Brittany Victoria Gonzalez
Brittany Gonzalez, a Foreign Correspondent for Arkansas: Abroad, currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Brittany grew up in Sarasota, Florida and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas – which is as near Arkansas as she can get without pandering or stretching. She graduated from SMU in 2008 with degrees in Anthropology and Human Rights. Shortly following graduation, and due in part to a quarter-life crisis, Brittany moved to Rwanda to work with abused orphans and genocide survivors. Village life ultimately got the best of her, and in 2010, she moved to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Brittany worked for a small legal aid organization that handled refugee resettlement testimonies. During her time at the Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Brittany interviewed dozens of torture survivors, documenting hundreds of horrific human rights abuses. She was also actively involved in Cairo’s political scene, witnessing firsthand the harsh reality of living in a police state.
Brittany ultimately left Egypt this past May to pursue her Masters in International Human Rights at the University of Denver. Unfortunately, she stopped in Nairobi to visit a friend on the way home and never left Kenya. She blames this change of plans on the perpetual quarter-life crisis she has been suffering from since 2008, coupled with her strong dislike for political theory.
Brittany’s passion for journalism stems from her desire to erase the words “I didn’t know” from the human language. She hopes to expose Americans to the human rights abuses that occur worldwide on a daily basis, uninterrupted and often ignored by the international community. When she sees something beautiful, she wants to share that, too.