Carmela Andal-Castro

Managing Director

Carmela Andal-Castro is Managing Director of Consuelo Foundation.  She has over 10 years professional experience in law, development and management.  She manages the operations of Consuelo Foundation in the Philippines, providing overall direction for the implementation of its child abuse prevention and treatment programs that benefit thousands of children, women and youth.

Previously, she headed the Manila office of International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization based in Washington, D.C., that rescues and assists victims of child abuse and human trafficking. She successfully executed child abuse prevention and intervention programs, and prosecuted dozens of child sexual abuse and human trafficking cases.  She has developed and given numerous trainings and workshops on child abuse prevention, victim sensitivity, women and children’s rights, and basic criminal procedure to diverse sets of trainees including law enforcement officers, social workers, NGOs, public prosecutors, private lawyers and community leaders.

In 2010, she was recognized by the Philippine National Police for her contribution in the enhancement of the investigative capability of law enforcers involved in anti-trafficking which resulted in the successful rescue of victims, the arrest of perpetrators, and the prosecution of trafficking cases.  She was also recognized by several government and private shelters  for her contribution to the improvement of their intervention programs for abuse survivors.

She was an International Visitor Leadership Program fellow, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program for emerging foreign leaders, with Women’s Rights as her field of study.  Earlier in her career, she was an associate in one of the biggest law firms in the Philippines with labor law, family law and commercial law litigation as her practice areas.

Mia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law.