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Emilie Newton

Specializations: Development economics in regards to natural resource preservation

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California Bachelor of the Arts in International Affairs and Political Science at Lewis and Clark College, studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. She hopes to move back to Latin America in the future and work in an embassy…

R.O. Niederstrasser

R.O. Niederstrasser

Specializations: Conflict resolution and diplomacy

R.O. Niederstrasser is half German and Cuban, originally from Berlin. He is interested in how nations and regions solve conflicts and engage in diplomatic talks. Currently, he is an analyst for several programs at CNN en Español and Junior Fellow to former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Jeffrey DeLaurentis.

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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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Rocio Ortega

Specializations: Gender and development, education and promoting women and girls’ social movements

Rocío graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science & Latin American Studies. Her junior year, Rocío studied abroad at the University of Cordoba in Spain taking comparative politics and explored revolutionary movements between Europe and the Americas.

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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…

Mali Rubin

Mali Rubin

Specializations: Transnational/ Organized Crime, Citizen Security

Mali Rubin is a Washington DC native who remained close to home to obtain her BA at Georgetown University. As an accelerated MA student, Mali will be completing her final year of undergraduate coursework as she begins graduate studies.

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Jessica Spanswick

Specializations: Refugees and Humanitarian Crises

After finishing her BA in International Relations at Augsburg University in 2010, Jessica worked in international and community development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and across the United States. Jessica is passionate about creating a just and dignified process for refugees and immigrants.

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Ana Montañez Torres

Specializations: Political ideology, economy and development of Latin American countries

Ana is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. In 2013, she moved to the United States to finish her undergraduate degree. Ana considers Houston her home here in the States, but she has lived in the District since 2015. Ana earned her Bachelor degree from the University of Houston (Go Coogs!), where she majored in political science.