Kate Doyle

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Kate Doyle "is a Senior Analyst for the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, a non-profit, nongovernmental advocacy group that campaigns for the citizen’s right to know, investigates U.S. national security and foreign policy, and uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain and publish declassified U.S. documents.

"Doyle directs several research projects on U.S. policy in Latin America for the Archive, including the Mexico Project, which aims to obtain the declassification of U.S. and Mexican government documents on the Mexican dirty war, and the Guatemala Project. Since 1992, she has worked with truth commissions in Latin America -– including in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala –- to obtain records from secret U.S. government archives in support of their human rights investigations. She is co-author of a 1994 report on the Salvadoran death squads for a United Nations task force; editor of two National Security Archive collections of declassified U.S. documents on human rights in El Salvador and Guatemala; and author of a Harper’s Magazine article revealing the existence of the “death squad dossier” found in Guatemalan army intelligence files. In 2003 and 2004, she wrote a monthly investigative series in the Mexican magazine Proceso called Archivos Abiertos (“Open Archives”). Her work also has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, World Policy Journal, Current History, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and other publications. In September 2002, Doyle appeared as an expert witness in the trial of senior military officers in Guatemala for the assassination of Myrna Mack. She is currently part of a collective human rights case filed before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission that charges the Guatemalan government with the abduction and disappearance of the victims named in the death squad dossier.

"In addition to human rights activities, Doyle works with citizen groups throughout the Western Hemisphere on the campaign for government transparency, accountability, and the right to information. She has given seminars on the use of freedom of information laws to civil society groups in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina, and is writing a guide for Latin American NGOs on using government documents in advocacy work. In 2002, she was awarded the annual “Right to Information Award” in Mexico by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Universidad Ibero-Americana.

"Doyle lives in New York City with her husband, Tim Weiner, and two daughters, Emma and Ruby Doyle.“ [1]

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  1. Directors, Fund for Constitutional Government, accessed January 10, 2009.
  2. NACLA Staff, Board of Directors, and Editorial Committee, NACLA, accessed June 11, 2008.