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  • FRONTLINE: Trafficked in America

    FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley tell the inside story of Guatemalan teens who were forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm in 2014.
  • Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

    Each week, hundreds of young people—teenagers and children—attempt to flee the gang warfare that has gripped large swaths of Central America, heading north, crossing thousands of miles in hopes of obtaining asylum or settling with relatives in the United States. From October 2013 through July of this year, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied minors arrived at our southern border. In this powerful documentary for The New York Times, Pulitzer Center grantees Brent and Craig Renaud trace the journey from the violent streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras through Guatemala and across the Suchiate River aboard flimsy rafts to Mexico. From there, some try to hop “the Beast”—a slow-moving freight train. Others hitchhike or simply make the long trek on foot. No matter the method they choose, the risk of arrest by authorities, abuse by human traffickers or abduction by drug cartels is a constant danger. As the debate on immigration takes center stage in the Republican presidential primary campaign, the Renaud brothers look at the causes and conditions that compel children to stake their lives on this dangerous journey. “Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis” shows us the reality of the so-called “illegals” who seek safe shelter in America. http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/100000003901101/central-america-child-migrants.html http://pulitzercenter.org/education/meet-journalists-renaud-honduras
  • Family Conglomerate Runs Suspect Cancer Charities

    How four cancer charities raised tens of millions of dollars from generous Americans and spent only fractions on actual donations to cancer patients. Zero evidence found of listed donations to overseas charities. Traveled to Guatemala to investigate phantom donations listed on charity IRS 990 tax forms.
  • Death on Sevenmile Road

    Reporter Melissa del Bosque spent two years trying to obtain video footage and documents to uncover the fatal shooting from a helicopter of two undocumented men and the wounding of another man. Del Bosque also traveled to Guatemala to interview a survivor of the shooting and speak with family members of the men who died. Through the journey, she unravels the legacy of U.S. military involvement in Guatemala and Texas’ rush to militarize the border and its deadly outcome on rural Sevenmile Road.
  • Who’s to blame for El Salvador’s gang violence?

    While countless news outlets rushed to cover protests against the flood of Central American migrants crossing into the United States this past summer, NewsHour Weekend took a different approach. They launched an investigation into why an estimated 230,000 Central Americans felt the need to flee countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their investigation, which focused on El Salvador, revealed that the current mass exodus of Salvadorans has actually been thirty years in the making. It was fueled by a combination of American foreign policy decisions in the 1980’s and an act of congress in the mid 1990’s. The story ultimately raises questions about United States culpability in the current predicament.
  • Finding Oscar - What Happened At Dos Erres

    The story of Oscar, a Guatemalan illegal immigrant who learns he was the survivor of a massacre that killed 250 people in a village in Guatemala thirty years ago. The story reconstructed the massacre, the investigations in both Guatemala and the United States and the extraordinary saga of Oscar, who learned that his life had been a lie and was reunited with his father. Series also showed how the Guatemalan military officers who committed the massacre brazenly eluded justice for years and how one of them won both U.S. and Canadian citizenship because of errors and oversights by U.S. and Canadian governments.
  • Finding Fernanda

    The book sheds a light on the extremely politicized landscape of Guatemala's adoption industry, a multi-million dollar trade that was highly profitable and barely regulated. In this corrupt system, children have been stolen, sold, and placed as orphans in well-intentioned Western families since international adoption began there in the 1980s. Yet the governments of Guatemala and the US proved to be unwilling to regulate the illegal baby trade.
  • Outsourcing Safety: Boeing Jets Repairs in El Salvador

    KIRO Team 7 investigators travel to El Salvador, uncovering a series of safety lapses at a Boeing jet maintenance facility. We found unqualified $2 an hour mechanics, the use of broken parts, failures to properly connect electrical wiring inside aircraft and the hiring of a work force that had trouble reading English-only Boeing jet repair manuals. This team of reporters also uncovered the locations of where major U.S. carriers take their jets out of the country for repair (Guadalajara, Taipei, Hong Kong, El Salvador, Beijing, Mexico City and Guatemala).
  • "Chapin Narco-connection from Guatemala to New York"

    Drug trafficking is on the rise in Guatemala. About "200 tons of cocaine" passes through the country annually on its way to New York. Drug-violence in the country is spreading, reaching levels comparable to that of Mexico. Authorities are only catching a small percentage of the drugs being smuggled, as well as the people who are doing the trafficking.
  • "Beyond the Verdict"

    After a minivan struck a school bus causing a wreck that killed four children, Olga Franco was accused of driving the van, convicted and sentenced to prison. Franco, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, maintains her innocence and says her then-boyfriend was operating the vehicle; however, he was not found in the vehicle when authorities arrived to the scene. The KMSP team investigates her claims to determine if the wrong person is in prison for the terrible tragedy.