Teresa Garcia Castro is a Senior Program Associate at WOLA where she provides research and support for the Drug Policy and the Andes and the Cuba programs. She focuses on the intersection of women and incarceration for drug related offenses.
Prior to joining WOLA, Teresa was a research assistant at American University and she has co-authored several articles on U.S.-Cuba relations and the process of internal reforms in Cuba. Teresa worked as a specialist in international relations at the Cuban Ministry of Culture promoting artistic and educational exchanges. She has also interned at Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), an international pro bono law firm focused on peace negotiations and at the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry. Her most recent publications include Pretrial Detention in Latin America: The Disproportionate Impact on Women Deprived of Liberty for Drug offenses and A Long Legacy of Distrust and the Future of Cuban-US Relations by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Teresa got an M.A. in International Relations focused on foreign policy and peace-building at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and she was awarded the SIS-wide Award for Outstanding Academic Performance. She got her B.A. in International Relations from the Higher Institute of International Relations in Havana, Cuba.