Meet the Team

Soledad Quartucci | Executive Director
Soledad is the founder of Latina Republic and is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soledad lived the immigrant experience in the US, which shaped her as an advocate for immigrant rights. Her passion for the immigrant experience in the U.S. led her to pursue a PhD in US immigration history. She enjoyed over a decade of her professional career in academia, but was pulled in a new direction when she learned about Friends of OC Detainees through a student. She was immediately inspired to volunteer and visit women held in detention in Orange County. By learning about their struggles and the motives for leaving their home countries in Central and South America, Soledad saw a need to understand and communicate the regional causes that pushed migrants outside their homes. By staying in touch with women who were deported to Central America, Soledad gained insight into local problems and encountered leaders and organizations in Central America that were dedicated to making their communities stronger, safer, and self-reliant. What started as a forum for storytelling in an effort to destroy stereotypes that depict migrants in an inaccurate light, turned into a nonprofit formed to help support courageous leaders and organizations that work hard every day to improve their countries. The study of migrants fleeing to the US, led Soledad to develop an equal passion for advancing the rights of Latinx families in Southern California where the stigma of public charge and a pattern of immigrant single-headed households necessitates action steps, information and local partnership. Soledad is an oral historian with a passion for human rights.

Erika Lim | Board Member
Erika is a first-generation college graduate who is passionate about improving the lives of immigrants. Her senior capstone uncovered and analyzed the lives of a population of undocumented immigrants that many do not know exist; undocumented Asians. The capstone discusses the history of the term undocumented, the history of Asian immigration to the US and to understand and analyze the experience and challenges associated with being an undocumented Asian immigrant. After graduating from Soka University of America with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, Erika went on to serve her nation through AmeriCorps as a FEMA Corps member deploying to three major hurricanes including Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. After completing her service term, she returned to New York City and is currently the Development and Volunteer Manager at Citizens Committee for New York City where she supports the team in fundraising efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers. She has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups and thousands of volunteers to organize volunteer opportunities for fellow New Yorkers to serve their community.

Juan Manuel Henríquez | Board Chair
Juan Manuel Henríquez, is a Chilean professor of mathematics, and as professor of religion and morality. Henríquez obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Management at the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences (UMCE). He took courses in solving mathematical problems at the Complutense University of Madrid, and educational applications at the Catholic University of Chile. Each year he is improving himself in the different areas that make up his professional profile in recognized universities of the country. He is interested in maintaining contact with professionals in education and management; giving and participating in contributions to exchange ideas, and generate projects that can make education a fundamental role in the growth of people. Between 2014 and 2015, he volunteered as a teacher to help admit vulnerable students to higher education. Between 2016 and May 2018, he served as an Academic Coordinator of the EFIES (Training School for Higher Education Income), “Forming Chile” corporation (non-profit). As of June of this year, he is part of the Advisory Board of the same entity. Currently, he works at the Colegio Cumbres de Santiago (since 2005), where today he is head of the department of mathematics of the entity, with high school courses and courses designed to prepare students for admissions exams for higher education.

Allan Quartucci | Treasurer & Secretary
Allan Quartucci has over 20 years of experience in the computer networking hardware industry in Marketing and Web Development. A 1994 B.F.A. graduate of California State University Fullerton, Allan studied graphic design and web development, and has gained additional eCommerce experience over the last five years. A son of a Chemistry teacher father and Piano teacher mother, he is a lifelong resident of Orange County, California. Allan is married to his wife Soledad, and they are the parents of three adult children. Allan also has had the additional role of webmaster for Latina Republic since it’s inception in 2015.

Verónica Quezada | Board Member
Verónica Quezada is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. As Xicana and part of the 1.5 generation, she has always identified with and fought for La Causa, for the immigrants. Her parents were undocumented for a long time, she has witnessed the injustice against and invisibility of this community. Now, she would like to help raise awareness and exalt all the great deeds accomplished by Latinx immigrants in this country. Verónica obtained a doctorate degree in Latin American and Chicanx/ Latinx Literatures from the University of California, Irvine. She is an Assistant Professor at Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, in the Language and Culture Program where she teaches all levels of Spanish and Learning Clusters on Chicanx Studies and other topics.

