Personal Background

cartagena_8198I was born in the beautiful Caribbean port city of Cartagena, Colombia.

My family brought me to the U.S. as a child, and I later became a U.S. citizen.

Most of my formative years were spent in New York & Miami, but since then I’ve lived, studied, or spent time in many different places, including East Lansing, MI; Seattle, WA; eastern Washington state; Portland, OR;  Montpelier, VT;  Bogotá, Colombia;  and throughout the Boston, MA area. I now live in Milton, MA.

In addition to writing & immigration law, I’m interested in human rights.  I serve as a board member of Colombia Vive, a Massachusetts-based organization that supports peace, social justice, and human rights in Colombia, and I’ve participated in international human rights conferences, such as that of FEDEFAM (an organization of relatives of the disappeared) in El Salvador and one involving labor rights in post-Castro transition Cuba. I was also involved in bilingual editing for The Guatemalan Military Project by Jennifer Schirmer (University of Pennsylvania Press 1998), and in filing amicus curiae briefs in federal courts, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court in a Guatemalan persecution case.

The most interesting project I’m currently engaged in is the exploration of a transborder culture that links the Atlantic port cities of the former Spanish Imperial Maritime Road. Join me in this quest if you like by writing to me at info@irisgomez.com & watch for postings about this in the future!