Ariela Ruiz Caro, (Peruvian), is an economist from the Humboldt University of Berlin with a master’s degree in Economic Integration processes from the University of Buenos Aires. She is an international consultant on issues of trade, integration and natural resources in ECLAC, Latin American Economic System (SELA), Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), among others. She was an official of the Andean Community between 1985 and 1994 and advisor to the Commission of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR between 2006 and 2008. She is a columnist for the Americas Program.
Diego González, (Argentinian) nació en Villa Adelina, Argentina. En 2006 arrancó un viaje rumbo a México y Cuba por tierra que duró casi dos años. En ese viaje cubrió las elecciones presidenciales en Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Colombia y Venezuela. Así se especializó en geopolítica. En 2008 se mudó a Bolivia, donde trabajó como freelance para diferentes medios. Pasó un par de años trabajando como periodista en Bonn y Moscú. Fue columnista de diferentes programas en Nacional Rock (FM 93.7) y Radio Nacional (AM 870) y trabajó en la Deutsche Welle (DW) alemana. Participó del documental “Mi patria desconocida” (Mein fremdes Land) para la televisión alemana y dirigió junto a Julia Muriel Dominzain el documental “Antes del golpe, diálogos con Evo Morales” y varias series de podcasts. Es sociólogo y periodista y da clases. Su instagram es diegon.ok
Carmen Rodríguez, (El Salvador-U.S.), is an accredited international correspondent in Washington DC, writing on immigration, Central America, the impact of US policy in the region and violence against women. She writes for La Prensa Gráfica, Anadolu de Turquía, Radio Mega Latino/Alberta, Canadá and the Americas Program. She has also contributed to canal Estrella TV Los Angeles, Canal 9 Buenos Aires and Latino Village in Buffalo, NY. She has written for the Americas Program since 2014.
Irma A. Velasquez Nimatuj, (Guatemalan) is a Maya-K’iche’ journalist and indigenous right activist who holds a Doctorate in Social Anthropology. She is a regular columnist for the Americas Program.
Jessica Islas, (Honduras) is a journalist, author, researcher and co-founder of Feminists in Resistance in Tegucigalpa. She writes a column for the Americas Program on Honduras, democratization and gender issues in the region.
Simon Schatzberg, (United States) graduated from Knox College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and is currently finishing his Masters in Journalism and Latin America at New York University. He was an Americas Program intern 2013 and currently works as a reporter and translator. He writes for the program on Mexican politics, U.S. policy and the drug war
Alfredo Acedo, (Mexican) is a journalist and researcher on issues of agriculture, environment and climate change. He was the director of communications for the National Union of Regional Autonomous Peasant Organizations and writes for the Americas Program on agriculture, food sovereignty and farmer organization, biodiversity and climate change from the border state of Sonora.
Nidia Bautista, (United States) holds a Masters in Communications from NYU and works in the Los Angeles area where she grew up as a freelance journalist. She was an intern and managing director of the Americas Program in Mexico City. Nidia has led youth development projects in the US and Mexico and has organized with Latin American solidarity organizations. She writes for the Program about student protest, immigration, women and transborder social movements.
William Hartung, (United States) is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and an Advisor to the Security Assistance Monitor. He is a columnist for the Americas Program on issues of military aid and policy.
Raúl Zibechi, (Uruguay) is an international analyst for Brecha of Montevideo, Uruguay, lecturer and researcher on social movements at the Multiversidad Franciscana de América Latina, and adviser to several social groups. He focuses on the South America region and issues of autonomy and grassroots movements. He wrote the monthly “Zibechi Report” for the Americas Program.
Orsetta Bellani was born in Italy and has been living and traveling in Latin America for decades. She has a degree in communications and international relations, and works as a freelance journalist. She writes on indigenous and human rights issues for the Americas Program.
Marco Antonio Martínez García, Mexico, is a reporter specializing in politics and environment topics. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has 15 years experience in journalism, in the newspapers Reforma, El Economista, El Universal and El Centro. He has also collaborated with the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, and the magazine Chilango. He writes on environmental issues and human rights for the Americas Progam.
Kent Paterson, US-Mexico, is a freelance journalist who covers the southwest of the United States, the border region and Mexico and director of Frontera Norte-Sur. He is a regular contributor to the Americas Program.
Marta Sanchez Soler, Mexico, is a binational (Mexico-USA) migrant’s rights advocate and activist, founding member and executive director of Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano. She is a member of MIREDES International, Parlamento Migrante, Migrants Rights International, Red de Defensores de Derechos Humanos, LULAC, and promotes integration of struggles throughout the American Continent. She has translated and written for the Americas Program for years.
Lindsey Hoemann/ translator, interpreter and political scientist based between Mexico City and Boston, focusing on language justice and migration. She has led workshops on migration, U.S. policy and human rights and is currently developing a popular education curriculum for capacity building among Náhuatl-speaking community interpreters. She holds an M.A. Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science, Spanish, and Latin American Studies.
The Americas Program relies on a network of volunteer researchers from around the world. These individuals share of their time and expertise and make it possible for our small program to produce cutting-edge analysis on a weekly basis.
Nayeli Montero Rodriguez: Nayeli currently lives in Mexico City where she works in government. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico, and a Master’s in International Studies in Security from Birmingham University in the U.K. She was Program Assistant at the Americas Program in 2010 and continues to collaborate on research and writing and relations. She has worked and lived in Ireland and the United Kingdom and speaks English, French and Spanish.