Jessica Torres | Board Member
Jessica Torres graduated from Soka University of America, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. During this time, she had the opportunity to complete a fieldwork project in Guatemala where she and her classmates studied the environmental impact mining had on local communities and families, while also being in the presence of community leaders who were creating change. It was experiences like these that further inspired her to uplift and empower those whose voices go unnoticed, whether they’re animals or people, her work in advocacy was just beginning. For the years following, she focused on increasing her involvement in the nonprofit sector, which led her to volunteer, intern, and be employed at several organizations throughout Los Angeles. Soon after, she was motivated to continue her education and graduated with her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University. She learned not only the ins and outs of the nonprofit system but also how to create greater impact as a leader. She believes in the value of creating empowered communities, educating others, and creating an inclusive space for all. In doing so, she now works at Families In Schools where she is not only passionate about supporting youth, which can take on many forms, but truly believes in educational equity. Her most current work focuses on raising greater awareness of hard-to-count populations, primarily children 0-5, as part of Families In Schools’ All Children Count Census 2020 Facilitator Trainings. Jessica has experience in development, direct service, humane education, community outreach, programs, and youth mentorship. As a compassionate leader, she strives to build connections through collaborative efforts and create positive experiences for others.

Grant Writer – Responsible Fatherhood Initiative

Katherine Canally | Villanova University
Katherine Canally is a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Political Science. During her time at Villanova, she studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco where she interned at a non-profit that helped enrich students in the local community via education and arts. In Salé, Morocco, Katherine strengthened grant proposals to USAID, and The Bill Gates Foundation. She developed outreach and a growth plan for the Rabat and international community, taught English to and developed lesson plans for students aged 8-32. Katherine has also served as a Medical Volunteer in Léogane, Haiti where she implemented improvements to demographic and medical examination forms after surveying and organizing medical clinics in Haiti. Katherine provided basic medical evaluations to hundreds of Haitian patients under a certified doctor. She has also served as the Massachusetts State House intern, working for Representative Cory Atkins on policy and constituent outreach, specifically in areas of tourism, art, and cultural development. She supported Representative Atkins in a successful re-election bid for November 2014. In One for the World in Villanova, PA, she promoted poverty awareness on campus as a Student Ambassador through tabling and social media outreach. Under the Nourish International in Washington, DC, she organized ventures to fundraise for non-governmental organizations globally and supported a travel team who worked in various countries with communities on sustainable development. For the National Charity League in Middlesex County, MA she volunteers with several charities in the greater Boston area including Access Sports America, Red Cross Food Bank and Open Table. Since joining Latina Republic, Katherine has co-developed the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative including reaching out to community partners, drafting portions of the grant application based on research, and implementing administrative needs via allocation of resources. She identifies funders and drafts grant applications on behalf of nonprofits in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Immigration Writer Internship

Christy Canjura | Notre Dame of Maryland University
Immigrating to the United States from El Salvador at five years old, Christy is devoted to striving towards a society in which immigrants are recognized for who they are beyond a legal status. As a DACA recipient, her experiences cultivated her outlook on the various issues immigrants face and led her on the path to become an immigration lawyer. She is a junior at Notre Dame of Maryland University, majoring in Political Science. Through her studies, Christy has expanded her knowledge on the political climate between the U.S. and Latin American countries by participating in the Washington Model Organizations of American States (OAS). She has also moderated campus-wide debates delving into various beliefs about immigration, including views from the general public and political candidates. Her passion and empathy towards the diverse array of issues immigrants face is evident. Christy believes her experience as an Immigration Writer will assist her to share compelling stories about the meaningful contributions immigrants make in the U.S. Christy is committed to uphold the Latina Republic’s mission to build bridges between the U.S. and Latin American countries with the power of storytelling.

