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Martha received her B.A. in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from Newcastle University (UK), with her final thesis focusing on bailes funk and the representations of women in post-pacification favelas. She has previously worked in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro as well as in Spain, Italy and the UK, and is a qualified ski instructor. Her interests include environmental rights and their relationship with human rights, manifestations of culture and resistance, investigative journalism and Latin America. She is currently residing in Costa Rica where she works with the Center for Justice and International Law. Martha is working with CHRE on the design and preparation of a University course on assessing the social, environmental, economic and political implications of the potential arrival of hydraulic fracturing in the State of Florida.