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
Guernica Magazine | December 1, 2014 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 his office records, for check-up appointments and vaccinations. Firing up a weary PC, the doctor retrieved Karen’s old records, printing out … 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. They take birth control so they won't get pregnant if they're raped on the way to the United States. Around 80% of migrants who traverse Mexico are raped during their … Continue reading Aquí y Ahora: Cuerpomático
America with Jorge Ramos | Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream? http://fusion.net/video/17212/theyre-desperate-then-theyre-raped-migrant-women-face-sexual-assault-in-mexico/
Fusion.net | "Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get The Boot" When I meet Kevin* inside a Tijuana shelter, he stares straight into my eyes and asks me an urgent question. Can you pass me over there? He’s slender, 16, and the words fall from his mouth without pause. He’s been here on … Continue reading Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get The Boot
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
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
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
"Experts say drug mules are easy to find, hard to catch" by NBC staffer Tracy Connor; photos by Erin Siegal McIntyre. Read the full story on the NBC News: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/30/18589533-experts-say-drug-mules-are-easy-to-find-hard-to-catch
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
Women’s roller derby keeps gaining popularity in the United States, and now, it’s spreading south of the border, to Tijuana. Erin Siegal reports from Baja California on the sport’s fierce feminine machismo. Originally aired on NPR's Latino USA: http://www.futuromediagroup.org/lusa/2013/05/17/tijuana-roller-girls/
TIJUANA, Mexico— At the Biblioteca Benito Juárez in Tijuana, Yara Amparo López López, coordinator of the Programa Binacional de Educación del Migrante (PROBEM) in the Mexican border state of Baja California, is presiding over a meeting. It's her and a bunch of teenagers, speaking Spanish, English, and Spanglish. For Rosa, whose 10-year-old son doesn't speak … Continue reading RADIO: American Children In Mexico Face Educational Challenges
TIJUANA, Mexico-- Adaulban, a lanky seventeen-year-old from Michoacán, Mexico, sits on a worn couch at Casa YMCA in Tijuana. He was deported two days earlier. Now, he's at one of the only shelters for unaccompanied minors in the city, trying to decide what to do next. The soft-spoken teen was nervous and asked us not … Continue reading RADIO: A Revolving Door Of Deported Children
Hundreds, if not thousands, of deported parents are trying to reunite with children left behind in the U.S. In 2011, some 1500 children in southern California were removed from detained or deported parents, and placed in state care. That’s according to the Applied Research Center, a think-tank specializing in race issues that previously published a … Continue reading RADIO: With Parents Removed, U.S. Kids Are Left Behind
To some, steering a big yellow bus along the same city route day after day isn't a highly attractive career. But for Angelica Dimas, who illegally crossed the border into the United States from her native Tijuana, Mexico, in 1981, the opportunity to work as a bus driver in San Diego was a dream realized. "I was so excited, so happy," … Continue reading LATEST CLIP: Cover Story, Christian Science Monitor
http://vimeo.com/60947154 IMPERIAL BEACH-- Immigration enforcement and drug smuggling continue to be top priorities for the Department of Homeland Security, and the Border Patrol's budget has swelled accordingly, increasing from just $262,647 in 1990 to over $3.5 million dollars in fiscal year 2012. They've added more agents, more technology, and higher fences. Despite such progress, human … Continue reading VIDEO: Horse Patrol for ABC News & Univision
LOS ANGELES — Since he became the first former gang member granted political asylum in a United States immigration case in 2002, many have followed the activism and work of gang interventionist and Homies Unidos founder Alex Sanchez. But for the last three years, many have followed him for a different reason — his implication in a complicated, high-profile … Continue reading RADIO: Flawed Evidence in MS-13 Conspiracy Case
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- Two black T-shirts are neatly folded beneath a glass case in the office of the San Diego Horse Patrol unit, located inside a drab brown trailer. The first shows a cartoon horse. It's baring its teeth, and its eyes bulge ominously. The text below the angry horse, "The Only Working Unit … Continue reading RADIO: On Patrol with the Horse Unit
You can watch the segment, which is about 7 minutes long, here: "Amor Sin Fronteras."
TIJUANA, Mexico -- The morning of March 4, 2012 was an unusually warm day in Southern California. Eugenio Velázquez, 50, is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. That sunny morning, he tried to cross the border from Tijuana into San Diego. It was 9 a.m. Velázquez, a renowned architect responsible for various … Continue reading RADIO: The Architect and the Opera Singer, A Tale Of Two Drug Mules
TIJUANA, Mexico — In the impoverished neighborhood of Ejido Maclovio Rojas, in eastern Tijuana, most residents have neither electricity nor running water. There are no paved roads. On a street called Calle Cioac, at the peak of a steep hill, sits a small rancho known as "La Gallera." La Gallera was supposedly a cockfighting ranch, but … Continue reading RADIO: In Remains Of ‘Pozolero’ Victims Dissolved In Acid, Tijuana Families Find Hope
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)
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
A new short doc Univision News. Here's the text that ran with the piece: Tijuana’s Caliente racetrack is home to nearly seven hundred galgos, or greyhounds, who are part of the shrinking American greyhound racing circuit. Most Caliente dogs race a few times per week, though races are held almost daily. The track is informally known in the dog racing world as a “last … Continue reading New work: Short greyhound documentary for Univision
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.
Last month, I photographer perfumist Yosh Han in her apartment studio in San Francisco, California. It was a blast! Yosh is really nice, and sent me home with a little sampler of a few of the scents she sells at department stores. Here's the clip, from Businessweek magazine!
BAXTER, Minn. — Beechestore and Rosecarline, two Haitian teenagers in the throes of puberty, were not supposed to be adopted. At the end of last year, American authorities denied the petition of a couple here, Marc and Teresa Stroot, to adopt the brother and sister after their biological father opposed relinquishing custody. Reluctantly, Mr. and … Continue reading Contributed Reporting: NYT cover story
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So I heard about a protest happening just minutes away from my block in Oakland for Earth Day, and decided to check it out. Click here to read my blog post for the New York Times Bay Area Blog!