Siria Gastelum

Siria Gastelum

Currently, Siria Gastelum leads GI-TOC’s programming in Latin America and works on technology applications to empower civil society leaders to collaborate, learn from each other and tell their own story. She is the Director of Resilience at the Global Initiative. Siria started documenting community responses to organized crime in her own native state of Sinaloa, Mexico

Earlier, Siria Gastelum was the Public Information/Knowledge Management Officer of the Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). In 2008, she joined the United Nations Office in Vienna and worked at the International Narcotics Control Board and the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Gastelum worked as a foreign correspondent for one of the largest TV networks in the US. As a journalist, she has covered national elections, natural disasters and a wide range of social issues, interviewing key decision makers such as heads of State and ministers and legislators from different countries. In 2007, she won an Emmy Award of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also directed and produced documentaries that have been screened in film festivals around the world. Ms. Gastelum has written for several publications in English and Spanish and worked as a communications designer implementing awareness campaigns in her home country, Mexico.

Siria Gastelum appears in

  • After the War of 1812, Canada’s reputation as a safe haven for slaves grew. Fugitive slaves fled to planned settlements like The Elgin Settlement, known today as Buxton, located in Ontario. Bryan and Shannon Prince from the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum will share how Buxton survived and developed as a haven for fugitive slaves to a thriving town that continues to preserve its rich history.   Then, World Footprints joined with CNN and the BBC as a media partner of the United Nations Global Initiative of fight Human Trafficking (UN-GIFT). We’ll speak to our UN-GIFT partners from Austria, Livia Wagner and Siria Gastellum, to discuss this global issue and learn why human trafficking is the largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world-- worth an estimated US$32 billion each year. As responsible travelers, there is a lot we can do to fight this awful crime, and Livia and [...]