I am a producer, video and photojournalist working as a freelancer for various media outlets on current events as well as investigative pieces, while also pursuing personal documentary projects focusing on under-reported issues and long-term projects about social, environmental, health, human rights and conflict topics in Latina America and the world based between San Francisco, California and San Salvador, El Salvador but always moving. I have help produce pieces for National Geographic, BBC Stories, CNN International, Vice News, Fusion, Newsy, SBS Datelaine among others. Media clients include: The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Marie Claire Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Stern, Foreign Policy, VQR, Der Spiegel among others. I am trilinual Spanish (fluent) & Italian (intermediate) Nowadays, I am based between San Francisco, California and San Salvador, El Salvador, but always moving.
For Many Kids In Honduras, The Options Are: Flee, Join A Gang, Or Train With The Military Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world and suffers from endemic gang violence, unemployment, grinding poverty, and political repression. Tens of thousands of people flee the Central American country each year, mainly to the US. The Guardians of the Homeland program is intended to give kids from poor, crime-ridden communities in this country of 9 million an alternative to joining gangs while learning about self-defense, self-esteem, and the fear of God. The program is a long-term bet by the country’s ruling party, which argues that it will help stabilize Honduras. “We are building the country that we have dreamt of,” said Gen. René Orlando Ponce Fonseca, the head of Honduras’s armed forces. The program, he added during an interview this month in his wood-paneled office in downtown Tegucigalpa, the capital, is “boosting patriotic fervor.”
Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself More than a decade later, coffee husk—or, as it’s better known, cascara—is having a moment. Starbucks Corp. recently introduced new drinks in the U.S. and Canada sweetened with cascara syrup, and offers a sugar topping made from the husk. Competitors such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Blue Bottle Coffee are adding it to their menus, too, as tea and a carbonated drink.
BBC STORIES / GANGS & GODS Ben Zand investigates the controversial case of Evelyn Hernandez, a Salvadoran teenager raped by a gang member and then jailed for 30 years for what her supporters say was a miscarriage. El Salvador has some of the harshest abortion laws in the world, with all forms of abortion being punished and cases of miscarriages and still births often being considered abortions. Women can be sentenced for up to 40 years for having one. In the case of Evelyn, her supporters say she has been wrongly imprisoned after having a miscarriage, with her opponents on the other side saying she killed her child. Ben speaks to the people who know the case best.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER / THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN EL SALVADOR - Correspondent Francesca Fiorentini sits down for an eye-opening interview with Salvadoran Women’s Rights Activist, Morena Herrera.
Lawyer For The Dead In El Salvador, home of the bloodiest gang violence in the world, we follow one man’s gruesome struggle to bring dignity and closure to the families of the victims.
Salvadorans brace for their worst nightmare Patrick Oppmann talks to Salvadoran deportees and government officials bracing for the day when the Trump administration will soon revoke the immigration status of 200,000
The Deported: Surviving El Salvador After President Trump's vow to crack down on gang violence, thousands are being deported. Sky News follows deportees in El Salvador. A warning: this report contains footage of a dead body in the aftermath of a murder.
A Salvadoran police officer stands guard during a night patrol in a neighborhood controlled by the Barrio 18 gang at the Santisima Trinidad community in the Soyapango district.
A Comandos de Salvamento volunteer at the scene of a fire and prepare to aid the firefighters contain the flames and put out the fire.
A Cuban migrant gets a hair cut inside shelter housing Cuban migrants. Thousands of Cuban migrants were stuck at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border due to the decision of the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega to close the border and now allow them to continue their journey to the United States.
Exiled by Force for IRIN News Tens of thousands of Salvadorans, among them large numbers of unaccompanied minors, feel they have no choice but to flee the country. Most try to reach the United States and apply for asylum, but many only get as far as Mexico, where they are intercepted by authorities. In the first five months of 2016, nearly 20,000 Salvadorans were deported from Mexico, back to the violence they were trying to escape. This audio slideshow by Salvadoran photographer Juan Carlos features the voices of young returnees talking about why they tried to flee.
The Wall Street Journal
Der Spiegel Magazine
NPR on Nicaragua
Mother Jones Magazine
The Daily Mail
Tumblr's Storyboard on El Salvador
The New Review Magazine on El Salvador
Foreign Policy Magazine on Honduras
NPR on Nicaragua