America’s Renegade Retirees

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

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What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?

The Atlantic Monthly | November 23, 2015 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 … Continue reading What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?

The Limits of Jurisdiction

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

Aquí y Ahora: Cuerpomático

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

Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get The Boot

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

Read These Kids’ Horrifying Tales of Abuse in U.S. Detention Facilities

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

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

“Border deaths: The last crossing of Tiger Martinez”

"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”

Tijuana’s ‘tent city’ shelters deported immigrants | PHOTOS

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

Freelancer’s Journal: Erin Siegal McIntyre

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

“Immigration and assimilation: Finding a cultural foothold … in a gang” | Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2013

"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

Latest Clip: Playboy Magazine (Feature + Photos)

        For Playboy Magazine, "Deported Warriors," co-byline with 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 … Continue reading Latest Clip: Playboy Magazine (Feature + Photos)

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

LATEST CLIP: Cover Story, Christian Science Monitor

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

VIDEO: Horse Patrol for ABC News & Univision

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

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

VIDEO: City As Blender: Tijuana’s New Mix Of Music, Crowds, And Cultures

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

VIDEO: U.S. Military Veterans, “Banished” to Tijuana

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/

VIDEO: In Tijuana, Less Bullets, More Paintballs (ABC/ Univision)

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)

PHOTOS: Thousands Protest Peña Nieto in Tijuana

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

New work: Short greyhound documentary for Univision

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

Hearts Apart Shoot: The Rivera Family

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