New Administrative Assistant Joining CRLN!


Maria Isabel Leon Gomez (Marisa) is CRLN’s Communications Coordinator. Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Marisa grew up with a strong desire to help and fight for social justice in her country. In addition to that, her interest in languages, cultures and people of all walks of life led her to do an internship in UNICEF-Honduras during high school and later to pursue a B.A in Global Studies with an International Development concentration and a minor in French at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  While in college, Marisa studied abroad for one year in Lyon, France, worked at Salve’s Regina Office of International Programs and did a thesis on the effects of drug trafficking on the socioeconomic development of Honduras. During her summer breaks, she traveled back to Honduras and volunteered for Educate2Envision, a non-profit helping low-income Hondurans afford to finish their high school education through the creation of their own sustainable businesses.


After college, Marisa interned as Latin American Programs Assistant at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), a non-profit based in New York City focused on genocide and mass atrocity prevention. She traveled with AIPR to Santiago, Chile to aid in the logistical planning of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, Latin America Edition. During her stay in Chile, she learned of the acts committed by Pinochet’s government (1973-1990) and increased her passion for human rights in our hemisphere. Marisa has traveled in international delegations to Honduras and Guatemala representing CRLN. In the summer of 2017 she will do an internship with the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she is interested in topics such as sustainable development, education, women’s rights, controlling drug abuse and trafficking, violence prevention and decreasing military involvement in civil policing.