Immigration Track: Finding the story: Immigration (intro)

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Silvia Foster-Frau of San Antonio Express-News; Lomi Kriel of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: River Oaks A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The numbers surrounding immigration can be daunting and hard to track down. And then there’s the alphabet soup for the agencies arresting, detaining and deporting migrants and their children: CBP, ICE, DHS, EOIR, HHS, ORR.

In this session, we’ll break down those acronyms and explain who does what. We’ll show you where to find data, and how to interpret it. And then we’ll talk about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government’s not providing you the numbers you need.

This session is good for: Anyone. No technical skills are needed for this workshop.

Speaker Bios

  • Silvia Foster-Frau covers immigration for the San Antonio Express-News. She won Texas AP Star Reporter of the Year in the biggest newspaper category for her work last year covering immigration and the Sutherland Springs community's recovery from the 5th deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. She has lived in Spain and in Mexico, was a Hearst Journalism Fellow from 2015-2017, and graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor's in English in 2015. @SilviaElenaFF

  • Lomi Kriel is a reporter with the ProPublica-Texas Tribune investigative unit. Previously she was a reporter at the Houston Chronicle covering immigration, often focused on the border. She received the 2019 George Polk Award for national reporting.

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