Marine vet Jesus Juarez, 61, is trying to find a way to reunite with his family in San Diego after a criminal record led to his deportation to Mexico.


Deported veterans try to return to the country they fought for

Dorian Merina | American Homefront Project | June 2017

A two-part audio and visual story exploring the fate of U.S. military veterans facing deportation. Aired on KPCC, WNYC's The Takeaway, WBUR's Here and Now, NPR's American Homefront Project. "Not too many people are willing to put on a uniform and go fight, and it's the reason we have these freedoms today is because of these men and women," said former Army Paratrooper Hector Barajas.

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Studio interview with KPCC's A. Martínez on the reporting behind the story

A dtainee sits in a holding room at the Adelanto Detention Facility, about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Photo by Maya Sugarman / KPCC


Inside the Adelanto detention facility: Troubled history, vows for reform

Dorian Merina | SCPR | October 2016

California's largest privately-run immigrant detention facility – and a key holding site for immigrants from Southern California – recorded lapses in care during a four-year period when at least three detainees have died. A multi-part investigation featuring interviews with former detainees, families and enforcement agents. "It was scary, really scary," said C. Hidalgo, a former detainee...

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Climate change is challenging modern agriculture's way of working the land, such as this field in Oxnard, California.


Climate Change: A four-part series

Dorian Merina | Positively Filipino | Spring 2017

We already see and feel the changes, in the sweat on our brow, the crops in our fields and the shoreline by our homes. Science is now filling in more of the picture of a rapidly changing world and demonstrating, with more evidence than ever before, that those changes are driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. A four-part series published in the online magazine, Positively Filipino:

Attention, Filipinos: Climate Change is Here. Now. (January 2017)
What's Driving Climate Change: The science behind it. (February 2017)
Wanted: A New Agriculture to Face Climate Change (April 2017)
Climate Refugees (May 2017)


The extended Hernández-Gonzalez family in their home in La Quinta. The two boys, Alejandro, far left, and Luis, second from left, were both granted asylum in 2016 after fleeing violence in El Salvador.


After Asylum: 'My New Country, Everything is Different'

Dorian Merina | SCPR | November 2016

For a year, I followed a family from El Salvador, whose teenage children made a dangerous journey north to reunite with a distant parent. ""I was very afraid, not knowing if I should go forward or turn back. I thought a lot about my family – mostly about my grandmother who was still stuck back home," said Alejandro."I was torn whether to continue or return."

PART ONE: My new country, everything is different

PART TWO: Our children have lost their freedom

Charles Beatty holds an X-Ray of the bullet that is still lodged near his spine 15 years after being shot in the back by police in June 2000. Photo by Maya Sugarman / KPCC.


The last time an LAPD officer was criminally charged for a shooting was 15 years ago. Hear the story – from both men's perspectives

Dorian Merina | SCPR | November 2015

A chase, traffic ticket – and angry confrontation later, Orosco pulled his gun and fired four shots at Beatty as he drove away.
“At that point the window shattered and I saw him like slump over,” Orosco said.  “And I'm thinking, 'Oh my god, I just killed this person.' "

“I blame the people that taught him how to do this. I blame the training that he got. That's the bottom line," said Beatty.

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