U.S. News and World Report ROSARITO, Mexico — At the sprawling beachfront Las Rocas Resort and Spa in the Mexican state of Baja California, the restaurant El Mesón serves up American-style pizza and Mexican seafood accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Pacific. To drum up more business, the restaurant is running a new campaign … Continue reading America’s Renegade Retirees
The Atlantic Monthly Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working. by Erin Siegal McIntyre Nothing in particular stands out about the two adjoining rooms at South Burlington High School, one littered with desks, the other lined … Continue reading What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?
For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter, Anyelí. It’s unclear how the two-year-old broke her femur, Dr. Napoleon Castillo Molinedo told me. The Guatemalan pediatrician regularly saw the child, identified as “Karen Abigail Lopéz García” in … Continue reading The Limits of Jurisdiction
Toman anticonceptivos para no quedar embarazadas si son violadas camino a Estados Unidos. Alrededor del 80% de las migrantes que atraviesan México son violadas durante el recorrido. Sus testimonios aquí. "Cuerpomático" produced for Univision's Aquí y Ahora
For TakePart.com | Earlier this year, a 13-year-old boy was taken into U.S. Customs and Border Patrol custody in Hidalgo, Tex., separated from his sister, and placed in a holding cell among adult men for three days. According to a complaint filed in June by the ACLU in conjunction with four other nonprofits, two adults in the cell … Continue reading Read These Kids’ Horrifying Tales of Abuse in U.S. Detention Facilities
Rock and roll singer and guitarist Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash, photographed for Yamaha Music. See the whole take here.
"TUCSON, Ariz. — On Oct. 3, 2012, Pima County's deputy chief medical examiner and two assistants peeled open a flat white vinyl body bag. The corpse inside was recovered in Cochise County, part of the hot Arizona desert lands also known as the Corridor of Death. According to the autopsy report, the 24-year-old man with … Continue reading “Border deaths: The last crossing of Tiger Martinez”
48 Hours Mystery on CBS | The January 18, 2014 hour-long CBS special "Perilous Journey" on TV news magazine 48 Hours is based, in part, on my book "Finding Fernanda." I'm on-camera in the program, along many of my sources, photos, and documents obtained in the U.S and in Guatemala. Watch the full show, streaming online, here: … Continue reading Perilous Journey
Written by Michelle García, photographs by Erin Siegal McIntyre. TIJUANA, Mexico — There was a time when Javier Reyes conferred with architects about building plans, when a day's work meant constructing new homes for Californians near Bakersfield. But the world of bricks and plywood he once knew has been replaced by a sea of brightly colored … Continue reading Tijuana’s ‘tent city’ shelters deported immigrants | PHOTOS
For Scratch Magazine: A day at work with an investigative journalist Erin Siegal McIntyre is an independent/freelance investigative journalist and photographer based on the United States/Mexico border in Tijuana. She works in print, online, broadcast, and radio journalism; her topics of focus include border issues, Mexico, Latin America, drugs, organized crime, immigration, veterans, and photography.We asked her … Continue reading Freelancer’s Journal: Erin Siegal McIntyre
I photographed Dr. Javier Lopez of Tijuana's Instituto de Medicina Regenerativa. The story, "Stem Cell Treatments Overtake Science," is by science writer Laura Beil. "Maggie Alejos arrived here in June from St. Anne, Ill., with her husband, her daughter and a cashier’s check for $13,500, payable to the Regenerative Medicine Institute. Rail-thin, with an oxygen tube … Continue reading Latest Clip: New York Times
"Immigration and assimilation: Finding a cultural foothold in a gang," by Erin Siegal McIntyre, from the July 7, 2013 cover story package on immigration for the Christian Science Monitor. In 1979, at age 7, Alex Sanchez and his younger brother left El Salvador. They didn't want to immigrate to theUnited States, but they had no choice. Five years … Continue reading “Immigration and assimilation: Finding a cultural foothold … in a gang” | Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2013
by Erin Siegal McIntyre and Luis Alberto Urrea Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Big Pac-Man still tucks his trousers into his high black jump boots. He learned to do this at jump school in the Army. He posts photos of jumps on Facebook—high up, looking down on paratroopers as they drop, Fort Bragg tiny below like … Continue reading Deported Warriors, Playboy Magazine
In a hushed beige room at San Diego's Hotel Handlery, clusters of well-dressed American public relations executives mingled. The February luncheon — formally titled "How PR Shaped Baja California's Resurgence" — was an insider's look the inner workings of a highly regarded campaign. The pay-per-plate event, thrown by the Public Relations Society of America, paid tribute … Continue reading Million Dollar Makeover? Behind Baja’s New Image
You can watch the segment, which is about 7 minutes long, here: "Amor Sin Fronteras."
