Brigitte Gynther – Latin America Liaison
Brigitte Gynther started with SOAW as an activante, first as a human rights accompanier in Honduras and subsequently with SOA Watch’s Stories of Honduras project. She has accompanied human rights organizations, social movements, and others standing up for justice following the 2009 SOA-graduate led coup in Honduras, which ushered in an era of widespread repression and assassinations of those who speak out. In 2014, Brigitte began working with SOA Watch as the Latin America Liaison. Brigitte has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and is the 2009 recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Candice Camargo – Development Coordinator
Candice is a Los Angeles-born activist living in Bogotá. She has spent the last decade supporting and accompanying nonviolent grassroots movements demanding social and environmental justice in the Americas. Prior to joining the SOA Watch staff collective as the Development Coordinator, she was the Executive Director of FOR Peace Presence and worked with Witness for Peace in Colombia. Candice graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Dévora González – Field Organizer
Dévora González is a mother to a wonderful little human named Tlecuiani. She is a Salvadoran-Guatemalan, descendent of Pipil and Mayan peoples, woman and mother that was born and raised in Los Angeles to migrant parents that found refuge in the city. Being raised in a Central American community, the political and historical knowledge she gathered stemmed from oral history and narratives of migration from her family, friends, and community. The gaps in her understanding led her to California State University, Northridge where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Central American Studies and Psychology and felt empowered to create positive change in her community.
Aware of the anti-migrant sentiment, structural border conditions that fueled deaths at the desert, and feeling a strong connection to the communities forced to migrate to the United States, she relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2012. Since, she has been part of the Missing Migrant Crisis Hotline that was a project of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths, has helped with abuse documentation for the report Deprivation, Not Deterrence by the Guatemala Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project (GUAMAP), and has been active in migrant rights work, resistance, and resilience of Border Communities in the face of militarization.
Eduardo García – Media & Communications Coordinator
Eduardo is an activist and photojournalist born in Mexico City. His work has been focused primarly on the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central American migration, forced disappearance and social movements in Latin America. His work as a researcher and photographer has gotten him involved with the Undocumented Migrant Project of the University of Michigan. Eduardo is also co-founder of the Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico and co-founder of the Militarization in the Americas Research Collective. He studied Political Science at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, with special interest in political philosophy and Latin American Studies. Lalo, as he is known, began working with SOAW as a research consultant and then he helped organizing the first SOA Watch Border Convergence.
María Luisa Rosal – Field Organizer
María Luisa has been an organizer with the SOA Watch staff collective since 2013. She earned her BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and earned her Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A political refugee in the US, Maria Luisa and her family fled Guatemala during the height of the armed conflict after the 1983 disappearance of her father.
Pablo Ruiz – Latin America Coordinator
Pablo is a journalist and was a political prisoner for two years under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Based in Santiago de Chile, Pablo’s work is oriented towards communications work in Latin America, as well as accompaniment and support of allied human rights groups throughout the continent resisting all forms of militarization, including training at SOA/WHINSEC.
Prior to SOA Watch, Pablo worked in Chile with Amnesty International and the Ethical Committee Against Torture.
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