Julia Yansura is the Program Director for Latin America & the Caribbean at Global Financial Integrity. She coordinates projects and partnerships in the region that promote transparency, security and economic development. Her specific research interests include Central America, anticorruption, financial inclusion, remittances and de-risking.
Yansura is the author of several recent GFI reports, including Financial Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, Narcotics Proceeds in the Western Hemisphere, and The Gold Standard: Addressing Illicit Financial Flows in the Colombian Gold Sector through Greater Transparency.
Prior to joining Global Financial Integrity, Yansura conducted research and implemented projects related to migration, remittances and economic development. In 2016, she and Manuel Orozco co-authored the book Centroamérica en la mira: La migración en su relación con el desarrollo y las oportunidades para el cambio, which looks at current trends in Central American migration and presents opportunities to leverage remittances for economic development. She is also the author of over 25 other reports on remittances. In addition, Yansura worked on international development projects related to remittances, financial inclusion and mobile money in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Jamaica. From 2016-2019, she managed a project promoting access to formal financial services for 150,000 people in Guatemala. Ms. Yansura holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a certificate in Migration, Refugees, and Humanitarian Crises from the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She is fluent in English and Spanish.