Ash Kosiewicz

Ash Kosiewicz (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team): Ash graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a dual degree in government and journalism. After graduation, he worked for two years as a child support officer with the Texas Office of the Attorney General. In 2004, he moved to Ecuador, where he lived for 10 months working with a local foundation in Guayaquil to raise funds for a health center project in the rural canton of Santa Lucia. Upon returning from Ecuador, he worked for two years as communicators director with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides legal aid to the poor in the United States. At the time of his fellowship, Ash was studying for a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After his fellowship, Ash wrote: "The AP experience has given me another incredibly impactful experience in Latin America. It has given me an incredible story to tell, one that truly leaves people interested though unsure how to respond. I feel like I’ve gone through some pretty intense stuff, and I’ve come out of it stronger and more aware. I know I can handle tough environments, and work in a fast paced environment."

Countdown to Putis

01 Jun

I spent the few hours preceding our 10:15 p.m. overnight bus to Ayacucho on May 26th busily helping the EPAF staff collect supplies for our three-day excursion to Putis. The EPAF team had begun working at the Putis site on May 17th. Ringing phones, last minute errands, making sure I hadn’t lost my bus ticket – we all were checking our things twice over. We were promised much during the trip: 14 hours in transit, brutally cold nights, little sleep, no showering, very long work days, and possible security issues. By the end of only my fourth full day in Peru, the prospect of seeing a mass grave for the first time in my life the next day coupled with the sudden reported revelation of drug traffickers at the Putis site the night before made me think that more than just the high altitude of the Peruvian highlands would have me catching my breath. Fuerza! (“Strength”!)


Posted By Ash Kosiewicz

Posted Jun 1st, 2008


  • gk

    June 2, 2008


    Awesome! Welcome to Web 2.0!!!!

    Good luck on your trip. Hope to hear how it’s going as soon as you get back online.

  • Caitlin

    June 2, 2008


    It’s one thing to read about your adventures and another to actually see you. I can’t wait for the next installment – I’m hooked! p.s. nice to see your face too.

  • Holly

    June 2, 2008


    Hello Reporter Ashley – you finally made it on Youtube. Congrats. Tell us about your experience in more detail as we are aching to hear your stories and your thoughts. And thanks for clueing me in on Alan Garcia and his actions during the conflict. I actually talked to Alvaro about it and he told me some frightening things. You are my Peru conflict – human rights expert! 🙂

  • John M

    June 3, 2008


    Love the video feature. Y’all should keep doing that.

    Exciting stuff, good luck out there! Keep us posted.

  • Amy Burrows

    June 3, 2008


    very, very, very cool Ash…

  • Deion

    June 21, 2008


    🙂 It’s nice to see your face and to hear your voice again. You’ve just given me some ideas about my blog….hmmm 😛 Oh the possibilities!

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