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Immigration Law

15 Journalists Selected for Immigration Fellowship - IJJ

"Fifteen journalists have been selected for a fellowship program on the educational, economic and social issues faced by immigrant children and their families. The Institute for Justice & Journalism is conducting its annual fellowship training program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, April 7-10.

Among the featured speakers are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press, who will teach a workshop on investigative techniques, and immigration attorney Dan Kowalski, who will conduct an immigration law seminar. Fellows will also hear from leaders comparing the civil rights and immigration rights movements, a documentary filmmaker who spent three years with Asian immigrant gangs in Atlanta and experts who have tracked the health and educational development of immigrant children over several years.

As part of their fellowships, reporters will be working on projects that will be published or broadcast by their news organizations. The fellows and their affiliated media outlets are:

  • Isaias Alvarado, La Opinion, Los Angeles
  • Monsy Alvarado, The Record, Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Marlon Bishop, Latino USA, New York
  • Yvette Cabrera, Voice of Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Fernanda Echavarri, Arizona Public Media, Tucson
  • Kristofer Husted, KBIA/Harvest Public Media, Columbia, Mo.
  • Amy Kiley, WABE, Atlanta
  • Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle
  • Sonia Narang, freelance radio journalist, southern Calif.
  • Laura Palminsano, KVNF Community Radio, western Colorado
  • Elida Perez, El Paso Times
  • Jeremy Raff, KQED, San Francisco
  • Perla Trevizo, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
  • Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Daily News
  • Amy Yurkanin, Birmingham News

The IJJ fellowship program is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children. The foundation’s Kids Count Data Center maintains the best available data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children.

After their training, previous IJJ fellows have produced thought-provoking, in-depth journalism on immigration issues, such as an eight-part multimedia series about first generation Texans, a photo essay on a family’s life on minimum wage and a three-part series on the human and financial costs of an Illinois county’s contract with federal agencies to house immigration detainees." - IJJ, March 2015.