Coletta A. Youngers has worked with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) since 1987. She monitors, analyzes, and disseminates information on political developments, human rights and U.S. Policy in the Andean region of South America. She travels regularly to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. She has special expertise in U.S. international drug control policy, a subject she has extensively written and spoken publicly on. She has testified before Congress and organized numerous delegations, conferences and seminars on these subjects as well.Before working with WOLA, Ms. Youngers was the Project Manager at the Peru-Chile Office of the Catholic Relief Services from 1985 to 1987, where she developed, monitored and evaluated rural and urban development and human rights projects by Peruvian NGO's. She earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (1985).
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