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 recognizes excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues. Late one morning in the fall of 2016, police officers handcuffed a group of middle... Continue Reading →

Behind the 2017 Honduran election chaos: Narco-ranchers and uncouth political alliances

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, eight months pregnant, stood in the streets in violation of a national curfew, and she screamed alongside a rebellious multitude, “Fuera JOH!” (“Out JOH!”), referring... Continue Reading →

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 rural community in La Unión, El Salvador, amid fields of sugar cane and corn, bordered by the Chaparrastique volcano and the Gulf of Fonseca. Escobar,... Continue Reading →

A Salvadoran writer goes into exile

The New Yorker, February 2016. Before it dawned on him that he would have to flee his country—a realization aided by a series of death threats in November of last year—the Salvadoran writer Jorge Galán had some questions for Father Jon Sobrino, an elderly Jesuit priest. Father Sobrino is from Spain, but he has spent... Continue Reading →

Fatal Misstep: Police malfeasance in Missouri

The RiverFront Times, February 2015. A handcuffed student drowned in custody of the Missouri Highway Patrol. One witness seeks justice with a rogue investigation. Larry Moreau and his family were cruising the Lake of the Ozarks on a sunny Saturday last May when they noticed a Missouri Highway Patrol boat race past them. Moreau, an engineer from nearby Jefferson... Continue Reading →

What Awaits Unaccompanied Minors in New York

CityLimits, October 2014. Angelica is one of the lucky ones. A "smart and bubbly" 8 year old Honduran girl who "loves, loves, loves math," according to the director of the legal advocacy organization that helped her, Angelica is one of an estimated 60,000 undocumented minors from Central America caught since October 2013 while trying to flee... Continue Reading →

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