Etti Cooper | Bates College
Etti is a rising junior at Bates College, where she is pursuing a double major in Spanish and biology. She hopes to pursue a career in biology and is passionate about advocating for diversity and equity in the historically white, male dominated STEM field. While not from an immigrant family herself, she was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, a city with a large Latinx immigrant population. As she began to learn Spanish, she began to learn about the challenges faced by immigrants, particularly the population in her hometown. Etti hopes to better understand immigration policy from a legislative perspective as well as amplifying the stories of immigrants. She hopes that her work as an Immigration Writer will allow her to educate others as she continues to educate herself.

Daisy Gonzalez | University of California, Riverside
Daisy Gonzalez is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside studying public policy and education. As a first-generation Mexican-American student, Daisy has witnessed firsthand the inequities of the public education system and the challenges students of color face navigating these institutions. Because of this, she has always been interested in learning about education reform along with the critical action needed to ensure educational equity and achievement. She is passionate about combating education issues such as unequal redistribution of resources, the integration of diverse curriculum, effective teacher preparation programs, and other issues affecting the experiences for students of color. Daisy hopes to pursue a career in education policy to uplift the narratives of underrepresented students and advocate for a more equitable, supportive, and empowering learning experience. As an immigration writer, Daisy hopes to uncover stories that display the uncertainties undocumented students endure, which are oftentimes neglected when having conversations centered on education reform. She hopes that through her stories policymakers, school districts, and the general public can gain a better understanding of their experiences and inspire multilateral support for these students.

Natalia Johnson | University of Minnesota
Natalia is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a double major in Spanish and sociology. Although she was born and raised in the US, Natalia is a bicultural woman who has had the privilege of traveling to Costa Rica to visit her mother’s side of the family. She has used her Spanish language abilities working as a translator for the Volunteer Lawyers Network and as a National Asylum Help Line Responder at the Advocates for Human Rights, experiences that instilled in her a passion for social justice and immigrant advocacy. Natalia is a firm believer in empathy and the power of communication. As an Immigration Writer, she hopes to bring immigrant experiences into the national narrative and will use her platform to spotlight organizations that provide hope during these extremely difficult times.

Valeria Lopez | University of California, Riverside
Valeria is a junior pursuing a major in Political Science/Law and Society with a minor in international relations. Coming from two immigrant parents who were born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, she has seen first hand the hardships immigrants face when moving to America. Seeing the difficulties immigrants deal with on a daily basis in America, it has inspired her to pursue a career as an immigration and civil rights lawyer. She has a passion for fighting for the rights of not only immigrants but for individuals who face racial and social injustices. She wishes to raise awareness about immigration issues such as the inhumane conditions children and adults experience in detention camps as well as helping families attain their documents to be able to work and live in the U.S. In the future she would like to start a charity that helps immigrant families overcome the difficulties that come along with living in a foreign country that is not always welcoming to immigrants. Valeria hopes that her work as an immigration writer will allow her to spread the stories of immigrants and that her career in immigration and civil rights law will allow her to create change for the Latino immigrant community.

Aditi Mittal | Georgetown University
Aditi is a rising junior at Georgetown University. As an Economics major with minors in Government and Justice & Peace Studies, she has always been interested in the economic and political determinants of global migration. Aditi has participated in and led a university-sponsored immersion program to Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico that has allowed her to directly explore the complexities of Latinx migration and understand the realities of immigrant life at the United States’ southern border. This experience has driven her passion to advocate for the migrant justice movement and support efforts that provide humanitarian assistance to migrants. Aditi hopes that her work as an Immigration Writer will amplify the voices of immigrants who are often neglected in national conversations and, ultimately, create actionable change.

