Danielle Mackey


Historic shift in U.S. policy divides federal agencies and Trump administration over how to address gang violence

The Intercept, October 2018. With Cora Currier. Leia em português. Oswaldo joined the Salvadoran gang Barrio 18 when he was 14 years old. By the time he was in his … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Justice, from Colombia to Central America

The Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2018. A brick wall, the first layer of the barrier, encircles most of a city block on an unassuming street in Guatemala City. … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

El Salvador’s “iron fist” crackdown on gangs: A lethal policy with US origins

World Politics Review, Feb 2018. Editor’s Note: In July 2019, this story received an Honorable Mention by the National Press Club for the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence, which … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The corruption beneath the 2017 Honduran election chaos

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 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