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.
Brigitte Gynther – Program and Research Coordinator
Contact: brigitte @ soaw.org
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 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Lulu Matute – Organizing Coordinator
Lulu is a Chicago-bred, Silicon Valley based organizer working to address the primary root causes of mass migration from Central America. She’s a desert aid Emergency Medical Technician and Search and Rescue specialist providing emergency medical services and humanitarian aid to asylum-seekers traversing through naturally treacherous and hyper-militarized borders. Lulu graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies with a research focus on contemporary mass migration from Honduras and the subsequent criminalization and incarceration of asylum-seeking Hondurans at the US/Mexico border. She’s a recipient of the Robert and Colleen Haas Scholars Award.
Pablo Ruiz – Latin America Networks 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.