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UDAPT – Unión de Afectados por Texaco

Quito, Ecuador
Joined November 2017

The UDAPT is based in Ecuador. The legal action is now carried also in other countries of the American continent. There is also a work developed with indigenous communities based in the Amazon.

Presence in: Ecuador
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice

We are the Union of People Affected by Chevron-Texaco – UDAPT, the organization that brings together the communities affected by the contamination of Chevron corporation (known before as Texaco), who in 1993 began the now legendary class-action lawsuit against Chevron for the damages it caused in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon.

UDAPT is made up those who have been directly affected by Chevron Corporation, as part of an ongoing struggle to restore their home of the northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon that has been impacted by severe oil contamination from the corporation’s negligent operations. UDAPT was co-founded by communities belonging to 6 indigenous nationalities (Waorani, Siekopaai, Siona, A’I Kofan, Shuar and Kichwa) and about 80 rural, settler communities in the impacted region.

UDAPT’s mission is to ensure that these Amazon communities live with dignity and without contamination, through exacting corporate accountability for the violation of human rights by Texaco – now Chevron – and remediating the damages it left behind that continue to plague the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is to this end that we are taking various judicial actions in Ecuador and in other countries as the representatives of the affective people and as the defenders of their human rights. We are demanding that Chevron comply with Ecuador’s Supreme Court decision that has already held the oil giant responsible for the damages but also which the corporation has refused to recognize. In addition, we are behind the planning of the remediation process, prepared to implement full reparations for the environmental damage as soon as the judgment is enforced.

People Associated With This Organization

Angela Castillo Monar

UDAPT – Unión de Afectados por... (Unverified)
Joined February 2022
Interests: Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Right to Information
Hola mi nombre es Angela, tengo varios años actuando como jurídico de apoyo en la organización Unión de afectadas y afectados por las operaciones petroleras de Texaco (UDAPT). Trabajo q consiste en dar el acompañamiento legal a los pueblos y nacionalidades indígenas que buscan la protección de sus derechos, los derechos a la Naturaleza y ambiente sano. Se gestiona denuncias ante instituciones administrativas ( ente de control ambiental), denuncias ante los jugados para el reconocimiento de violación de derechos (acciones constitucionales) , denuncias ante la Fiscalía por delitos ambientales. Actualmente me encuentro interesada en aprender a redactar acciones civiles para lograr de alguna manera resarcir los derechos violentado, sin embargo, para litigar en contra de empresas petroleras se necesita fortalecer estrategias de litigación oral, conjuntamente con las técnicas de redacción y argumentación para plantear una acción de esa magnitud. Es por ello que deseo postular y unirme a la red.

Marco Ciot

UDAPT – Unión de Afectados por...
Joined November 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am Marco Ciot. I am from Pordenone (Italy).
I studied Political Science in Trieste and Environmental Development and Cooperation in Torino.
After graduating, I dedicated myself to some volunteering experiences in the field of environmental sustainability, which led me to travel to Italy and around the world.
I worked one year in Brazil, between 2015 and 2016, with rural and indigenous communities of the brazilian's Sertão.
Now I am working in Quito, Ecuador with the association UDAPT - Unión de Afectados de Chevron-Texaco, an association engaged in the legal defense of indigenous people affected by oil mining operations in the northeastern Amazon of Ecuador.
I would like to join Namati network because law and justice are the most important fields of action of the organization in which I am working now. In particular justice issue connected with human rights and environmental reparation, in conflict with corporate impunity.
Marco Ciot is the network champion (main point of contact) for UDAPT – Unión de Afectados por Texaco.

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