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Points of Entry: Reporting on the Border

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Join Silvia Foster-Frau, Carlos Sanchez, and Dr. Jeremy Slack for a conversation that brings journalists and experts together to discuss the human rights and reporting challenges facing reporters who seek to cover news regarding immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. From large-scale surveillance and targeting of journalists to the denial of press access to detention centers around the country, this urgent discussion will explore what experts and journalists face in finding and sharing the truth about immigration.

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Silvia Foster-Frau is the immigration reporter for the San Antonio Express-News. After growing up in Illinois, Silvia lived in Mexico before attending Grinnell College where she graduated with a bachelor’s in English. Silvia has worked at Minnesota Public Radio, as a bilingual journalist for the Chicago newspaper Extra News, and in 2015 won the two-year Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Her awards include the 2018 San Antonio Express-News’ Reporter of the Year award, 2018 Texas AP’s Michael Brick Storytelling Award and the 2019 Texas AP Star Reporter of the Year in the biggest newspaper category.

Carlos Sanchez is the Senior Editor at Texas Monthly, where he became the news and politics editor in 2018. Previously, he served as editor of The Monitor in McAllen, TX for nearly five years and as managing editor of the Baton Rouge bureau of The Times-Picayune. Sanchez also worked as executive editor of The Waco Tribune-Herald for almost 10 years and in the newsrooms of The Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Washington Post.

Dr. Jeremy Slack is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Texas, El Paso. He received his PhD in geography from the University of Arizona. His research is focused on deportation and the problems forced removal creates for individuals and their families, the connections to place that are severed and how it has intersected with drug related violence on the border. Dr. Slack’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others. He has published widely in journals such as AreaAntipodePopulation Studies, International Migration Review, Human Organization, and The Journal of Migration and Human Security, among others. He edited In the Shadow of the Wall: Violence and Migration on the U.S. Mexico Border. His next book, Deported to Death: How Drug Violence is Changing Migration on the U.S. Mexico Border, explores the danger of mass removal from the United States.