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.

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

Gunmen Kill Honduran Indigenous Environmentalist Leader Berta Cáceres

Gunmen Kill Honduran Indigenous Environmentalist Leader Berta Cáceres

People in Honduras and around the world were expressing grief and shock after a leading environmentalist was murdered in the early hours Thursday morning.

Honduran Indigenous environmentalist leader Berta Cáceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her role in fighting a dam project, was murdered in her home early Thursday.

Cáceres, a mother of four, led opposition to a proposed dam on the Gualcarque river, considered sacred by the Lencas. Many of the project's backers have largely abandoned building plans.

A Lenca Indian activist, Cáceres had previously complained of receiving death threats from police, soldiers and local landowners because of her work.

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Latino, Immigrant Groups Launch 'Families Fight Back' Voter Campaign

Latino, Immigrant Groups Launch 'Families Fight Back' Voter Campaign

Puerto Rico Community Land Trust Awarded UN World Habitat Award

Puerto Rico Community Land Trust Awarded UN World Habitat Award