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.

‘Paz Colombia’: Santos, Obama Announce Next Chapter of U.S. Support

‘Paz Colombia’: Santos, Obama Announce Next Chapter of U.S. Support

President Barack Obama furthered his support in Colombia with a new economic assistance program that would allocate $450 million for peace efforts, as announced in the White House Thursday in a joint press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos.

The two presidents were also commemorating the fifteen-year anniversary of Plan Colombia, the U.S. initiative to aid the Colombian government on their ongoing war on drugs.

This is Colombia's most recent effort to end the 50-year-long conflict that has long plagued the South American nation.

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Grief, Sadness Surrounds Killing of Illinois Mexican Family

Grief, Sadness Surrounds Killing of Illinois Mexican Family

NCLR and Mitú Launch Latino Voter Registration App

NCLR and Mitú Launch Latino Voter Registration App