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Born in Guatemala City and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tomas graduated with a Bachelors degree in Politics from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He then worked in Washington, DC for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs as a Research Fellow, focusing primarily on Latin American security, democracy and foreign relations. While at COHA his work was reprinted in the Congressional Written testimony, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff security memo, in addition to numerous media appearances on press from around the world. Since COHA, Tomas has done field work in the Balkans investigated the nexus of corruption and organized crime in post-conflict states. Having earned his Masters in Conflict and Security at the New School in New York City, Tomas has recently finished his thesis on the transnationalization of the Latin American drug trade and its effects on the producing, transit, distributing and consuming countries around the world.