Althea Middleton-Detzner (Asociación para Politicas Públicas - IANSA): Althea’s interest in international affairs, human rights, and activism began at at early age when she travelled to Asia and Africa. Between 2003 and 2005 she studied for a BA in International Affairs and Development Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. During her undergraduate studies, Althea spent a semester studying International Development at Centro Internacional para el Medio Ambiente y Salud (CIMAS) in Quito, Ecuador. While living in Quito, Althea worked in the Resettlement Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Althea also spent a semester at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa , which gave her the opportunity to participate as an election observer for South Africa's 2004 presidential elections. After university, Althea joined the staff at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) as the Director of Programs and Services. At the time of her fellowship she was enrolled at Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
On July 1, 2009 Silvia Lagos was shot and killed by her partner in Buenos Aires. Her daughter was also severely injured, surviving several gunshot wounds to her bodyt. This is the first case of armed domestic violence in Argentina that we know of since launching the Disarming Domestic Violence Campaign and it is a tragic reminder of the reality of armed violence in the home faced by women in Argentina and of the importance for launching this campaign in order to end that violence.
I started writing this while sitting in a classroom on the Georgetown campus with my fellow Advocacy Project Fellows during our three-day pre-departure Advocacy Project training while learning the ins and outs of the AP model, how to use our Flip cameras, conduct interviews, edit clips, create voice overs, make a film from start to finish, write a blog, tag photos on AP’s flickr site, create Google sites, and much more! Most of all we were reeling with excitement in eager (and nervous) anticipation of the fellowship adventures we were about to begin.