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Pieces that I found particularly challenging, impactful, and/or exemplary of my work

After Spate of Violence, Calls for International Action Echo Across Garifuna Diaspora

El Faro, July 2020 -- After a series of kidnappings carried out by men wearing Honduran police gear on July 18, protestors hit the pavement of Manhattan two days later to denounce the historically entrenched state and state-sanctioned violence against residents of Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras and other coastal Garifuna communities under the illegitimate government of Juan Orlando Hernández, a strategic regional partner of the Trump administration whose roots lead back to the 2009 US-backed coup against President Manuel Zelaya.

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Longwood Says Goodbye to a Beloved Pastor

Hunts Point Express, Nov 2019 -- Rev. Danilo Lachapel was respected for his efforts to build solidarity among people from diverse backgrounds and for his support of the disenfranchised, from his local ministry. But as his casket was closing, his closest friends cried out that the church had betrayed him.

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A Landmark Environmental Treaty Gets Little Traction in El Salvador

El Faro, Aug 2020 -- The Escazú Agreement, a watershed 2018 UN environmental treaty for LatAm & the Caribbean, could mark a dramatic shift in environmental policy for CentAm. Despite the deepening climate change-related degradation of the country’s environment and violence against environmentalists, though, Bukele hasn’t publicly expressed his intentions regarding the accord.

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/ Other Work /

Note: This is a sampling, but not an exhaustive list, of my original reporting.

Corruption Allegations Stain El Salvador’s Promise — What Political Impact Will They Have?

El Faro, Sep 2020 -- Even as investigations have revealed widespread corruption within the Bukele administration, the president has attempted to keep the spotlight on his political opponents and the press. It’s unclear to what extent the evidence of corruption is affecting public opinion as El Salvador approaches pivotal legislative elections next February.

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Crisis Group Dissects El Salvador's Historic Dip in Homicides

El Faro, July 2020 -- The reasons for the broad reduction in homicides across El Salvador during Nayib Bukele’s first year in office are “complex and often unclear,” summarized the International Crisis Group in a security policy analysis, arguing that the drop is likely not attributable to Bukele’s flagship security plan, as the president has claimed.

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A Bronxite's Guide to the 2020 Census

Mott Haven Herald, Jan 2020 -- On the eve of the new decade, all levels of government are gearing up for the 2020 Census. Starting April 1, households will receive a mailer encouraging them to fill out the census online. The results of the nationwide count will have a profound and lasting effect on the everyday life of all Bronxites, whether multigenerational residents or newly arrived.

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Judge to Decide Asylum Case of Immigrants' Rights Leader

Mott Haven Herald, Oct 2019 -- Upcoming verdict in Mott Haven resident’s asylum case could pave the way for the cases of other immigrants’ rights advocates.

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Hometown Hopeful Makes Her Case for Seat in Congress

Hunts Point Express, Oct 2019 -- In the heart of the South Bronx, Chivona Newsome has grown from just another kid on the block to a Congressional hopeful.

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Why Tackling Urban Violence Should Be First on America’s Domestic Agenda

The Crime Report, Jun 2019 -- In his new book, Thomas Abt argues that efforts to address poverty and racial bias in America are effectively blocked by the violence plaguing many American neighborhoods. In a conversation with TCR, he explains why.

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The Body-Cam Dilemma: Should Cops Ever Push the ‘Off’ Button?

The Crime Report, May 2019 -- A review of body-worn camera policies in 10 metropolitan police departments finds most require cameras to keep running during nearly all civilian encounters. A Columbia University researcher says the policy is a critical safeguard against implicit racial bias.

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Federal Immigration Crackdown Spurs Sentencing Spike

The Crime Report, May 2019 -- The Trump administration’s immigration clampdown was the primary driver of rising sentencing figures in 2018, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

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Ocasio-Cortez: Stop Treating Schools as ‘Mini-Jails’

The Crime Report, Apr 2019 -- In a free-wheeling appearance to an overflow crowd of students in New York, the rising star of the progressive wing of Democratic politics said radical changes in prison and juvenile justice policies were essential to rebuilding the country’s political agenda.

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The Silenced Voices at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Crime Report, March 2019 -- A chaotic system created by U.S. authorities keeps destitute asylum-seekers waiting weeks in Mexican border cities like Tijuana for permission to file their claims—effectively reinforcing Washington’s hardline immigration policies. A TCR special report tells their stories.

