Olivia Sterling
Olivia Sterling
Project Assistant for Latin America and Caribbean
Washington, DC

Olivia Sterling is a project assistant for Latin America and the Caribbean at NDI, supporting programs in Colombia, Ecuador and Honduras. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2016 with a B.A. in Spanish and international studies.

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My Rights are Your Rights: How one transgender woman in Guatemala is making change

Debby Linares, during her presentation at NDI, with fellow human rights activist, Fernando Us Alvarez.


In the first week of December 2017, I had the chance to meet Debby Linares, a transgender woman and human rights activist from Guatemala, who soon became an inspiration to me on a personal level. Debby, who has been a human rights activist for the past 16 years, advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights at the municipal and state level in Guatemala.

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