Danielle Mackey


El Salvador’s ‘Iron Fist’ Crackdown on Gangs: A Lethal Policy With U.S. Origins

World Politics Review, Feb 2018. Late one morning in the fall of 2016, police officers handcuffed a group of middle school-aged boys on a street in a neighborhood on the … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The corruption beneath the 2017 Honduran election controversy

The Intercept, December 2017. On the night of December 2, 2017, a Honduran woman in the rural province of Olancho was protesting what she saw as a stolen election. The woman, … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Honduran presidential elections meet U.S. police training

The Intercept, December 2017. With Lee Fang.  Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, using the specter of rampant crime and the drug trade, won extensive support from the American government to … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

The cancellation of CAM, a refugee program for Central American children

The Intercept, November 2017. With Cora Currier. The State Department announced Wednesday evening the abrupt cancellation of a program that gave youth fleeing violence in Central America the chance to apply for … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

In El Salvador, controversy over increase in minimum wage

Equal Times, June 2017. En español, français. The municipality of Santo Tomas, El Salvador, absorbs the impacts of the maquila industry like a human body. Its daily routine ebbs and flows with the … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art as a passport in a city of borders

Huck Magazine, May 2017. Photos by Fred Ramos of El Faro.   Ivonne Reyes steps out of the house she rents near central San Salvador. The dark-haired 25-year-old flags down … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deported to El Salvador

The Intercept, May 2017.  See accompanying film by Leighton Akio Woodhouse and Pedro Armando Aparicio here. Thousands of miles from his home and family, Jose Escobar lives in a small … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · Leave a comment