Nicaragua Program Legal Field Officer
Lottie Cunningham, an experience lawyer and trainer and member of the Miskito indigenous community, has played a leading role in the struggle for autonomy of the communities of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. As the IHRLG Legal Field Officer in Puerto Cabezas, Ms. Cunningham conducts human rights training for indigenous and community leaders, women, and NGOs on the subjects of human rights, the autonomy statute, domestic violence, family law and conflict resolution. She also teaches International Law and Human Rights at the Urracan University.
Prior to joining IHRLG, Ms. Cunningham was appointed as public prosecutor in 1995 for the North Atlantic Autonomous Region, and provided training to community human rights promoters in addition to her official duties. During law school in Managua in 1990-1994, she worked as a legal consultant for the Centro Integral a La Mujer y Familia providing legal advice and assistance to poor women in domestic and child abuse cases. Ms. Cunningham was Director of the Ministry of Health for the indigenous populations of the Rio Coco in 1987-1988 during their return to the lands from which they has been forced. She was charged with rebuilding the primary and secondary health care systems. She worked as a nurse from 1981-1984 in a number of senior posts in the Ministry of Health in the Atlantic Coast, administering primary health programs and conducting training for health leaders and midwives in rural and indigenous resettlement camps relocated because of the war.