We extend our deepest sympathies to our colleagues at the Fund for Global Human Rights, who lost four colleagues in a car accident in Guatemala over the weekend, as well as to their families and friends. Katherine Zavala, Regional Director for Latin America, remembers her counterpart, Ana Paula Hernández.
Ana Paula Hernández
I first met Ana Paula Hernández back in 2011, just before she went to do a fellowship at Yale University. She was a consultant with both the Angelica Foundation and the Global Fund for Human Rights. I met Ana Paula through our Mexico Funders group hosted at the Human Rights Funders Network. She was an incredible resource, an active participant, and a kind soul who invited me to catch up with her either on the phone or at a coffee shop in Mexico City.
I remember how generous and valuable she was to the philanthropic sector. When I would ask her to interpret for a Guatemalan partner at a funders’ conference panel, she would say yes. Or when I asked her to be a co-chair with me for the Latin American Funders Working Group, she said yes to that as well. Over the years, we would run into each other and share what was happening in our work. We would regularly email each other to exchange information and advice. Most recently, she guided me in our own internal research on what we can do to support natural resource defenders in Latin America.
I’ve always admired Ana Paula’s commitment to supporting human rights struggles in Latin America, and was always blown away by her contextual expertise and her skills in connecting with different sectors. Yet, she was always humble, approachable, and consistently someone I could always count on for insights, information, and advice. I will truly miss her gentle spirit and warm smile.
Thanks Ana Paula for having been my compañera in this work. I will truly miss you.
Rest in Power.