Maria Francisca Paz y Miño is a graduate student pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management and a 2019-2020 Fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is a native Ecuadorian living in New York City and a M.S candidate in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at The New School. She previously worked for the Human Rights Foundation as their international political analyst. In this role, she had the opportunity to work with dissidents from North Korea, China, Venezuela and Russia. As an activist, researcher and political advisor to several organizations, her expertise is in international economic development planning, project management, and technology strategies to strengthen democracy. Her capstone research focuses on migration and climate change in Latin America. She is also part of Public Seminar, where she will be writing more about migration trends in the Americas.