In Mexico, where the bodies are buried // Drones sobrevuelan tierras de fosas

The Verge, May 2019. En español en Periodistas de a Pie. Photography by Ximena Natera, with reporting support from Miguel Ángel León Carmona. Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. Now, the mothers of the missing are digging them up, armed with iron rods and quadcopter drones.   Roberto Carlos... Continue Reading →

A speech: Types of belonging created by mano dura

A March 2019 presentation at the University of Notre Dame, as part of its conference, "Belonging: The Church of Romero and Gangs." The subject of the panel on which I spoke alongside anthropologist Juan José Martinez was, "Gangs in El Salvador as a transnational form of belonging." A main focus of my reporting in recent... Continue Reading →

Leaving the Battlefield

The Intercept, November 2018. There are an estimated 60,000 gang members in El Salvador. Benjamin knew many who wanted to leave the gangs. He wanted to show them it was possible. Benjamin suspected the Salvadoran gang Barrio 18 Revolucionarios would kill him when he asked permission to leave. He was 21 years old and had... Continue Reading →

Deported into a Nightmare

The Atlantic, June 2018, Honduras. Edwin Vásquez, a 16-year-old, is learning how to live with fear. One afternoon last fall, as he played soccer on a field near his house in La Rivera Hernández in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, gunfire suddenly rang out, and he barely dodged bullets meant for him. Lurking around the field... Continue Reading →

The Rise of the Net Center: Anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala vs. an army of trolls

The Intercept, April 2018. With Cora Currier. En Español aquí. At 6:02 A.M. on August 27, 2017, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, uploaded a video statement to Twitter declaring the former Colombian judge Iván Velásquez a persona non grata and ordering his expulsion from the country. Velásquez is investigating corruption on behalf of a United Nations-backed commission... Continue Reading →

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