Juanita Islas is the Program Manager overseeing the IWMF’s Latin American reporting initiatives. She enjoys working with international and local journalists in the field, and is a diversity and inclusion advocate. Juanita is a first-generation Latina, taco lover, member of the IWMF #bikegang and hails from the beautiful state of California.
Juanita joined the IWMF in November 2015. Raised between Tijuana and Southern California, Juanita has always been drawn to exploring and deconstructing the U.S.-Latin American relationship, especially in regard to immigration, citizen security and border issues. Prior to working at the IWMF, Juanita helped to manage international development projects in Honduras and Colombia for Management Systems International. She also interned for the Woodrow Wilson’s Mexico Institute and the Subdivision for Justice, Security and Governance with the National Planning Department in Bogotá, Colombia.
Juanita holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish.