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Executive Director

Email: d***@***.org
Monteverde Institute
34 Cherry Lane
Amherst , Massachusetts 01002
United States

Company Description: We are an international education & research center committed to study abroad, applied research & community service based in Costa Rica. A Costa Rican non-profit...   more
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  • conservation biology
    Duke University
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Debra Hamilton is a long time member of the Monteverde community, a past board member of the Monteverde Institute and current collaborator. Debra started her professional life in accounting, computer programming, and business management. Feeling the need to contribute to society and the environment in a different manner, she changed careers to study conservation biology at Duke University. She came to Monteverde in 1993 to investigate the use of windbreaks as possible micro-corridors that forest dwelling birds would require in order to move throughout the landscape. This was the first of her investigations and publications regarding birds and conservation. As a result of research on the decline of the Three-wattled Bellbird, Debra and colleagues founded the Fundación Conservacionista Costarricense (FCC) to protect and restore habitat on the Pacific slope of Monteverde (and she owns and operates Librería Chunches as a funding source for herself and the Foundation). The FCC has been the leader in reforestation efforts in the Monteverde zone over the last 10 years. Debra believes that the implementation of conservation actions as a result of scientific investigations is critical. With this principle, she hopes to lead the Monteverde Institute in its quest to advance the knowledge of sustainability by focusing on conservation biology and community well-being through education, research, collaboration, and the implementation of significant actions.
Monteverde Institute | Our Team
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Executive Director, Debra Hamilton
Her statement was highly ...
www.gazettenet.com, 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Her statement was highly critical of the Monteverde Institute's executive director, Debra Hamilton, who the student says was preoccupied with legal waivers and pushed her to report the crime to authorities days after the assault. Her statement had called for Hamilton to step down.
"I cannot continue in the knowledge that she has not only not been reprimanded for how she treated me, but that the very people who helped me have been punished instead," she wrote.
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In a detailed statement to the Gazette this week, Hamilton, the Monteverde Institute's executive director, wrote that the institute has already begun a review of its emergency response protocols for sexual assault and hired a crisis management consultant. It plans to form a task force of staff, medical and legal professionals and women's groups to evaluate and revise the institute's emergency response protocols as well as student orientation and staff training.
"The staff and board of the Monteverde Institute are deeply saddened by the events of the past few months," Hamilton wrote. "We are committed to improving; we will share what we learn with our colleagues working in study-abroad programs in hope that they can benefit from our experience."
The task force, she wrote, "will work with each sending school to pinpoint any discrepancies between their protocols, (Monteverde Institute's) protocols and Costa Rican law - and to determine how to resolve them."
Hamilton said the institute shares the goal of ensuring the health and safety of students studying abroad, but cautioned that in the event of a student assault, the requirements of Costa Rican law and its international interpretations, the protocols of U.S.-based sending institutions and the Monteverde Institute, and a student's decision about how to respond may not all be in accordance with one another.
"The situation is not unique to the Monteverde Institute or Costa Rica," wrote Hamilton.
Hamilton did not respond to questions about the victim's allegations of mistreatment and insensitivity on her part. She stated that the institute stands behind its policy of supporting students with a range of services, including medical, psychological and legal help in Costa Rica.
"Based on student feedback, we are considering how we and the sending schools orient students before and upon arrival in Costa Rica," Hamilton wrote in a statement on behalf of the institute. "We are also considering adjustments to the policy of how we allow college students to 'check-out' from the institute's supervision to travel to other parts of the country. We are working to ensure the MVI staff are prepared to launch a coordinated team response to a crisis situation."
She wrote that the institute has already identified "gray areas" in the procedures outlined by sending schools regarding international protocols and interpretations of Title IX, the federal regulation that provides legal protections for U.S. students, including victims of sexual assaults.
"Some sending school protocols, generally developed for use in the U.S., don't necessarily provide guidance for all situations or anticipate the complexities of circumstances in a different country," Hamilton wrote.
Her statement was highly ...
www.recorder.com, 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Her statement was highly critical of the Monteverde Institute's executive director, Debra Hamilton, who the student says was preoccupied with legal waivers and pushed her to report the crime to authorities days after the assault. Her statement had called for Hamilton to step down.
"I cannot continue in the knowledge that she has not only not been reprimanded for how she treated me, but that the very people who helped me have been punished instead," she wrote.
...
In a detailed statement to the Gazette this week, Hamilton, the Monteverde Institute's executive director, wrote that the institute has already begun a review of its emergency response protocols for sexual assault and hired a crisis management consultant. It plans to form a task force of staff, medical and legal professionals and women's groups to evaluate and revise the institute's emergency response protocols as well as student orientation and staff training.
"The staff and board of the Monteverde Institute are deeply saddened by the events of the past few months," Hamilton wrote. "We are committed to improving; we will share what we learn with our colleagues working in study-abroad programs in hope that they can benefit from our experience."
The task force, she wrote, "will work with each sending school to pinpoint any discrepancies between their protocols, (Monteverde Institute's) protocols and Costa Rican law - and to determine how to resolve them."
Hamilton said the institute shares the goal of ensuring the health and safety of students studying abroad, but cautioned that in the event of a student assault, the requirements of Costa Rican law and its international interpretations, the protocols of U.S.-based sending institutions and the Monteverde Institute, and a student's decision about how to respond may not all be in accordance with one another.
"The situation is not unique to the Monteverde Institute or Costa Rica," wrote Hamilton.
Hamilton did not respond to questions about the victim's allegations of mistreatment and insensitivity on her part. She stated that the institute stands behind its policy of supporting students with a range of services, including medical, psychological and legal help in Costa Rica.
"Based on student feedback, we are considering how we and the sending schools orient students before and upon arrival in Costa Rica," Hamilton wrote in a statement on behalf of the institute. "We are also considering adjustments to the policy of how we allow college students to 'check-out' from the institute's supervision to travel to other parts of the country. We are working to ensure the MVI staff are prepared to launch a coordinated team response to a crisis situation."
She wrote that the institute has already identified "gray areas" in the procedures outlined by sending schools regarding international protocols and interpretations of Title IX, the federal regulation that provides legal protections for U.S. students, including victims of sexual assaults.
"Some sending school protocols, generally developed for use in the U.S., don't necessarily provide guidance for all situations or anticipate the complexities of circumstances in a different country," Hamilton wrote.
According to her letter, the ...
dailycollegian.com, 12 Feb 2014 [cached]
According to her letter, the director of the Monteverde Institute, Deborah Hamilton, forced the student to sign legal waivers and report the assault, telling the victim that it was her "legal obligation" to do so.
In Costa Rica, only the victim of a crime has the right to report that crime, but he or she is under no legal obligation to do so, according to a document released by the Pan American Health Organization.
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