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Austin native on front lines fighting for peace

By Patrick Beach - American-Statesman Staff

Julia Nelson’s work takes her to places that it’s not uncommon for the U.S. State Department to issue travel advisories about: South Sudan, Nicaragua and, next month, Nigeria.

Nelson, an Austin native and graduate of Baylor and American universities, is a contract assessment and planning specialist for the department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, which aims to resolve conflict and crises in global hot spots while attempting to address the root causes of violence.

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