Helena earned an LLB and a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad de Los Andes. Before joining the Dejusticia team, she worked in diverse projects in Revista Semana, including Reconciliación Colombia, where she published articles on transitional justice and reparation for the victims of the armed conflict.
Her work has focused on the promotion and defense of environmental democracy, especially as related to extractive industries. She has also worked on issues of land planning, climate change, and other environmental issues related to the peace agreement.