WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
3 Apr 2023 | WOLA Statement


WOLA is pleased to welcome two new members to key positions enhancing our communications team: 

Zaida Marquez, WOLA’s Vice President for Communications

Zaida Márquez joins WOLA as our Vice President for Communications and Outreach guiding our overall communications strategies, helping our work reach critical new audiences, and playing a central role in the commemoration of WOLA’s 50th anniversary throughout the next year.  

Milli Legrain, WOLA’s Editorial Director

Milli Legrain joins WOLA in a newly created position of Editorial Director where she will be responsible for coordinating written and multimedia content in English and Spanish as well as positioning the research and advocacy of our team of topnotch experts in the media.

Zaida Márquez comes to WOLA with extensive background as a communications and advocacy strategist in the fields of human rights, peace, security, and international development. Most recently, she led Amnesty International campaigns in the francophone Canada office where she coordinated advocacy and outreach on issues related to Latin America, migration, technology, and developed impactful campaigns focused on systemic racism and migrant detention. Prior to that, she was the Regional Communications and Advocacy Officer at the International Crisis Group where she designed and implemented strategies for their Latin America and Caribbean program.  She has experience working on the ground in Colombia, Peru, and with international projects for USAID, Oxfam, FCDO and the World Food Program.  

Milli Legrain comes to WOLA with 18 years’ experience in journalism and communications in Latin America, Europe and the United States. As a multilingual communications consultant, her recent experience has included work for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the International Institute on Race and Equality, the Due Process of Law Foundation, and the Inter-American Development Bank.  She has reported for The Guardian, Telemundo and Folha de São Paulo and was the Washington Correspondent for Univision during the 2016 presidential elections. She has been a grantee of the Internal Women’s Media Foundation and previously served as Communications Coordinator for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). She grew up in the UK and has lived and worked in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, in addition to Washington, DC. 

“Zaida Márquez and Milli Legrain bring incredible talent and experience to our team,” said WOLA’s President Carolina Jiménez Sandoval. “The challenges to human rights and democracy in this hemisphere are enormous and require sophisticated communications strategies now more than ever. As WOLA prepares to celebrate 50 years of fighting for human rights, we are especially excited that these innovative and multilingual communications professionals will spearhead WOLA’s outreach to new audiences and the creation of compelling new content across the region.”