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About Stephania
Stephania Corpi was born in 1984 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She is a Mexican-French journalist who focuses on migration, human rights, gender equality and other under reported issues. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and after graduating worked as a reporter and editor at Reporte Indigo for five years covering politics, corruption and violence in Mexico. After moving to Peru in 2013, her freelance work for the past seven years has led her to photograph and report from Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and throughout Central America for outlets such as Washington Post, El Pais, Thomson Reuters Foundation, WPR, The Guardian, Vogue Latin America, and Esquire Spain, among other local media outlets. 

In 2019, she attended the first Summer School at the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, where discussions focused on the future of journalism, paywalls, fake news, and AI in Media. She was also selected to attend the workshop “Reporting on refugees and migration through the eyes of children” at the Dart Center at the University of Columbia where she received a scholarship to report on the migration of Nicaraguan migrant children to Costa Rica. She has also received a grant from the Ministry of Culture of Peru Direction of Audiovisual, Phonography and New Media (DAFO) to develop a multimedia platform covering the routes of Venezuelans migrating to Peru.

She’s also a fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on the Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice in the Americas Program where she’s currently developing a project. She owns a certifications from Berkley Advanced Media on Podcasting. She’s also currently enrolled at the International Center of Photography on the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism and a recipient of the ICP’s Director Fellowship.
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Drowning deaths of several migrants at US-Mexico border heightens tensions even more

18 Jan 2024  |  www.npr.org
A mother, Victerma de la Sancha, and her two children drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River into Texas from Mexico. They were part of a family trying to escape violence in their hometown, controlled by drug cartels. The incident highlights the dangers of the crossing and the impact of political policies on border security. The Biden administration is challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott's policy that prevents federal agents from accessing parts of the border, which has led to legal actions and the involvement of the U.S. Supreme Court. The family's tragedy underscores the human cost of the ongoing conflict at the US-Mexico border.

Texas attorney general asks federal court for quick action to prevent destruction of border barriers

30 Oct 2023  |  houstonpublicmedia.org
The Texas Attorney General's office has filed an emergency motion against federal border agents for allegedly increasing the destruction of barriers near the Rio Grande. The state claims this facilitates illegal entry and has named several federal officials as defendants. The motion seeks a temporary restraining order while the lawsuit proceeds. This follows Operation Lone Star, initiated by Governor Abbott, which includes deploying state forces to the border. The Department of Justice has not responded to the motion. Concurrently, a panel dismissed a lawsuit challenging Governor Abbott's executive order prohibiting transport of undocumented immigrants by anyone other than law enforcement, though this does not affect a separate injunction by the Biden administration.

Officials Say US-Mexico Haitian Migrant Crisis Is Far From Over

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
UN officials and others warn that the Haitian migrant crisis is ongoing, with tens of thousands of migrants still stranded along the route from South America through Panama and north via Mexico. The situation remains critical at the US-Mexico border, particularly in Ciudad Acuña.

Mexico agrees to deport migrants after El Paso reaches “breaking point”

26 Sep 2023  |  www.houstonpublicmedia.org
Mexico will deport migrants from northern border cities to alleviate pressure on U.S. border cities like El Paso, which has reached a breaking point with migrant arrivals. The agreement with U.S. immigration officials comes as both Eagle Pass and El Paso struggle to shelter and transport migrants after processing. The deportations will be negotiated with countries of origin, and the U.S. has offered technical assistance. The announcement follows a meeting in Juárez with Mexican, American, and Ferromex officials. Migrant apprehensions have surged recently, with El Paso seeing daily arrivals nearly double from August to over 2,000. The city has opened an overflow shelter and is purchasing a school building for additional space. Border Patrol attributes the surge to organized crime tactics, while the Biden administration has extended temporary protected status to Venezuelans.

Eagle Pass mayor predicts more migrants will follow the 4,000 people searching for hope and safety

22 Sep 2023  |  texasstandard.org
Eagle Pass, Texas, is experiencing an unprecedented surge in migrants seeking asylum, with over 4,000 arrivals this week and expectations of up to 9,000 more. Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr. has declared a disaster, prompting the Department of Defense to send additional troops to assist. The city's resources are strained, leading to a reallocation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star, which involves arresting migrants on state charges, faces criticism for rights violations and overstepping federal authority. Abbott claims Border Patrol agents cut razor wire installed by Texas, and he has responded by deploying more National Guard troops. Local Democratic party chair Juanita Martinez accuses Republicans of fearmongering. Despite deterrence efforts by Texas, the U.S., and Mexico, migrant numbers are rising due to worsening conditions in Central America and Venezuela. The Biden administration has expanded TPS for Venezuelans, excluding recent arrivals.

