IWMF On the Ground

Read the stories from fellows as they report on the ground.

Through our blog, read the experiences from our fellows from our most recent reporting trip.

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…

Training for Hostile Environments in a Most Supportive Environment

IWMF fellow Patricia Clarembaux tries out her moves during self-defense training. We arrived at the training center in the mountains outside Mexico City in a couple of vans. At our first dinner, we made polite,…

What Would It Take To Feel Safe?

My border reporting focused on a monumental change in Mexico — a constitutional overhaul of the country’s justice system. I interviewed lawyers and judges, I visited the morgue in Ciudad Juarez and rode along with…

Meet the Fellow: Carolina Hidalgo

Photo by: Elaine Cromie Carolina Hidalgo likes covering criminal justice reform and immigration issues. Hidalgo’s passion about these issues might hit somewhat close to home, her being a person of color and her parents being…

Slide show: Hotel del Migrante Deportado

The Hotel del Migrante Deportado is a shelter that serves two groups: those recently deported from the United States and those recently arrived from Central America. A man who volunteers at the shelter checks migrants…

Slide show: Caminos de Vida

In late February 2019, Pastor Israel Cabrera received a call asking if his church, Caminos de Vida in El Paso, could accept 162 migrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – all of them families.…

Scenes from the northern and southern borders

As many differences as there are between the northern and southern U.S. borders, there are a lot of similarities. I’ve called Detroit, Michigan home the past couple of years and before I moved here, I…

Vero’s HEFAT course experience

I was so glad to have completed the Hostile Environment & First Aid Training course, HEFAT. After some experiences that I had gone through, before I had any training such as the HEFAT, I had…

Vero’s Adelante Reporting Fellowship Experience

I had never felt so safe while reporting until I traveled with the International Women’s Media Foundation team as part of the Adelante Reporting Fellowship along the U.S.-Mexico border. Their security advisors always made sure…