Luisa Stalman joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2021 as a program assistant for Special Projects and External Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A in Political Science, a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a minor in History. Prior to joining the Dialogue, she interned in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and with the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program. Additionally, she has studied abroad in Bogotá, Colombia, where she focused on peace-building methodologies in conflict zones, followed by a semester in Madrid, Spain. Stalman has lived in both Argentina and the United States, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
On November 9, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private meeting with members of the Colombian delegation for Compromiso Valle during their visit to Washington, DC. The private roundtable conversation included Maria Isabel Ulloa, executive director of Compromiso Valle and former Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia, Erlendy Cuero, defender of afro-descendant victims, and Remy Calero, CEO of AseoYa.
This report from the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program posits that policy reforms adopted out of necessity during the pandemic in regards to prison policy, some of which were considered politically unpalatable before the Covid-19 emergency, offer important lessons and in some cases proof of concept for overdue shifts in prison policy.