Eric Volz
Journalist and advocate against wrongful imprisonment

Eric Volz is an entrepreneur, author, and the managing director of the David House Agency, an international crisis resource agency based in Los Angeles. Volz was recognized by the New York Times as “a highly sought crisis manager” for Westerners and travelers entangled in criminal prosecutions overseas. He specializes in strategy for international ShowTrials and other complex legal and political situations abroad.


In November of 2006, while living in Nicaragua, Volz was wrongfully imprisoned by an anti-American judicial system and found himself at the center of an international ShowTrial. After a tireless campaign on behalf of his family and friends, and intervention from the highest levels of the U.S. government and other international figures, an appeals court overturned his conviction and Volz was released in December of 2007.


After returning to the U.S., St. Martin’s Press published Volz’s memoir, Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua. The book details his wrongful imprisonment and political undertones of the case, an ordeal that would become the foundation for his future life’s work.


Bill Kurtis, host of A&E Network’s Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files said about Volz’s book, “This story should be issued with every passport.” The book received international media attention after it was published, and Volz subsequently did a speaking book tour around the U.S.  


Volz began to be approached by families of other wrongfully imprisoned individuals who had no where else to turn. After several years, what began as pro-bono advice evolved into a private consultancy in 2009. The need became so great that Volz founded the David House Agency in 2011. Regarded as the only organization of its kind, the agency has been instrumental in the release of 18 men and women, incarcerated in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.


In March 2015, Volz announced the launch of the David House Foundation, a nonprofit, non-partisan think tank offering research and analysis on the growing trend of politically motivated detentions of travelers abroad.


Volz has been a guest on and featured in major international media outlets speaking on the topic of international ShowTrials and the David House Agency’s case work. He is a native of Northern California, and holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

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Gringo Nightmare
A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua
St. Martin's Griffin

Featured on Fox News and Univision and selected as Larry King’s Book of the Week, this is the harrowing true story of an American held in a Nicaraguan prison...

Gringo Nightmare In his keynote presentation, Eric shares his experience of being wrongly accused for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, suffering sub-human prison conditions, and fighting against a web of sinister political acts.

Praise for Gringo Nightmare

“This story should be issued with every passport.”
—Bill Kurtis, author of The Death Penalty on Trial and host of A&E’s Cold Case Files

“A powerful story of injustice, iron determination and incomprehensible strength.”
—Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of the New York Times bestselling Picking Cotton

“A brave and riveting account."
—Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory

“A tough tale of survival against long odds…. Nothing short of harrowing.”