Maureen Meyer serves as WOLA’s Vice President for Programs, working with senior staff to develop policy priorities and strategies to advance human rights and social justice in Latin America.
Prior to assuming this position in 2020, Ms. Meyer spent 14 years leading WOLA’s Mexico program with a special focus on analyzing U.S.-Mexico security policies and their relation to organized crime-related violence, corruption, and human rights violations in Mexico. She also advocated for greater protections for migrants and asylum-seekers in Mexico and at the U.S.-Mexico border. From 2006 to 2013 she supported WOLA’s work on human rights and democracy in Central America.
Ms. Meyer is a member of the Mexican-based Collective for Analysis of Security with Democracy. She has extensive experience addressing human rights, security cooperation, border security and migration issues and works closely with various human rights and migrant rights organizations and networks in the region.
Before joining WOLA in 2006, Ms. Meyer lived and worked for five years in Mexico City, primarily with the Miguel Agustin Pro Juárez Human Rights Center. Previously she was an International Development Fellow with the Catholic Relief Services in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Meyer holds an MA in International Development from American University and a BA in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Arizona.