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Ileana Alamilla

A lawyer by training and journalist by vocation, Ileana Alamilla fled Guatemala in 1979 and did not return until 1998, spending almost 20 years in exile in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Salvador and Mexico. It was in exile in 1983 that she founded Cerigua (Centro de Reportes Informativos Sobre Guatemala) to “break through Guatemala’s international isolation and draw attention to the terror and crimes against its population.” As such, she supported the 1996 peace accords that ended a 36-year civil war. She campaigns for the creation of a national system to protect journalists and, through Cerigua, has been condemning an unprecedented wave of violence against media personnel.