Teen Drug Mules for NPR’s Latino USA

"Do teens smuggle drugs across the border? It appears so–the Department of Homeland Security is now holding lectures in schools like the one featured in this story from San Ysidro, California. Teens are being warned that drug cartels are looking for couriers, and that being a courier can have fatal consequences." Listen here: http://bit.ly/1rNR9NI

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Million Dollar Makeover? Behind Baja’s New Image

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

RADIO: American Children In Mexico Face Educational Challenges

  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

RADIO: With Parents Removed, U.S. Kids Are Left Behind

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

RADIO: Flawed Evidence in MS-13 Conspiracy Case

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

RADIO: The Architect and the Opera Singer, A Tale Of Two Drug Mules

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

RADIO: In Remains Of ‘Pozolero’ Victims Dissolved In Acid, Tijuana Families Find Hope

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