Title and Organization:
For the last 20 years, I have split my professional work between academia and politics. I have worked as a university professor and researcher in the fields of human rights and gender studies, and I have coordinated several academic programs for young people. I have a law degree from Nicaragua's Central American University and a master's degree in political science from Arizona State University as a Fulbright recipient. I have been a Fellow of the Central American Leadership Institute since 2013.
I am also a Nicaraguan feminist, human rights and political activist, defending human rights and freedom in Nicaragua. Starting in 2012, most of my time has been dedicated to politics. Between 2012 and 2017 I was president of the progressive political party UNAMOS. When the "civic rebellion" began in April 2018, I dedicated myself fully to be part of the pacific civic resistance in the face of ever-growing State-sponsored repression. In June of 2021, I was illegally arrested, tried and imprisoned along with many others, including seven potential presidential candidates and other leaders. I was held in solitary confinement for 20 months. In February of 2023, along with 221 other political prisoners, the Nicaraguan government released me from prison, deported me into exile in the U.S. and stripped me of my nationality and legal identity.