Monica Villamizar

Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker

Monica is an Emmy award-winning journalist the Gerald Loeb Award winner for the investigative documentary “The Source”, about child labor in Mexico’s Nestle coffee farms. She is currently part of the Showtime documentary series, "The Trade", a docu-series focuses on the illicit trades of human smuggling and trafficking among Central American migrants coming to the United States who are deported back to their home countries. Her current clients include PBS Newshour, Al Jazeera English, Vice News, Univision, Telemundo and The Weather Channel. Monica has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali, Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti, at times filming directly on the front lines. She has covered the drug of wars in Colombia and Mexico, gaining exclusive access to cocaine cartels in Medellin and Michoacan. In the Middle East she covered the Arab spring and the advance of ISIS into the Iraqi Kurdistan. More recently Monica has been dedicated to covering the advance of jihadism in West Africa.

Monica has interviewed The Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and the Presidents of Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia and Uruguay. She has also interviewed Nicolas Sierra, leader of Viagras Mexican Cartel, while he was in hiding, Bilal Ag Acherif leader of Malian separatist movement MNLA and Farc guerrilla female commander Yuheni Izquierdo.