John Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of US policy in Latin America for 30 years. From 1989 to 2014, he served the interfaith pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), as coordinator of the Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, as research director, and founded FOR’s Colombia peace team. From 2003 to 2014, he edited a monthly newsletter focused on Colombia and U.S. policy, Latin America Update. He participated in the 2012 US-Mexico Caravan for Peace, and has visited Ciudad Juarez four times as part of FOR’s work to address gun trafficking and the US role in violence in Mexico. Previously he served with Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Guatemala and El Salvador, and co-founded PBI’s Colombia Project in 1994. He lives with his partner, the artist James Groleau, in Oakland, California. Areas of focus: Latin America (especially Colombia and Mexico); U.S. policy in Latin America; human rights; gun trade; police militarization.