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Melissa Wise

Freelance Spanish to English translator and editor. B.A. in Linguistics, Master's Certificate in Translation. Passionate about social justice, environmental awareness, and human and animal rights.

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Latest posts by Melissa Wise

6 June 2016

The Thousands of Mexican Women Who Never Made it Home

The most difficult question is knowing when to stop looking: "Until they give me her body to mourn, but I need to know where my daughter is."

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

15 March 2016

I Found My Voice in Spanish, a Language Once Used to Subjugate My Ancestors

In part two of her post, Shirley Campbell examines how Spanish is a language at once discriminatory and liberating.

3 March 2016

Hugo Chávez's Fictional Transgender Sister Is Breaking Down Walls in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez's fictional transgender twin aims to challenge the former president's personal myth while putting Venezuela's LGBT community front and center.

1 March 2016

Latin America's Informal Recyclers Push for Recognition and Protection on International Waste Pickers’ Day

Recyclers make many contributions through their work, including creating jobs and reducing municipal spending on waste management

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

21 January 2016

An AIDS Epidemic is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.