ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

The U.S. Will Return to Cuba. Here’s What It Means for Human Rights

The U.S. Will Return to Cuba. Here’s What It Means for Human Rights

On Wednesday, President Obama announced the U.S. government will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than half a century. It’s an extraordinary moment in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and it comes months after the U.S. government opened trade and tourism with Cuba and removed the island from the list of nations that it believes sponsor terrorism.

“We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said during a White House press conference, adding, “With this change, we will be able to increase our contacts with the Cuban people. We are neighbors. Now, we can be friends.”

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‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Returns, and It’s More Relevant Than Ever

‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Returns, and It’s More Relevant Than Ever

These Photos Show People Celebrating LGBT Progress Around the World

These Photos Show People Celebrating LGBT Progress Around the World