Brigitte Gynther – Program and Research Coordinator

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Brigitte Gynther is currently SOA Watch’s Program and Research Coordinator. She first joined SOA Watch in 2012 as a human rights accompanier in Honduras, where she documented human rights violations and accompanied human rights organizations and social movements.  Brigitte has also coordinated SOAW’s human rights work, particularly efforts to advance justice for Berta Caceres.

Prior to SOA Watch, Brigitte was the Co-Coordinator of Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida, where she coordinated national religious organizing in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).  Brigitte has a degree in Anthropology and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is the 2009 recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.

Lulu Matute – Organizing Coordinator

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Lulu first joined SOA Watch in 2017 as a student delegate during that year’s Border Encuentro in Nogales Arizona/Sonora. In her capacity with the organization, she works with a wide network of academics, artists, and community leaders to organize educational events and projects relating to the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, hemispheric militarization, and immigration policies. She’s an EMT-B Search and Rescue specialist in Northern California national parks and a humanitarian aid volunteer at the U.S./Mexico border (California/Baja, Arizona/Sonora). Lulu graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies with a research focus on contemporary migration from Central America and the subsequent criminalization and incarceration of asylum-seekers at the US/Mexico border. She’s a recipient of the Robert and Colleen Haas Scholars Award.

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