There's a profile of photographer Camille Seaman that I wrote in the December 2012 issue of O Magazine. They also featured me and interviewed me as a contributor,
TIJUANA, Mexico — By 2009, Tijuana had become a shadow of its former self. Known for bars, clubs, and general debauchery, the city's nightlife had ground to a crushing halt. Drug violence scared away tourists, and even locals stayed indoors. Today, the city is emerging from hibernation. Reuben Torres is a producer with the Tijuana trio Los … Continue reading VIDEO: City As Blender: Tijuana’s New Mix Of Music, Crowds, And Cultures
TIJUANA, Mexico — Hector Barajas lives in a rundown apartment in Rosarito, Mexico. His small living room is cluttered with makeshift items appropriated as furniture: upended 20-gallon bucket chairs, chipped TV dinner trays trying to stand alone on teetering bent legs. There's even a door-less broken fridge that serves as a bookshelf. Full story here: http://www.fronterasdesk.org/news/2012/nov/12/us-veterans-banished-mexico/
The Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia traveled around Mexico and the United States in the name of peace against the Mexican drug cartels. He was joined by hundreds of Mexicans who have lost loved ones due to the violence. This is their story, in English. Directed and Produced by Erin Siegal Filmed by Erin … Continue reading VIDEO: Caravana Por La Paz Comes To The U.S.
In the stark, rolling hills that join Tijuana to the coastal port town of Rosarito, a battle is raging. A 15-year-old boy reloads his weapon behind the rusted hulk of an abandoned pick up truck. He signals his nearby comrade with gloved fingers, raises his head for one last look and then sprints ten long … Continue reading VIDEO: In Tijuana, Less Bullets, More Paintballs (ABC/ Univision)
In Mexico, tens of thousands of people have reportedly been murdered or disappeared. The families of the victims... See the photo essay at Yes Magazine online: http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/mexican-caravan-goes-5600-miles-for-peace
In nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, tens of thousands of Mexicans peacefully took to the streets in protest of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, accusing his party, the PRI, of corruption and vote-buying. In Mexico City, a reported 50,000 people participated in the "MegaMarcha," while a simultaneous demonstration in Tijuana had an estimated 10,000 participants. Additional marches … Continue reading PHOTOS: Thousands Protest Peña Nieto in Tijuana
A new story by my friend and colleague Myles Estey is in today's edition of the Toronto Star newspaper. “The authorities of Baja California know who the drug dealers in the state are, but they have not detained them.” So reads the opening line of a feature story in Tijuana’s weekly newspaper, Zeta, which goes on … Continue reading Tear: Adela Bello Navarro in The Toronto Star
Last month, I had the honor of photographing Adela Navarro Bello, editor of Tijuana's investigative weekly Zeta. This year, Bello is included in the Daily Beast/ Newsweek's list of "150 Women who Shake the World." You can read all about her here, here, or here. I was starstruck while shooting. Wanna know why? Just watch this short … Continue reading Adela Navarro Bello for Newsweek
My latest piece for Reuters, Los Galgos Guapos, is up over on the Reuters' Pictures Photographers Blog. There were a bunch of images that didn't fit into the blog, or make it onto the wire. Here are a few of my very favorites from the story:
U.S. Marine Joseph Rivera kisses his wife Alissa at Camp Pendleton in California. My friend & fellow photog Krista Kennell is the West Coast Coordinator for HeartsApart.org, recruited me to become a volunteer photographer with the nonprofit. They match professional photographers with military families about to deploy for portrait sessions. From their website: HeartsApart.org was … Continue reading Hearts Apart Shoot: The Rivera Family
The New Yorker | Finding Fernanda: Pictures from an Investigation “Finding Fernanda,” the first book by the photojournalist and investigative reporter Erin Siegal, uncovers pervasive fraud in the international adoption industry, specifically between Guatemala and the U.S. It’s not a photo book, but photographs are central to its conception. The story began in December of 2007, when, … Continue reading Finding Fernanda: Pictures from an Investigation
BoingBoing | http://boingboing.net/2012/03/08/los-galgos-guapos-the-hands.html Meet U.F.O, a portrait taken on her retirement day.
A few outtakes from my latest assignment for BusinessWeek. My images will accompany a story on the business of civil war reenactments. These shots are from an annual reenactment in San Francisco, which takes place in under the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point.
Nothing says Christmas like a pickup full of piñatas! Rosarito, Mexico, December 18, 2011.
Extending farther and farther into the sea....
In case anyone's wondering what Occupy Tijuana looks like these days.... it looks like this:
Yesterday at the Tijuana/San Diego border a "Posada Sin Fronteras" was held. People took turns talking into microphones about deportation and divided families. There were two sound systems set up; one on each side. A woman in Mexico spoke of how her new baby, still nursing, remained in the United States. The sides sang Christmas … Continue reading Posada Sin Fronteras
A zonkey rests after a day of eating hay, pooping in a bucket, and posing with a few tourists on the sidewalk beside Avenida Revolución in Tijuana. Two zonkeys walk home from work. "Barbie," a year-old female Zonkey, at home with her human guardian, who keeps her with two other zonkeys in an alley.
On Friday, activists who installed artwork on the border fence at Playas de Tijuana returned to take down their wooden crosses, canvases, and cardboard skeletons. They've been hanging for as long as I've been in México, and probably longer. Here's a quick snap:
A few more from the corrida... El Zapata chats with fans and his fellow matador El Capeo before the corrida. How adorable is it that his nose wrinkles when he smiles? Fans snap photos as the matadors make their way into the ring.