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Erin Siegal McIntyre
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Erin Siegal McIntyre is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a Redux Pictures photographer, and the author of Finding Fernanda (Beacon Press, 2012). She's a producer/correspondent for Univision Documentales and a contributor to the public radio collaboration Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk.

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American Implicated in Congo Child-smuggling Ring

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:46 PM

At least one U.S. citizen --and possibly more--has been implicated in a child-trafficking scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) while allegedly trying to smuggle kids out of the African country for the purpose of adoption, according to local press reports.

Radio Okapi reported this week that Congolese authorities...

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Not All Migrant Kids Are Equal: Central Americans Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get the Boot

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Originally published, with accompanying video, on

When I meet Kevin* inside a Tijuana shelter, he stares straight into my eyes and asks me an urgent question. Can you pass me over there?

He's slender, 16, and the words fall from his mouth without pause....

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Million Dollar Makeover? Behind Baja California's New Image

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:04 PM

In a hushed beige room at San Diego's Hotel Handlery, clusters of well-dressed American public relations executives mingled. The February luncheon -- formally titled "How PR Shaped Baja California's Resurgence" -- was an insider's look at the inner workings of a highly regarded campaign.

The pay-per-plate event, thrown...

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Tijuana Families Seek Hope, Closure in Victims' Remains

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 3:05 PM

Reporting from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of public radio stations along the border and Southwest United States. Listen to the original radio feature here.

TIJUANA, Mexico -- In the impoverished neighborhood of Ejido Maclovio Rojas, in eastern Tijuana, most residents have neither electricity nor...

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US Vets With Green Cards, Deported After Serving Prison Sentence

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:05 AM

Meet deported Vietnam combat veteran Hector Barrios. Barrios was deported to Mexico due to a criminal conviction related to possession of marijuana. Today, he lives in an impoverished section of Tijuana, where he works at a taco stand and earns a few dollars a week.

Here's Barrios, in his...

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Life After Deportation: Exploring the Impacts and Effects of U.S. Immigration Policy

(28) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Erin Siegal/ Redux Pictures

According to current U.S immigration policy, every non-citizen convicted of any charge among a long list of misdemeanor and felony offenses is automatically deported, even if the conviction is for a non-violent offense or one that occurred many years ago....

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Thousands in Tijuana March Against Peña Nieto

(23) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:36 PM

In nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, tens of thousands of Mexicans peacefully took to the streets in protest of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, accusing his party, the PRI, of corruption and vote-buying. In Mexico City, a reported 50,000 people participated in the "MegaMarcha," while a simultaneous demonstration in...

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Who Killed Brad Will?

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 5:09 PM

TIJUANA, MEXICO- Early last Wednesday morning, authorities in Oaxaca, Mexico announced that they had detained a man accused of killing Indymedia journalist Brad Will. The man, Lenin Osorio Ortega, is charged with the October 27, 2006 shooting that mortally wounded Will, who had been documenting demonstrations and street riots in...

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Losing the Count: Gender Disparity in the Mainstream Media

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Source: VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Click here to view the entire series of pie charts.

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review my latest column takes a look at gender disparity in...

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Mexico Adoption Bust Reveals Vast Child Trafficking Ring

(104) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 4:30 PM

A child trafficking ring uncovered by Mexican police in mid-January in Guadalajara, Jalisco, has not only operated since the 1980's, a decade earlier than previously reported, but has also provided hundreds of children to adoptive families in other countries. The story began unraveling on January 9, 2012, after...

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Excerpt: Finding Fernanda

(8) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 4:44 PM

What began as my Master's project at Columbia's Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting quickly evolved into a complex investigation of $30,000 U.S. dollars, four Guatemalan "orphans," one nonprofit evangelical Christian adoption agency, a family-run child-trafficking ring, one infant cut from her unconscious mother's womb, two tiny missing sisters,...

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