Eagle Pass issues disaster declaration as more than 4,000 migrants cross over two days

21 Sep 2023  |  www.houstonpublicmedia.org
Eagle Pass, Texas, Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr. declared an emergency after over 4,000 migrants crossed into the city, overwhelming local services. U.S. Customs and Border Protection shifted resources to manage the situation, while the city's shelter struggled to accommodate asylum seekers. Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star, which involves arresting migrants on state charges, has faced criticism and legal challenges. The Biden administration expanded TPS for Venezuelans and plans to deploy active-duty personnel to the border. Grupo Mexico suspended train services due to migrant safety concerns.

The Anti-Abortion Political Dispute in America: The Fallacy of 'New Communism' as a Pretext to Undermine Rights

24 Jun 2023  |  elpais.com
The anti-abortion political dispute in America has intensified, with conservative and evangelical groups forming alliances against reproductive rights, leveraging the fallacy of 'new communism' to discredit progressive positions. These groups have expanded their influence across the continent, from the United States to Latin America, impacting public policies and reversing advancements in reproductive rights. The article highlights cases from Texas to Argentina, where legal strategies and direct citizen action have been employed to restrict abortion access. Despite recent progressive government victories, the conservative power nucleus continues to condition public policies and, in some cases, reverse progress. The article also discusses the role of international conservative lobbies and their long-term strategies to influence reproductive rights legislation in Latin America.

E5: News from Home

10 May 2023  |  TPR
Linda builds a new life in California but remains haunted by news from home, where members of Pueblos Unidos were detained in Michoacan with weapons from the U.S. Her future hinges on the U.S. asylum system, which rarely favors Mexicans, leaving her and thousands of other asylum seekers in a state of uncertainty.

E3: Tears from Tijuana

19 Apr 2023  |  TPR
After fleeing Ixtaro hidden under blankets in a truck with her family, Linda encounters a new barrier at the border: U.S. immigration policies. Haunted by her memories and pain, she meets Beto, a man in a migrant shelter, who becomes her lifeline on her journey to a safe place.

Mexican government vows to continue legal fight against U.S. gun manufacturers

07 Sep 2022  |  www.texasstandard.org
The Mexican government continues its legal battle against U.S. gun manufacturers, accusing them of negligence and contributing to violence in Mexico. Despite a recent ruling dismissing their claims, Mexico plans to appeal and file new lawsuits targeting gun dealers. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields gun manufacturers from liability, is a significant obstacle. The case highlights the complex issue of arms trafficking and the involvement of criminal organizations. Mexican authorities and U.S. lawmakers advocating for gun control support the lawsuit, emphasizing corporate responsibility in addressing gun violence.

A Haitian Odyssey E5: 'America'

15 Jun 2022  |  TPR
After displacement from Haiti, an exodus from South America, and an epic journey through the Americas, the final episode of 'Line in the Land' explores the outcomes of Haitians' pursuit of the American dream. Dachka, Jean Jeanbaptiste, and others share their experiences and where they ended up.

Reporter’s Notebook: America, Guns & Mexico

05 Jun 2022  |  tpr.org
The article covers the NRA convention in Houston, Texas, and the broader implications of U.S. gun policies on violence in both the U.S. and Mexico. It highlights the Mexican government's lawsuit against gun manufacturers, the impact of gun smuggling on Mexico, and the differing perspectives on gun ownership and control. The author, who attended the NRA convention, contrasts the views of NRA members with those protesting outside the event. The piece also touches on the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting and the ongoing debate about gun rights, self-defense, and the Second Amendment in the U.S.

The new anti-abortion tactics of the far-right in America

24 Oct 2021  |  El País México
An investigation by EL PAÍS reveals that a network of centers affiliated with the conservative American organization Heartbeat International (HI) operates in Latin America under deceptive pretenses, posing as feminist and pro-abortion sites while actually working to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies. The centers, found in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Mexico, provide false information about abortion and offer illegal adoption processes. The article highlights the influence of HI in the region, its connections with the Republican Party, and the legal and ethical concerns raised by these practices. Experts criticize these tactics as manipulative and harmful to women's reproductive rights.

