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Mia Andal-Castro

Atty. Carmela Andal-Castro is an expert on children’s rights, women issues and working with non-profit corporations. In 2016, she received The Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) Award for her contributions to society on law and child protection.

Mia has more than fifteen years of experience as a management executive and attorney in the areas of family law and criminal litigation. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of women and children issues, having successfully prosecuted dozens of child abuse, child sex trafficking, and violence against women and children (VAWC) cases. She has worked closely with various government agencies, and non-government organizations on policy matters, implementation and capacity building endeavors on a wide range of children’s rights and issues. In 2010, she received an award from the Philippine National Police for her significant contributions in the enforcement and investigation of anti-human trafficking cases in the country. She was an International Visitor Leadership Program fellow of the U.S. State Department with women’s rights as her field of study.

Mia is proficient in project development and management, stakeholder relations, government relations, risk management, and managing legal and corporate affairs. She served as Managing Director of Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, one of the country’s most established philanthropic organizations, and is a member of the Philippine Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), under its Inter-Country Placement Committee.

Previously, she headed the Manila office of International Justice Mission, a Washington DC-based human rights organization. Mia began her law career at Puyat Jacinto & Santos handling litigation, labor and family law.

Atty. Castro earned her law degree and her economics degree magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines, and completed executive education on strategic management from Harvard Business School. She was admitted to the bar in 2001.