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I am a recent Master's degree graduate of American University's School of International Service. My specialization there was in International Affairs concentrating on the Americas. I have vast experience in Latin America, having lived there for almost 20 years--primarily in Guatemala, though with brief stints in El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and other countries. I received my translation certificate at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and, much to my delight, have found this skill to be incredibly useful in almost all the jobs I have held.
From April 2003 to November 2003, I assisted the Washington, DC law firm of Howrey Simon in litigation concerning the collapse of Uruguay's Banco Comercial. This case involved corruption, fraud, money laundering, and international law enforcement.
From June 2003 until March 2004, I worked in the World Bank researching the financial systems of over 140 countries and wrote reports on these. In addition, I researched the lending practices of industrialized nations with regard to financial systems. My translation skills came in very useful when I had no other source of information other than documents from government agencies, which were not in English, but usually in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.