The Journalist

Senior Fellow Erin Siegal McIntyre has focused on investigating and reporting on immigration issues since 2012, when she was honored by the Open Society Foundation with a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellowship to report on deportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

She is the author of the award-winning book "Finding Fernanda," (Beacon Press, May 8, 2012; Cathexis Press, November 1, 2011), which she examines fraudulent, criminal, and corrupt practices in international adoption between Guatemala and the United States. Read McIntyre's full bio here>


Death & Danger
 at the U.S.-Mexico Border


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Is rape the price migrant women must pay for chasing the American Dream?

Is rape the price migrant women must pay for the American Dream?

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare. A staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way, according to directors of migrant shelters interviewed by Schuster Institute Senior Fellow and Fusion Reporter Erin Siegal McIntyre and Mexico Reporter Deborah Bonello in this video report for Fusion (9/10/2014).


Children Report High-Level Abuse at American Detention Centers

Immigrant boy photo by Sara May

This 12-year-old boy was recently caught trying to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. with his father. They planned to try again in a couple of days. Photo | Sara May.

Read These Kids' Horrifying Tales of Abuse in U.S. Detention Facilities, Erin Siegal McIntyre, July 9, 2014, Take Part.


US Policy Allows Mexican Youth Trying to Cross the Mexico-US Border to be Returned Within 48 Hours

Mexican child immigrant photo Erin Siegal McIntyre

Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get the Boot, Erin Siegal McIntyre, July 10, 2014, Fusion.



Migrants Attempting Entry to the U.S. through Arizona Face Likelihood of a Slow, Painful Death

A discarded shoe lies along the porous U.S.-Mexico border fence which stretches through the Sonoran Desert. 2011 Getty Images

A discarded shoe lies along the porous U.S.-Mexico border fence which stretches through the Sonoran Desert.
Photo |  2011 Getty Images 

STRICTER ENFORCEMENT and more agents along the southern U.S. border mean determined migrants may choose to attempt entry through terrain that leads many to their deaths, says Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Erin Siegal McIntyre.

Death in the desert: The dangerous trek between Mexico and Arizona
Erin Siegal McIntyre, March 11, 2014, Al Jazeera America



How and why teenagers are smuggling hard drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border

People crossing from Mexico to the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, November 2013. Photo John Moore / Getty Images

Some 90,000 people cross daily between Tijuana and San Diego at the San Ysidro port. 
Photo | John Moore/Getty Images

DRUG CARTELS are increasingly recruiting teenagers to smuggle drugs across the border. Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Erin Siegal McIntyre explores the reasons why, and what’s being done to discourage the upward trend.

Teenage drug mules: Cartels are tapping minors to smuggle meth, coke
Erin Siegal McIntyre, Feb. 19, 2014, Al Jazeera America



Family ties push unauthorized migrants to make the dangerous, sometimes deadly, journey to the U.S.

“Tiger” Martinez with his daughter, KiaraCourtesy Betty Alvarez

"Tiger" Martinez is pictured with his daughter, Kiara. 
Photo | Betty Alvarez

WHILE ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS have dropped dramatically, border deaths have risen reports Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Erin Siegal McIntyre. McIntyre’s article recounts several journeys of "Tiger" Martinez back and forth between Honduras and New York City to visit family. Reports show he was deported four times. He attempted his last journey through the Sonoran Desert. His body was found and identified in Cochise County.

The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office has recorded 2,100 deaths along the Arizona-Mexico border since 2001, says McIntyre. The article includes two maps that show points along the border at which bodies have been found.

Border Deaths: The Last Crossing of Tiger Martinez
Erin Siegal McIntyre and Seth Freed Wessler, Feb.25, 2014, Al Jazeera America