Matthew Bocanumenth recently served as a program associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, where he supported human rights research and advocacy on matters related to Colombia and the US-Mexico border. His work helped monitor Colombia’s peace process with a specialized focus on Afro-descendant, Indigenous, women’s, and LGBTQ+ rights. In 2021, he volunteered with Annunciation House and the Hope Border Institute in El Paso, Texas to help provide a safe, orderly, and humane welcome to thousands of asylum seekers affected by the Remain in Mexico policy.
Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in international and area studies and political science from New College of Florida. His undergraduate thesis examined an urgent issue for the peace process in Colombia and for post-conflict stabilization in general: collectively reintegrating former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia into civil society. Matthew’s research interests include gender-inclusive peacebuilding, transitional justice, and human mobility. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.