Dana Brown comes to USOC with 10 years' experience with US policy towards Latin America. She is a former Director of the Committee on US/Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) and Amnesty International USA Colombia Country Specialist. She also has on the ground experience in Colombia as a Human Rights Accompanier with Peace Brigades International (PBI), and now serves on the Advisory Board of PBI USA. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Cornell University and a Masters in International Relations and Peace Studies from the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina where she was a Rotary World Peace Fellow. She is thrilled to be at USOC and to have the opportunity to work with such distinguished partners in order to promote human rights and sustainable peace in Colombia
Diego Melo is a native Colombian from Bogota, D.C. He attended Macalester College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Latin American studies and researched social policy development in South America with an emphasis on anti-poverty initiatives and welfare legislation. Diego has experience working for community-based non-profit organizations working toward the improvement and mobilization of immigrants and refugees in the U.S., particularly Latinos. He has also participated in several fellowships focused on studying domestic and international public policy, minority group rights in Europe and human rights advocacy.
Tony Figoli serves as the Art Director at Oregon Design Collective--a company he founded in 2004. He holds a BA, with a Fine Art concentration, from Bard College. Since completing his studies in 1993, Tony has worked in the graphic design business focusing on print and web design, as well as programming and web management. In previous lives, he was a taxi driver, house painter, shingler, musician, dishwasher, roofer, sign maker, newspaperman, and typesetter. His many skills are now put to use in the design of beautiful and accessible web-sites for various local and national non-profits, policy organizations and artist collectives. Send Tony an email for a consultation about how to improve your organization's website.
Afro-Colombian woman testifies of her violent displacement during the military incursion "Operation Genesis" in the Urabá region. She saw community members killed and their homes destroyed. She, and other community members, have since decided to return to their land despite the danger they still face.
The U.S. Office on Colombia is an independent non-profit organization, not affiliated with any political party, that seeks to educate U.S. policymakers, the media and the U.S. public about the impact of U.S. policy on Colombia.