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Jan-Albert Hootsen (1982) is the Mexico Representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, and the Mexico correspondent for Dutch newspaper Trouw and U.S. weekly America Magazine.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Jan-Albert has lived and worked in Mexico City since 2009. He joined CPJ in 2016 and has worked as a freelance correspondent for Trouw since 2010 and for America Magazine since 2017. Previously, he worked as Mexico Bureau Chief for Vocativ, Latin America correspondent for Dutch news wire Geassocieerde Pers Diensten (GPD) and Mexico and Central America correspondent for De Persdienst. His work has also appeared in as Newsweek, World Politics Review, Macleans, Politico, De Groene Amsterdammer, RTL Nieuws and Radio Netherlands Worlwide.
Jan-Albert was born in Goes and grew up in Dordrecht, a stone’s throw from Rotterdam, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Culture Studies from Utrecht University and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Fontys University for Applied Sciences in Tilburg. He was an exchange student at the EF Language School in Quito (Ecuador) the Universidad Nebrija in Madrid (Spain), the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) and the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico). He speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.