Class of 2019

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Tipa Attasivanon

Specializations: Government

Tipa is from Thailand. She received a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue her degrees abroad. Prior to Georgetown, Tipa was the first Thai student to obtain an undergraduate degree in International Relations from La Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

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Amanda Chatupron-Lacayo

Specializations: Immigration, Transnational / Organized Crime

Amanda is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in San Jose, Costa Rica and Andover, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in both International Affairs and Spanish. At GW, Amanda performed extensive research on literature about military dictatorships, specifically in Chile and Argentina, culminating in a thesis written entirely in Spanish.

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Laura Cossette

Specializations: Conflict Resolution and Human Rights

Laura was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in a little town right outside of it. She attended Soka University of America for her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. During her undergraduate career Laura had the opportunity to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for two weeks to learn about the Dirty War and children’s rights.

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Daniela Forero Benavides

Specializations: Conflict Resolution & Human Rights, Gender & Development

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia. Bio: Daniela Forero Benavides received her BA in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes where she focused on International Relations and Colombian Politics. While studying her BA she completed a minor in Journalism and interned at…

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Javier Ochoa

Specializations: Immigration; human trafficking; organized crime

Javier is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has also recently acquired Italian citizenship. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Legal Translation from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2013 and immediately after graduating began working as a Visa Assistant at the Consulate of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

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Catalina Rodríguez

Specializations: Education and Health

Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica/ Tegucigalpa, Honduras Catalina is originally from Costa Rica but always lived in Honduras. She majored in International Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a Certificate in International Development. She is now pursuing…

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Christopher Valdes

Specializations: Illicit economies, organized crime, immigration

Chris grew up in Hampton Roads, Virginia and then went on to study Psychology and Latin American History at Virginia Tech.  After spending a semester studying development at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, he decided to return to Latin America after graduation.