Maya Averbuch


Maya Averbuch is a freelance journalist based in Mexico, where she covers immigration and politics. She has published with The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, WIRED, Foreign Policy, HuffPost, MEDIUM, and Guernica. She has focused her reporting on Central American immigrants, including deportees who are returning to the U.S., separated families in Guatemala, and people looking from their lost migrant relatives from El Salvador. She has extensively covered the migrant caravans that crossed Mexico. She is a graduate of the Yale Journalism Initiative, and a recipient of the university’s Parker Huang Fellowship for reporting. She is originally from New York City and currently based in Mexico City.

En Español

Maya Averbuch es una periodista estadounidense basada en México, donde cubre temas de migración y política. Ella ha trabajado para The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, WIRED, Foreign Policy, HuffPost, MEDIUM, and Guernica. Enfoca sus historias en los migrantes centroamericanas, incluso quienes han sido deportados, familias que han sido reunificados en Guatemala con sus hijos después de meses aparte, y personas del El Salvador que buscan sus parientes desparecidos que intentaron migrar. Cubrió las caravanas migrantes que han pasado por México. Ella se graduó del Yale Journalism Initiative y recibió la beca Parker Huang de la universidad para periodismo independiente. Ella es originaria de la ciudad de Nueva York y vive al momento en la Ciudad de México.

Reporting Locations


| Maya Averbuch, Kate Linthicum

Where are Mexico’s disappeared? Many have been in government graves all along

    Unidentified bodies are buried in a mass grave in Tijuana in 2018.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)   TIJUANA —  After hearing that her 44-year-old son had been murdered in downtown Tijuana, Guadalupe Aragón Sosa went…

A Day on the Shore in Ensenada

One of the most heartening parts of this reporting trip is when we took a break from interviews. We had gone to a city outside of Tijuana to interview a woman who had been separated…

Meet the Fellow: Elaine Cromie

  Elaine Cromie has broken five pairs of glasses in the last several years. She’s moved from the small town of Hayden, Colorado, overlooking the mountains, to the humming, factory-filled city of Tijuana, Mexico. She’s…

Inside the Morgue – In A City With the World’s Highest Homicide Rate

We had come to the morgue talk to the medical examiner about the rate at which bodies go unidentified, as the city’s homicide rate last year became the highest on record. The neighbors in Tijuana…

| Verónica G. Cárdenas, Maya Averbuch

How Ciudad Juarez is bracing for more migrants under US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

Migrants seeking asylum take temporary shelter at Gimnasio de Bachilleres, a high school gymnasium in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Feb. 28, 2019.Credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas/The World A lone shelter used to be enough to house…