08 July 2005


Eleonora Rabinovich Argentina
Cindy Cárcamo USA
  Testimony of Scholarship Winners    

I am a lawyer with a JD from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and a journalist. During the fi rst years of my career I worked as writer and editor in various print and online publications Thanks to the IAPA scholarship and a Fulbright / Torches grant I was able study for a Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies). The program’s flexibility allowed me to choose courses that best suited my interests and needs, various topics related to regional policy and inter- American relations, and to tie them to communication and media studies. I also had classes in the journalism department.

The experience was fascinating. At the end, I received college funds for a summer internship in the offi ce of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where I contributed to monitoring violations of freedom of expression throughout the hemisphere and participated in drafting the annual report.

Shortly after returning to my country I joined the Association for Civil Rights (ADC), a leading NGO in Argentina, where I direct the area of Freedom of Expression. In recent years I have dealt with topics as varied as indirect censorship, libel laws, regulation of audiovisual services, community radio stations, access to public information and freedom of expression on the Internet, applying my legal and media experience and knowledge of human rights to lead projects in Argentina and Latin America.

 She spent half a year in Buenos Aires and the other half in Guanajuato, Mexico as a 2005 Inter-American Press Association Scholar. While there, she had private instruction on contemporary Latin American politics, which focused on South America.

The scholarship afforded her the opportunity to serve as foreign correspondent for The Orange County Register and other publications. She wrote a variety of stories—from the burgeoning hip-hop movement in South America to the booming housing industry in Mexico fueled by remittances from the United States.

The scholarship set the groundwork for future reporting assignments abroad. Carcamo is now the immigration reporter for The Orange County Register and is a contributor to Slake Los Angeles where she’s written about transnational issues.