Elyssa Pachico

Hola! Thanks for coming to my site. I’m a big believer in brevity, so here you’ll find a summary of my most relevant writing and communications experience.

(I go by she/her/ella pronouns)

I write prolifically, often under tight deadlines

I grew up in Cali, Colombia, and have been living in Medellín on and off since 2010.

I’m passionate about human rights, security policy, and writing that is fact-based, clear, and concise.

My Expertise:

  • Producing timely, accurate research and communications materials

I collect, monitor, and analyze information from a wide variety of sources, in order to produce materials ranging from reports to op-eds to grant writing. If there’s a particular platform or type of content where I lack previous experience, I teach myself how to do it.

  • Strategic thinking about how to best disseminate online content and reach target audiences

I help organizations maximize their visibility and impact. This ranges from overseeing a website relaunch, managing digital projects, or figuring out how to best adapt to a rapidly changing media environment.

  • Engage with diverse partners to tell stories more effectively

I’ve collaborated with investigative journalists, activists, digital strategists, and web and design teams, helping mission-driven organizations report the facts and engage their audiences.

What I’m Working on Right Now:

Since September 2017 I’ve worked as a communications consultant for the Washington Office on Latin America, a D.C.- based human rights group. It’s been a challenging and rewarding time to write about migration and border security, anti-corruption efforts in Central America, and Colombia’s efforts to implement its historic 2016 peace deal, among other issues.

Past Experiences

International Center for Journalists
(2016 – 2017)
Project Manager

I managed a team of editors, writers, and translators based around the world in order to produce IJNet, a website that reports on media innovation and press freedoms in seven languages.

InSight Crime
(2014 – 2015)
Managing Editor

Ran editorial programming, content, and special research and digital projects for a foundation dedicated to studying organized crime in Latin America.

American University – Journalism fellowship
(2013 – 2014)

Awarded merit-based graduate fellowship at the American University MA program for Journalism and Public Affairs. As part of the fellowship, I completed research and data analysis for projects at the Washington Post and PBS Frontline.

InSight Crime
(2010 – 2013)
Writer and researcher

Produced analysis, research, and reports about organized crime in Latin America and its impact on human rights, drug policy, and governance.

The Nation

Fact-checking and research.