Daniel Tepler | Bates College
My name is Daniel Tepler, from Bridgeport, CT. I am a rising Senior at Bates College where I study Politics, though I recently spent a semester in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico where I studied Mexico-US relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. I am currently completing virtual interviews with ex-US migrants in Oaxaca for a journal article which explores the role of return migration on local electoral politics in Mexican sending communities. By listening to immigrants with fascinating stories of ingenuity and resilience, I began to appreciate personal storytelling as a tool to highlight the human impact of national immigration politics. In my work for Latina Republic, I hope to highlight captivating narratives of immigrant contribution to society and, in doing so, engender greater compassion for immigrants living in the US.

Laura Vences | Claremont McKenna College
Laura is a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College majoring in Government with a sequence in Legal Studies. Laura first began to understand the immigrant experience in the U.S. through the stories of her two Mexican immigrant parents and other relatives. Those stories were not only instrumental in sparking Laura’s commitment to immigration work, but also in her appreciation for storytelling. In an effort to continue spreading awareness of the immigrant experience, Laura embarked on a summer-long research project to better understand the intersection of immigration, labor, and Latinos across the country. Bringing together anecdotes of nine people she met during her travels into a short story, she was able to bring together both investigative research, real stories, and creative story telling. As an Immigration Writer for Latina Republic, she looks forward to continuing to shine a light on the Latino immigrant experience in these ways, both in her local community in Southern California, as well as communities across the U.S.

Family Resource Specialist Internship

Karla Martinez | UC Davis
I enjoy writing historical fiction, teaching/learning and building community with others. A perfect day for me is sitting under a tree at my grandfather’s vineyards in Zacatecas in the summer, reading Eduardo Galeano’s Children of the Days, while drinking a chai tea. I am interested in understanding diverse ways of knowing, understanding and interacting with the world and using those epistemologies to grapple with environmental issues. I enjoy watching abstract or experimental films, I love world music, I want to have my own band that is not genre specific when I finish school. I am first generation Xicana, I am queer and identify as a female. I was raised in the Eastern Coachella Valley but moved all across the state, in the summers, I was raised by my paternal grandparents in Zacatecas ,Mexico. I am family oriented and my hero is my younger sister who dances her heart away to the beat of her own drum. I am the oldest of 4. Justice is important for me, economic justice, environmental justice, social justice, and racial justice. I want to see a world that does not value profit over people, a world that respects the earth. What’s important to me is that we work collectively to achieve fulfilling lives by any means necessary.

Latin American Correspondent Internships

Dashiell Allen | Reed College
Dashiell is a senior at Reed College studying Latin American and Peninsular Spanish literature. He is currently writing a thesis on the literary and political production of the Frente de Liberación Homosexual in Argentina during the 1970s and is interested in studying feminist and LGBTQ+ movements in Latin America. At Latina Republic, Dashiell intends to elevate the voices of activists and organizers that work to promote human rights and immigrant rights throughout Mexico. He is excited to contribute to the organization’s mission of breaking stereotypes and bringing attention to underreported stories throughout Latin America.

Dana Carreno | Johns Hopkins University
My name is Dana Carreno and I’m a rising junior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. Born in New Jersey and now living in North Carolina, I’m the daughter of two Peruvian immigrant parents. As an undergrad, I enjoy applying my skills to new public health and healthcare opportunities, particularly those focused on promoting diversity in the workplace, and improving minority access to health and educational resources. For this reason, I’m interested in working with Latina Republic to research non-profit organizations working to eliminate health and education inequalities in Peru and neighboring countries. I’m excited to learn more about Latina Republic’s work and to contribute to the formation of new partnerships with individuals and groups in Latin America.

Jennifer Collao | Claremont McKenna College
Jennifer is a rising senior at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in International Relations and Film Studies. Her interest in Latin American politics and migration studies stem from her experiences as a Peruvian immigrant living in New York City. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jennifer has conducted investigative research projects in Peru and Argentina regarding intra-regional migration, transnational practices, and women migrants. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to combine her passion for politics and film to pursue a career in digital journalism. As a Latin American Correspondent, she is excited to contribute to an organization that values storytelling and promotes awareness of human rights issues in Latin America.

