It is with great sadness that WOLA announces the death of Sandra Edwards, colleague and friend to many of us. Based in Quito, Ecuador, Sandra worked as a consultant for WOLA for many years, monitoring U.S. drug policies and its impact on human rights and democracy in Ecuador. Most recently, she was a member of the WOLA-TNI research team on drug laws and prisons, producing a lengthy report on Ecuador.
Sandra has lived in Ecuador since 1991, where she worked for various international NGOs. Since 1995, she was an independent consultant on issues of human rights and forced migration for NGOs such as Oxfam-UK and the American Friends Service Committee. She also dedicated much of her time to helping women imprisoned in El Inca as a tireless advocate of their rights and improved prison conditions. Before moving to Ecuador, Sandra lived in Central America and New York.
She was deeply committed to promoting human rights and socioeconomic justice, showed endless enthusiasm for her work and was a kind and thoughtful friend. She always ensured that our collaborative work showed the human side of issues. Sandra touched many people's lives and will be sorely missed by colleagues and friends around the world.