Series of documentaries and short news docs I have worked as a producer.
VICE NEWS-MOTHERBOARD / HOW BITCOIN BECAME EL EL SALVADOR'S CURRENCY
Along the coast of El Salvador lies the small town of El Zonte, known mostly for ecotourism and surfing. Even decades after being discovered by tourists and surfers the small town of 3,000 locals never had the infrastructure for an ATM. But, this past year El Zonte finally caught a wave of its own and now (oddly enough) is home to a Bitcoin ATM.
PBS NEWSHOUR / MIGRANTS MEET MILITARIZED BORDERS, KIDNAPPERS ON DANGEROUS CHASE OF THE "AMERICAN DREAM"
This past March, a group of Honduran migrants formed a large caravan fleeing Central America for the United States. President Joe Biden has incentivized Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to militarize their borders to stop the flow of migrants. Special correspondent Tania Rashid and Neil Brandvold report the dangers one man is running from, and the ones he faces during his attempt to get to the U.S.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
SHARING COVID-19 EXPERIENCES: THE EL SALVADOR RESPONSE
El Salvador responded rapidly and effectively to the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country. In line with WHO advice, El Salvador stepped up preparedness of its health system in mid-January and announced a national emergency on 30 January, the same day that WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. El Salvador’s strong response has been built on equipping hospitals, community level care and training health workers, plus preparing for vaccine rollout, which commenced 17 February 2021.
VICE NEWS on HBO/MS-13 OFFERED TO NEGOTIATE PEACE IN EL SALVADOR
BBC NEWS / EL SALVADOR'S GANGS
ABC AUSTRATALIA / HIGHWAYS OF DEATH AND HOPE: THE MIGRANT CARAVANS
What drives Tatyana, 21, heavily pregnant and with two tiny kids in tow, or 13-year-old Daniel, to make an epic trek over thousands of kilometres? What makes the migrants flee their homes in large droves called caravans from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador? Trump says they are all violent gangsters bringing drugs and violence into the US. Meet the migrants as Eric Campbell tells the stories of the people behind Donald Trump’s wall.
NEWSY DOCS / ASYLUM: BEYONG THE BORDER CRISIS
This special report follows the roots of the U.S. border crisis back to violence in Central America.
SKY NEWS/SKY ATLANTIC /THE DEPORTED SURVIVING EL SALVADRO - After President Trump's vow to crack down on gang violence, thousands are being deported. Sky News follows deportees in El Salvador. A warning: this report contains footage of a dead body in the aftermath of a murder.
FUSION / THE TRAFFICKERS / THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEADLY ILLEGAL GUN TRADE - Nelufar Hedayat travels across the Americas to investigate the gun smuggling economy—and discovers that it's fueling gang warfare, drug violence, and some of the highest murder rates on Earth.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER / THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN EL SALVADOR - Correspondent Francesca Fiorentini sits down for an eye-opening interview with Salvadoran Women’s Rights Activist, Morena Herrera.
VICE NEWS / GANGS OF EL SALVADOR -
El Salvador is set to eclipse Honduras as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. There have already been over 5,700 murders this year in a country with a population of just over six million. El Salvador’s murder rate is now the highest it’s been since the end of the country’s brutal civil war — there is on average around one murder an hour. The staggering death toll follows the breakdown of a truce between powerful, rival gangs and the government. Police and military are now combatting the gangs head-on and, as part of its so-called "iron fist" strategy, gang members are being charged with a new crime — membership of a terrorist organization. VICE News correspondent Danny Gold headed to El Salvador to investigate what many are now calling a war between the street gangs and the government.
BBC STORIES / GANGS & GODS - Ben Zand investigates the controversial case of Evelyn Hernandez, a Salvadoran teenager raped by a gang member and then jailed for 30 years for what her supporters say was a miscarriage. El Salvador has some of the harshest abortion laws in the world, with all forms of abortion being punished and cases of miscarriages and still births often being considered abortions. Women can be sentenced for up to 40 years for having one. In the case of Evelyn, her supporters say she has been wrongly imprisoned after having a miscarriage, with her opponents on the other side saying she killed her child. Ben speaks to the people who know the case best.
SBS DATELINE / LAWYER OF THE DEAD - In El Salvador, home of the bloodiest gang violence in the world, we follow one man’s gruesome struggle to bring dignity and closure to the families of the victims.
NEWSY / ZIKA'S UNTOLD WAR - As El Salvador saw a spike in confirmed cases of the Zika virus, its government made a controversial announcement: that women should avoid pregnancy for the next year. But in a region where contraception is taboo and laws restrict access to family planning, that could put women's health and freedom at risk. El Salvador's Ministry of Health reported an estimated 7,138 suspected cases of the Zika virus were detected between December and January of 2016. In a country of just 6 million people, the seemingly sudden rise of this health crisis seized those expecting or attempting to get pregnant with fears of devastating fetal defects like microcephaly, hearing loss and impaired growth. Newsy investigates the roles of the church and government in Salvadoran reproductive rights, the link between Zika and birth defects, the rise of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and recent medical breakthroughs that all highlight the international significance of El Salvador's struggle to combat the virus. This is the first part in a three-part series on the Zika virus. Part two looks at the chain reaction set off by the virus in Latin America. Part three explores preparations in the U.S. and what can be learned from El Salvador's struggle with Zika.
UNIVISION - HIGH-PROFILE ABORTION CASE TO TRIAL IN EL SALVADOR - Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was sentenced in 2007 to 30 years in prison after delivering a stillbirth baby. Authorities charged her with murder. Now, 10 years into her sentence, she is headed back to court on Friday to appeal her case before the same judges who handed down the punishment.
UNIVISION / DR HELL PROVEEDOR DE ABORTOS CLANDESTINOS EN EL SALVADOR - La penalización total del aborto en El Salvador ha llevado al surgimiento de una red clandestina de farmacéuticos y médicos que trabajan para practicar abortos seguros a niñas y mujeres.
THE GUARDIAN / I HAD A MISCARRIAGE. THE JUDGE ACCUSED ME OF MURDER - For Salvadoran women who suffer a miscarriage, the physical and emotional trauma of losing a child can be the start of a life-changing ordeal consisting of poor medical treatment, arrest without recourse to legal advice and imprisonment for up to 40 years. Women who have fallen foul of El Salvador’s punitive anti-abortion law, and are either serving time or have completed a prison sentence, describe the torment of life behind bars and reveal how their lives have been altered forever
PROSIEBEN / UNCOVERED /
DER STAAT IN EL SALVADORE - Um die Situation des Staates und des Konflikts zu verstehen reist Thilo zu einem Gang-Knast und spricht unter anderem mit Gefangenen. Dort sind Gefangene verschiedene
NOW THIS / CRIMINALIZING ABORTION: SERVING 30 YEARS FOR A MISCARRIAGE
These women were convicted of homicide and sentenced to 30+ years in prison after suffering miscarriages.