Ted Lewis

Human Rights Program Director, Global Exchange

Ted Lewis started the Mexico program at Global Exchange in 1995. Earlier he founded a school that sent students to Central America and Southern Africa in the late 1980s. In 1990 he organized a month long civil observation mission to Nicaragua’s landmark post revolutionary elections. Then after three years of teaching in public schools in California and New York, Ted organized another international election observation mission, this time for the 1994 Presidential elections in Mexico. This collaboration led Global Exchange invited Ted to build a program of exchange and solidarity with Mexico’s civil and human rights movements. In recent years Ted has focused supporting Mexican organizations working to end the murders, corruption and impunity resulting from misguided drug policy designed in the United States. During 2011 and 2012 Ted took a leading role in organizing the Caravan for Peace that brought dozens of Mexican drug war victims to tell their stories and appeal for change in 27 cities across the United States. Ted Lewis has been published and cited widely in newspapers, magazines, television and radio locally and nationally in the U.S as well as in Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere: New York Times, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNN en Español, Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, Televisa, Rompevientos TV, Fox News, Daily Show, Democracy Now! , NPR (Morning Edition/All Things Considered), San Diego Union Tribune, SF Chronicle, LA Jornada, La Reforma, El Proceso, Semana (Colombia), Los Angeles Times, AP, AFP, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Examiner, Common Dreams, Huffington Post, and many others.