Matthew Bocanumenth is the Colombia and Border & Migration Program Assistant at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where he conducts research and provides support to the Director of the Andes and the Director of Defense Oversight. Prior to joining WOLA, he worked with Freedom House as the International Programs Associate and interned with the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Bogotá.
Matthew graduated from New College of Florida and spent a semester studying abroad at Universidad de los Andes, double majoring in International and Area Studies and Political Science. His undergraduate thesis tackled an urgent question for the peace process in Colombia and for post-conflict stabilization in general—collectively reintegrating former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) into civil society. His interests also include migration advocacy and LGBTQ+ rights.