Dani Garcia | Pitzer College
Daniela García is a rising junior at Pitzer College majoring in Critical Global Studies with a minor in Foreign Languages. She was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District to two immigrant parents from Jalisco, México. Daniela is passionate about issues related to human rights, sustainable development, and social justice throughout the Global South. As a Latin American correspondent for Ecuador, El Salvador, and Brazil, she hopes to explore how local communities are building power and responding to current challenges. In addition, she aims to highlight the stories of women, afro-descendants, LGBTQ+ and indigenous communities in these regions, while building transnational solidarity and connections.

Kenia Garcia-Ramos | Pomona College
Kenia is a rising sophomore at Pomona College, where she is double majoring in ChicanX-LatinX Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Born and raised in Southern California’s Inland Empire, Kenia is the proud daughter of two Mexican immigrants. Her father, from Tepic, Nayarit, and her mother, from Apatzingán, Michoacán, taught her to always honor her roots and brazenly embrace her Xicana identity. In her research, Kenia is most interested in unpacking the framework of ChicanX-LatinX caretaking, within nuanced spheres and contexts. As a Latin American Correspondent, she plans to champion gender-focused and feminist issues, creating space for some of Latin America’s most overlooked livelihoods and narratives to be uplifted. Kenia could not be more excited to contribute to Latina Republic by working in tandem with individual folx and NGO’s to (re)count their stories, as every voice deserves a place to be heard.

Zenia Grzebin | Wake Forest University
Zenia is a rising Junior at Wake Forest University who is pursuing majors in Politics and International Affairs & Spanish as well as a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Zenia became interested in Latin American and Spanish Studies through her travels to Costa Rica and Spain. In the summer of 2019, she conducted research on international relations and Spanish domestic politics for La Asosiación Profesional de Sociología de Castilla y León. On campus, Zenia is active in organizations such as Project Pumpkin and HerCampus as well as a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. She is looking forward to working with Latina Republic to amplify marginalized voices and learn more about issues affecting Latin America.

Maria Hernandez Pinto | Pitzer College
Maria is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Foreign Languages at Pitzer College, where she is a rising junior. Born in Guatemala to Colombian parents, Maria has always been deeply invested in Latin American issues. She is passionate about Latin American politics, human rights, and community development. She is looking forward to using storytelling as a tool for advocacy while writing about Ecuador, Guatemala, and Venezuela as a Latin American Correspondent. Maria is excited to highlight and learn from the important work being done by local organizations in the region and hopes to bring Latin American voices to the forefront.

Jordan Hopp | University of San Francisco
Jordan is a rising senior at the University of San Francisco. As a Sociology major and a Latin American Studies minor, Jordan is constantly striving to immerse himself within diverse environments in which he may learn about the various issues and obstacles that individuals face within modern society. Jordan has participated in two university-sponsored immersion programs,in which he has studied issues of transnational migration, street children, and human sex trafficking in both Puebla, Mexico and Lima, Peru. Jordan is particularly interested in the presence of violence, the effects of migration, gender inequalities, and grassroots movements of social change within Latin America. He hopes that his work as a Latin American Correspondent will provide him with an incredible opportunity to implement his passions for community outreach, social justice, and humanitarian aid on a global scale, and shine light on the lives of individuals whose experiences are often neglected.

Oriana LoCicero | Bates College
Oriana is a recent graduate of Bates College with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Dance. She was co-raised by her mother, who was born in Puerto Rico, and her Argentine grandmother. At the age of seven, her family relocated to Argentina for three years. Passionate storytelling was a core aspect of how her grandmother raised her, painting pictures in her mind of Buenos Aires in the sixties and her arrival to the U.S. as an immigrant. As Oriana grew older, her grandmother recounted stories of Los Desaparecidos. This was one of the first times that Oriana identified the power of stories to humanize human rights issues. During her junior year in college Oriana studied abroad in Barranquilla, Colombia where she heard stories everyday on the bus to school from Venezuelan immigrants describing the reality they live in. In her classes, she learned about the unjust history of the Indigenous population and later visited various Indigenous reservations where she was confronted with how the history continues to play out until present day. These experiences deepened her understanding of how personal stories allow the reality of the injustice to have a stronger impact. Oriana is motivated to work with Latina Republic to provide a platform for individual stories to be heard, so we can better understand, empathize, and be motivated to take action in human rights issues.

