Isabel Solis is a Mayan activist who has been working for over 20 years as a grassroots community organizer. Isabel specializes in communal land rights, indigenous rights, the impacts of international extractive industries and defense of human rights. She studied legal and social science at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and joined GHRC in July, 2017 as the Director of our Guatemala City office.
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Jesse Franzblau is a researcher and policy analyst with a background investigating and publishing government archives on U.S. foreign policy and human rights in Latin America. Jesse has worked on human rights documentation projects for the National Security Archive, and assembled archival evidence for lawyers and judges working to advance transitional justice cases within Guatemala, the Inter-American Human Rights Court and in Spain. He has worked closely with human rights defenders in Guatemala and carried out an investigative field assignment in Guatemala’s historical national police archive (AHPN) in 2008. He worked as a consultant with the Open Society Justice Initiative to help develop a report on the right to truth in Guatemala. He has written for The Nation, Al Jazeera, NACLA, Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, Animal Político and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, among other publications. Jesse has a B.A. in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Kathryn Johnson is the Policy Advocacy Coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee and guides the organization’s advocacy on immigration and Latin America. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, supporting human rights defenders, educating the international community, and coordinating a network of activists to demand responsible US policies. She also spent over two years in Guatemala leading delegations and coordinating solidarity efforts with communities struggling for access to land and natural resources with the Guatemala Solidarity Project. She has a B.A. in International Trade and Human Development from Western Washington University and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.
Pat Davis is a writer and long-time human rights activist. She was communications director at GHRC from 1992 to 1998. She left to help write GHRC colleague Sister Dianna Ortiz’s story (The Blindfold’s Eyes, published by Orbis Books in 2002). Pat returned to GHRC as interim director in 2004 and has served on the board at various points throughout the organization’s history. She has written on Guatemala for The Nation, Counter Punch, Common Dreams, and Foreign Policy in Focus. Her work has also been published by the North American Congress on Latin America, the Copenhagen Initiative for Central America and Mexico, and the Center for International Policy.
Jennifer Harbury is a human rights lawyer and activist. She has fought for justice in the case of forced disappearance and torture of her Guatemalan husband, Everardo Bamaca, for over 20 years, and is the author of a number of books including Searching for Everardo: A Story of Love, War, and the CIA in Guatemala (Grand Central Publishing, 1997) and Truth, Torture and the American Way: The History and Consequences of U.S. Involvement in Torture (Beacon Press, 2005).
Lauren Carasik is a clinical professor of law and the director of the international human rights clinic at the Western New England University School of Law. Her areas of interest include international human rights law, specifically focused on human rights and development, transitional justice and corporate accountability.
Alexander Main is Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include US security and counternarcotics policy in Central America and US relations with Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela. He is regularly interviewed by national and international media and his analyses have been published in a variety of outlets including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, NACLA, Dissent, Pagina/12, and the Monde diplomatique. Prior to CEPR, Alex spent more than six years in South America working as a foreign policy analyst and an international cooperation consultant. He holds degrees in history and political science from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
Kit Gage is the former President of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, Former Executive Vice President of National Lawyers Guild, and Former Director of the Defending Dissent Foundation. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Sister Dianna Ortiz is the founder and former Director of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), and author of the book The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth (Orbis Books, 2004).
Sister Alice Zachmann, SSND, is the founder of GHRC and served as Director from 1982-2002.
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