Country of Origin: Panama
Sara is President of the Coordinator of Territorial Women Leaders of Mesoamerica and an Embera leader from the General Embera Congress of Alto Bayano in the Darien forests of Panama. Indigenous Embera and Wounan communities number about 15,000 people in Panama, and most of the territory is rainforest which the communities have managed for centuries. Two communities in Alto Bayano recently won their land titles, as a result of a precedent-setting ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Sara is an expert in human rights, especially in right of indigenous peoples, indigenous women, and youth, and she has worked with the Organization of Young Emberá and Wounaan of Panamá (OJEWP).