The new anti-abortion tactics of the far right in the Americas

24 Oct 2021  |  EL PAÍS English
An investigation by EL PAÍS reveals that Heartbeat International, a far-right US organization, operates a network of centers in Latin America that mislead women about abortion and promote illegal adoption processes. These centers, posing as feminist support groups, manipulate women to carry pregnancies to term by providing false information and promises of adoption. The investigation highlights the organization's influence in countries like Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Argentina, and its connections with the Republican Party. Experts criticize these tactics as harmful and misleading, emphasizing the negative impact on women's reproductive rights.

Del Rio International Bridge Reopens As U.S. And Mexico Clear Out Unprecedented Migrant Encampment

27 Sep 2021  |  hppr.org
The Del Rio International Bridge, a key trade route between Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, has reopened after being closed due to an encampment of around 16,000 migrants, mostly Haitians. The U.S. government has relocated many migrants, including deportations to Haiti. Local economic concerns were raised due to the closure's impact. Mexican police moved migrants from a camp to a temporary shelter with poor conditions. U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest over the handling of the situation. The Biden administration's TPS does not cover Haitians who traveled to the U.S. after May, despite recent turmoil in Haiti.

After The U.S. Cleared A Migrant Camp, The Border At Del Rio Reopens

27 Sep 2021  |  www.npr.org
The Del Rio International Bridge, a crucial economic link between the United States and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, has reopened after being closed due to a large encampment of Haitian migrants. Approximately 16,000 migrants were relocated, many back to Haiti. The closure resulted in significant economic losses for Ciudad Acuna, with the National Chamber of Commerce estimating nearly $8 million lost in one week. Mexican police moved migrants to a temporary shelter, which lacked adequate facilities. Pastor Gerardo Ledesma criticized the U.S. and Mexican governments for their handling of the situation. Meanwhile, a steady influx of Haitian migrants continues to arrive in Panama, aiming to reach the U.S.

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The migration that is changing the face of Latin America

08 Nov 2019  |  El País América
Latin America is experiencing a significant transformation due to the influx of Venezuelan migrants, with Peru and Brazil becoming major transit points. The closure of borders has exacerbated the challenges faced by migrants, including extortion by military officials. The United Nations' International Organization for Migration reports that 4.5 million Venezuelans, or 16.3% of the population, now live outside their country, with 88% in Latin America. The crisis has worsened with deteriorating living conditions and political conflict between Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó. Migrants, including professionals like doctors and nurses, have been forced to leave, impacting Venezuela's healthcare system. The journey is fraught with difficulties, from illegal activities to exploitation. Despite the hardships, migrants like Francisco Morales and Adner Guerra hold onto memories of better times under Hugo Chávez, while acknowledging the current regime's failures. Host countries face challenges such as xenophobia and border control, with the Venezuelan migration altering the region's dynamics.

Superstition drives child sex trafficking in Peru’s gold rush

13 Aug 2018  |  taipeitimes.com
In Peru's Madre de Dios, amidst an illegal gold mining boom, superstition among miners drives child sex trafficking, with many believing sex with virgins brings good luck. Poverty leads families to sell children into the sex trade, while others are lured by false job promises. Despite government crackdowns on illegal mining and rescues of trafficking victims, structural issues like poverty and lack of opportunities remain unaddressed. The US Department of State's report highlights the high demand for commercial sex in mining towns as an incentive for traffickers. Local efforts by lawyers and charities continue to fight against these practices, but challenges such as fear, shame, and entrenched beliefs complicate the situation.

Superstition drives child sex trafficking in Peru's gold rush

10 Aug 2018  |  dailymail.co.uk
In Peru's Madre de Dios, amidst an illegal gold mining boom, child sex trafficking is rampant, driven by poverty and superstition among miners that sex with virgins brings good luck. Girls as young as 12 are sold into the sex trade by their families or lured by false job promises, often ending up in debt bondage. Despite government efforts to shut down illegal mines and rescue victims, the structural causes like poverty and lack of opportunities remain unaddressed. The U.S. State Department's report highlights the high demand for commercial sex in mining towns as a key incentive for traffickers.
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