Sandra Cuffe is a freelance journalist based in Central America.
Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and websites including Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, The New Republic, New Internationalist, Earth Island Journal, Mongabay, The Tyee, Briarpatch, Canadian Dimension, The Vue Weekly, Truthout, and Upside Down World.
In 2016, Sandra received an honourable mention in the Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market category of the Society of Environmental Journalists' 15th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment for her "Environment and Human Rights in Guatemala" entry comprised of five articles published by Mongabay in 2015. According to the judges:
"Sandra Cuffe's reporting in Guatemala is a service to her readers and the disenfranchised, digging into complex situations and human rights issues related to conflicts over natural resources. Her stories paint an eye-opening picture of indigenous people who have been fighting for their ancestral lands — and lives — in the face of state and international mining interests whose security and police forces too often turn to violence."
Originally from Vancouver, Sandra has lived in Honduras off and on for half of the past fourteen years, and otherwise bounces around between neighbouring Central American countries, BC, and northern Saskatchewan.
From 2003 to 2007, she was the Honduras Program Coordinator for Rights Action, a small nonprofit organization focused on human rights, community development and social justice in Central America. From 2012 to 2013, she worked as an editor with the Media Co-op network and its flagship publication, The Dominion magazine, before turning to freelance journalism full-time in mid-2013.
Sandra has filed stories from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Mexico, and Canada. Much of her work focuses on environmental, indigenous, and human rights issues.
(profile photograph by murray bush - flux photo)