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Eric Volz

Journalist and advocate against wrongful imprisonment

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In 2004, Eric Volz moved to Nicaragua and launched EP Magazine, a successful, full-color, bi-lingual publication focusing on conscious living, cross-cultural understanding and sustainable development. His work with this project continued until November 2006 when he was falsely accused and wrongfully convicted for the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend Doris Jiménez, and consequently sentenced to a 30-year prison term.


After spending over a year in the Nicaraguan Prison system, an appeals court overturned the conviction and Volz was released in December of 2007.


Since his release, Volz filed a petition in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, seeking a declaration of his innocence and protection under the American Convention on Human Rights from further persecution by the Government of Nicaragua. Although he is no longer behind bars, his case continues to test the role and authority of a supra-national tribunal with major potential to engage international policy discussions and subsequent reform.


In 2010 Volz published the book Gringo Nightmare, an account of his wrongful conviction and time in prison. He has been a guest on and featured in The Today Show, CNN, NBC News, PBS, Telemundo and Univision, New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ, People and NPR.


Eric Volz is a native of Northern California. He holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Other university level studies include coursework at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and upper division coursework at Ponifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic.
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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.”

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