Co-Founder and Executive Director
Amanda is a bilingual, Washington D.C. native. Amanda attended middle and high school here in the District, at The Field School, where she met and became friends with Tanya Horwitz, her collaborator and co-founder. Following graduation from Field, she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and minor in Spanish language and literature.
While Amanda was a student at Rhodes, she became more politically and socially engaged and she discovered her passions for doing human rights advocacy and research. While a student at Rhodes Amanda conducted in depth ethnographic research at El Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis, (The Latino Cultural Center) and Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, an Aztec dance group based in Memphis.
More recently, Amanda spent a semester in Santiago, Chile, studying sociology and hispanic literatures at the Universidad de Chile and she conducted research at Chile's Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos on how the structures of violence, terror and repression which were a part of Operación Cóndor functioned in Chile and influenced Chileans' experiences with Cóndor. Additionally, while Amanda was an intern at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, she conducted ethnographic research which focused on how individuals who study human rights in Chile and individuals who work for Museo de la Memoria, who are involved in human rights advocacy, perceive their roles in the present battles for Chile's historic memory of its recent traumatic past.
When Amanda returned to Rhodes after her semester in Chile, she became involved in campus activism dealing with racialized and sexual violence within the Rhodes community. During the Spring 2016 semester at Rhodes, Amanda helped establish Students Against Sexual Violence (SASV). SASV is a student coalition at Rhodes College working to eliminate the structural and institutional roots of rape culture at Rhodes College. As a member of SASV she helped to organize and participated in protests against Rhodes' mishandling of sexual assault cases, as well Rhodes' response to acts of racialized violence on campus. Additionally, she had an instrumental role in writing the list of demands that SASV delivered to the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College, that dealt with how Rhodes needed to improve the institutional response to sexual violence delivered to the Board of Trustees on 15 April 2016.
Amanda leads The Testimony Project, she coordinates and manages all of our D.C. operations including all of our marketing, publicity and outreach. Additionally, she manages the website for the project and all of our social media accounts. She is directing and producing our feature length documentary film, "The Testimony Project". You can find Amanda on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/la_monstruita and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lamonstruita/.
Tanya, like Amanda is a Washington D.C. native and graduate of The Field School located in the District of Columbia, where Amanda and Tanya met. Recently, Tanya graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, with a BA in Psychology. For this project, Tanya wishes to give victim-survivors of gender-based violence and sexual violence a platform where they can speak freely about their experiences to raise awareness in their communities about the prevalence of gender-based and sexual violence. In August 2016, Tanya moved to Chicago, IL where she is a research assistant in a Psychology research lab.