Eileen Truax

Eileen Truax is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist who covers migration, politics and US-Mexico relations. She was born in Mexico City, where she was a political reporter and a Congress correspondent. In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles. For seven years she worked for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-Language newspaper in the US. Her work has been published in El Universal, Reforma and Hoy Los Angeles newspapers; Americas Quarterly, Proceso and Gatopardo magazines, and the Spanish editions of The New York Times, Newsweek and Vice, among others. She’s the author of Dreamers, an Immigrant Generation’s fight for their American Dream (Océano, 2013; Beacon Press, 2015). She has two forthcoming books: Mexicanos al Grito de Trump. Historias de triunfo y Resistencia en Estados Unidos (Planeta, 2017), and We Built the Wall. How the US keeps out asylum seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond (Verso, 2018). Her current work focuses on stories about immigrant youth in Spain. Eileen holds a B.A. in Social Communication and an M.A. in Communication and Politics. She has been a fellow with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ); the Knight Digital Media Center, and the Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism (FNPI). She has been a board member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). She has received the José Martí Publishing Award from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP 2010, 2015); the Media Woman of the Year Award from the California State Legislature (2010); and an Honorary Mention from the Inter-American Press Society (2016).