Jeysa Martinez | Pomona College
Jeysa is a rising sophomore at Pomona College where she is double majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies. Jeysa was born and raised in The Bronx in New York City, to two immigrants from the Dominican Republic who from early on helped her become enamored with her Caribbean identity. As a Latin American Correspondent, Jeysa anticipates to highlight the lives and struggles of Latinx individuals in the Caribbean, particularly Afro-Latinx individuals, who face immense erasure within our community. In doing so, she hopes to challenge the flawed concept that is known as “Latinidad”, and bring more awareness to the social issues impacting our most vulnerable communities in Latin America. Jeysa is incredibly excited for the opportunity to make these important contributions to Latina Republic and to engage in non-profit work through her love of writing.

Lydia Millhon | Wake Forest University
Lydia Millhon is in her final year at Wake Forest University pursuing a major in Spanish with concentrations in interpreting and translation/localization and two minors in Latin American Studies and Politics and International Affairs. Born in Columbus, OH, Lydia always found ways to get involved with community outreach programs. Lydia’s humanitarian experience ranges from tutoring Spanish speaking children to participating in local projects to raise awareness of the U.S. Immigration Crisis and creating a bilingual portfolio for incoming Spanish speaking individuals and families with a local non-profit organization, Columbus Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). Throughout her Wake Forest career, Lydia has taken advantage of various study abroad opportunities including two summers in Cuba studying Cuban art and literature and a semester in Salamanca, Spain studying the language, politics, and literature. Lydia strives to combine her passions for cultural studies, especially with visual arts, into all of her projects and curriculum. Aside from her fascination and participation in modern dance, Lydia has experience in theatrical, instrumental, and poetic performances cross-culturally. As a part of the Latina Republic Correspondent position, Lydia hopes to further her studies in social issues such as immigration, human rights concerns, and state violence as well as other significant cultural topics including visual arts, environmental action, and local businesses. In pursuit of global human connection, Lydia hopes to unite Latin America with and open the eyes of those around the world.

Alfredo Eladio Moreno | Pomona College
Alfredo is a second year student at Pomona College studying Latin American Studies. Although he has a profound background in medicine and chemistry, Alfredo hopes to nurture his knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean, and possibly mix both disciplines. He seeks to combine his passion for history and advocacy by drawing on his natural talents of storytelling and helping people realize their full potential. As a Latin American Correspondent, Alfredo is not only excited to write compelling narratives and forge long-lasting friendships, but also inspired to create actionable change through non-profit work.

Sofia Munoz | Scripps College
Sofia is a rising junior at Scripps College pursuing a major in Politics with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Foreign Languages. Raised in Silver Spring, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C., she is the daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. Her interest in Latin American politics stems from her connection to her family’s culture and her experience living in Brazil. She is interested in exploring the different sides of international development work and looking at the ways local people and organizations impact their communities. As a Latin American correspondent, Sofia is excited to delve into the unique stories and passion that fuels the work being done to address inequality, human rights, and community development.

Gaby Sierra | Wake Forest University
Gaby is a rising Junior at Wake Forest University who is majoring in Politics with a minor in Economics. Born in Houston, Texas, Gaby’s parents are immigrants from Honduras, somewhere she returns to, frequently. As a result, she has maintained a close and valued connection to her Honduran origins. Throughout her life, she has had the opportunity to live in countries within Asia, Europe, North and South America. Particularly impactful was her family’s residence in Venezuela from 2016 to 2019, through which she was able to witness the devastating impacts of the Maduro regime. This experience ignited a passion for advocacy against the human rights violations and other injustices many regularly endure in the country, matters which Gaby hopes to emphasize further through her work with Latina republic. At Wake Forest, Gaby is actively involved in the Intersectional Feminist Collective, a group which aims to address as well as counter any sexist policies and mindsets on campus. With Latina Republic, she looks forward to reporting and learning more about stories not typically addressed in more mainstream media.

