get involved in areas of international law and assist with policy analysis and advocacy regarding illegal logging, trade in illegal timber, potential harms caused by the implementation of projects in Latin America, and climate change. Among others, this experience made sadly realize that my home country Peru was failing to comply with regulations to fight against the trade of illegal timber.
Thanks to CIEL, I could attend several events and conferences on its behalf and be part of the NGO world knowing wonderful people whose organizations look to create a greater impact on people’s lives. Further, I had the opportunity to stand and raise my voice against the irrational decision of the US President to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.
From the start, CIEL staff made me feel as a part of its family. I met incredible people, not just extraordinary professionals but lovely persons that are always willing to help and teach. I am pretty sure that they will continue with the great work.
I am so grateful to CIEL for this opportunity.