"Prior to joining WOLA, Dest was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia. His research focused on organized crime and guerrilla movements in Colombia and the Andean Region. In Colombia, he worked closely with International Crisis Group, Asociación Minga and Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris. In the fall of 2008 he interned at the Center for International Policy's Colombia program. Dest graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. He also holds a graduate certificate in "Armed Conflict and Peace" from La Universidad de los Andes." 
- Program Assistant for the Andean Region, Drug Policy, Colombia, Haiti, and Rights & Development programs, Washington Office on Latin America
Resources and articles
- Staff, Washington Office on Latin America, accessed April 13, 2010.