Ciara Sotomayor | Wake Forest University
Now in her last year at Wake Forest University, Ciara is completing her studies in Politics & International Affairs, as well as Spanish. Her interest in international politics stems from her experiences living in different cultures as a military dependent and her family’s connection to Puerto Rico. While on campus, she involved herself in the surrounding community as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a coeducational community service fraternity and as a staff writer for the student newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. In 2019, she received the Richter Scholarship to investigate the effects of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico and studied the Spanish language and politics in Salamanca, Spain. Always a lover of storytelling, she is excited to be a Latin American Correspondent to develop understanding of human rights in Latin America and participate in journalistic advocacy to highlight the efforts being made to protect them. After graduation, she hopes to continue supporting community efforts towards development by broadening the types of narratives told about Latin America in the rest of the world.

International Consultants

Bernardo Méndez Lugo | Mexico
A Mexican Diplomat retired, he has been executive director of Promigrant Foundation based in Mexico City since March 2017, with a worldwide network of volunteers in more than 100 cities. He was founder Professor at Universidad Autónoma Metrópolitana Xochimilco campus and did teaching & research for 20 years. In 1990, he joined the Mexican Foreign Service and was Consul in Montreal, Atlanta, San Francisco, Tucson, San Salvador and Chicago. He has published hundreds of articles and coauthored more than ten books and has been international Consultant for UN PAHO-WHO for public health, World Bank, OECD and UNIDO. He has delivered courses, workshops and lectures in many countries and Mexico. He is currently giving lectures on Covid-19 and international migration.

Maribel Justina Moya | El Salvador
My name is Maribel Justina Moya. I am 62 years old. I have four children and eight grandchildren. I live in a community called Asuchio, in the municipality of Zaragoza, Department of Libertad, El Salvador. It is an organized community that was formed after the armed conflict and the 1991 peace accords. The community has a Women’s Association, in which I hold the position of president on the board of directors and, in addition, I am president of the Fundación CORDES Association for the period 2019-2021. My work within the CORDES Foundation is more in the part of management and administration and also in the part of institutional management. Within these processes, my work is to guarantee the management and coordination with the other coordinators of programs and projects such as the elderly, the gender unit, the agricultural program, the youth program and the advocacy program. Coordination is carried out with all the community and municipal associations where CORDES has an intervention. For its part, within the community and the women’s association there is a close relationship and alliance with the CRIPDES association and with the communal leadership of the same community. Within all this process and these coordinations I like to seek support for women and the community itself, mainly for agricultural production. We seek to guarantee the food security of families. Along these same lines, in 2013 I organized different community savings groups, in which I sought to generate a saving habit in each person; in such a way that the families can have a new support mechanism, because the members of the groups can use the money to make loans among themselves, which allows them to solve any economic situation of their families. Personally, I am a dynamic person who likes to have her own chickens and hens. I also like agricultural and the growing of corn, and beans.

Luis Enrique Contreras Reyes | El Salvador
Political Analyst for Salvadoran TV and Academic and Opinion Columnist for several newspapers in El Salvador. Consultant in Public, Citizen and Police Security, and Founder and President of PROSEDE Consulting (Protection, Security and Defense) a company that offers consulting services and training in crime prevention and security. From 2005 to 2019, I was an instructor for the National Academy of Public Security (ANSP), a police training institution in El Salvador. Accreditations include, International Certification in Citizen Security, Level III Expert from Costa Rica. International Certification in Police Intelligence Methods, Costa Rica. Criminological Approach and Crime Prevention Training; Certification as a Specialist in Police Tactical Defenses; Diploma in Police Models for the Prevention of Crime and Violence and Research Center for the Prevention of Violence (CIPREVI) Guatemala.

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