Natalie Southwick and Carlos Martínez de la Serna

Natalie Southwick is CPJ’s Latin America and the Caribbean program coordinator. Prior to joining CPJ, she was a member of Witness for Peace's international accompaniment team in Bogotá, Colombia, a reporting specialist with ACDI/VOCA's Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Program, and the editor of a website focused on Latin American news. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Reporter, and InSight Crime, RioOnWatch.

Carlos Martinez de la Serna is CPJ's program director. Prior to CPJ, he worked as a reporter and digital journalist in the U.S., Spain, and Japan, covering issues including current affairs, biomedical research, and North Korea’s nuclear program. He is a founding member of the mapping startup Carto, co-founder of the nonprofit organization porCausa, and a former director of digital innovation at Univision News. Follow him on LinkedIn.

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