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A Kidnapping? No, Just ICE Agents ‘Doing Their Jobs’

The Crime Report, Jan 2019 -- A study by the Immigrant Defense Project finds that the federal agency strategically targets New York courthouses for undocumented immigrant arrests— a move it claims will have a chilling effect on immigrants’ willingness to collaborate with courts across the state.

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Meek Mill Launches $50 Million Crusade for Justice

The Crime Report, Jan 2019 -- The hip-hop superstar may be the most famous American caught in a byzantine system of probation and parole that can send former incarcerees back to prison for “technical offenses.” With support from wealthy friends in the sports, finance and entertainment worlds, he’s now spearheading a movement to develop alternatives.

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/ Highlights /

Pieces that I found particularly challenging, impactful, and/or exemplary of my work

Note: This is a sampling, but not an exhaustive list, of my translation work.

The White Flag of Hunger

Carlos Dada, co-founder, El Faro; Jul 2020 (Read)

Long-form investigative essay on widespread & chronic hunger amid the Covid-19 pandemic in El Salvador

Violence against women has not slowed during the pandemic

María Luz Nóchez & Valeria Guzmán, El Faro; May 2020 (Read)

Searing investigation of the heightened incidence of domestic violence under El Salvador's rigid nationwide stay-at-home order

Bukele Spent a Year Negotiating with MS-13 for a Reduction in Homicides & Electoral Support

El Faro; September 2020 (Read)

Groundbreaking investigation into the covert negotiations between the Bukele administration and MS-13, subverting months of official posturing and anti-gang rhetoric.

Series: Retorno

Ximena Villagrán & Elsa Cabria, El Intercambio/Documented NY; 2020

Three-part investigation into the effects of a multibillion-dollar US-led development plan on emigration from Honduras, Guatemala & El Salvador. Translated & edited.

  • Part 1: Honduras Pledged Billions to its Deportees; Where Did the Money Go? (Read)
  • Part 2, Guatemala: United States v. Griselda Domingo-Godínez (Read)
  • Part 3: Why People from El Salvador Still Feel Forced to Migrate to the United States (Read)

Remembering My Neighbor Ernesto Cardenal

Sergio Ramírez, El Faro; Mar 2020 (Read)

Rousing tribute to Cardenal, influential Nicaraguan poet and priest

/ Photo Essays & Multimedia /

The Pandemic's Deadly Display; El Faro; Jul 2020 (View)

In Jesuit Massacre Trial, Montano Shifts Blame...; El Faro; Jun 2020 (View)

Bukele Places La Libertad under Military Lockdown; El Faro; Apr 2020 (View)

Honduras: A Democracy Shielding Criminals; El Faro; Apr 2020 (View)

If I Stay Home, I'll Starve; El Faro; Mar 2020 (View)

/ Other Work /

Response from Journalist Cited in La Página's Allegations; UCA Human Rights Institute; Jul 2020 (Read)

Development Bank of El Salvador Ignored Internal Warnings...; El Faro; Jul 2020 (Read)

With Covid-19, Communities Fear Returning Migrants; GatoEncerrado; Jun 2020 (Read)

One Year Discovering Bukele; El Faro; Jun 2020 (Read)

Four Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 among People Deported to El Salvador; El Faro; May 2020 (Read)

On Bukele's Prison Crackdown; El Faro; May 2020 (Read)

El Salvador Backs U.S. Claims that Deportation Flights Are Covid-free; El Faro; May 2020 (Read)

Life & Death in a Government Quarantine Facility; El Faro; May 2020 (Read)

"Defending the Constitution Isn't Up to One Court..."; El Faro; Apr 2020 (Read)

Distance Learning without Internet in Guatemala; Plaza Pública; Apr 2020 (Read)

Toward a Christian Response to Coronavirus; El Faro; Apr 2020 (Read)

Preparing for Coronavirus, but with Hardly a Drop of Water; El Faro; Mar 2020 (Read)

Bukele’s International Credit Line...; El Faro; Mar 2020 (Read)

Const. Court to Bukele: Stop Using the Armed Forces...; El Faro; Feb 2020 (Read)

If an International Commission Meant to Fight Corruption...; El Faro; Feb 2020 (Read)

Giammattei Begins Term Alongside Allies of Jimmy Morales; El Faro; Feb 2020 (Read)

The Quid Pro Quo in Guatemala...; Nómada; Jan 2020 (Read)

Mexico Tricks Another Central American Caravan; El Faro; Jan 2020 (Read)

My Return to Journalism in Nicaragua; Confidencial; Jan 2020 (Read)

Former Soldiers from Atlacatl Batallion Testify...; El Faro; Jan 2020 (Read)

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