Alejandra Goyenechea

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International Counsel
alejandra.goyenechea@defenders.org

Alejandra Goyenechea, International CounselAreas of Expertise: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Trade and the Environment in Latin America.

Alejandra's primary focus is CITES and other international trade law issues, with an emphasis on Latin America. She has worked at several international institutions and organizations and has experience in wildlife policy and broader experience in other environmental areas. During her work with the Mexican government she represented the Environmental Enforcement Agency at the international level. She also has interned or worked at the Organization of American States, the UNEP North American office, and the DC law firm Baker Botts.

Alejandra earned her law degree at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico, and came in 2000 to DC to complete a Masters degree, LLM, in International Environmental Law, at the Washington College of Law at American University, with a Fullbright scholarship.

She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.

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