Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
Leslie Berestein Rojas is KPCC's Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter.
An award-winning journalist with several years’ experience reporting on immigration issues, Berestein Rojas most recently covered immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has retraced the steps of migrants along desert smuggling trails, investigated immigrant detention contractors, and told the stories of families left behind in Mexico’s migrant-sending towns.
A native of Cuba raised in Los Angeles, Leslie has also written for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. She has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas
In a post earlier this week, I described what can best be called being haunted by the ESL ghost. I learned English in kindergarten and have no discernible accent, no trace of my native Spanish in my otherwise very American-sounding speech.
A couple of days ago I came across an essay that got at the heart of the uncomfortable racial undercurrent running through the discussion of last week's senseless beating of a San Francisco Giants fan by two men at Dodger Stadium on opening night.
Yesterday the federal government agreed to pay $1.95 million to the family of Francisco Castañeda, a man who died more than three years ago from penile cancer that went untreated while he was in immigrant detention, first in San Diego and later in San Pedro.
In the news this morning: An L.A. family story, a refugee's food fusion truck, damages to be paid for detainee's cancer death, more
Hector Tobar: The Chavira family rode west to a new life in Los Angeles - Los Angeles Times The story of a Mexican American family that arrived "during an optimistic age when suburbs were built and freeways carved through the city.
I wasn't sure what to expect this afternoon when I stopped by a conference in Hollywood dubbed Hispanicize 2011, a three-day affair billed as a "public relations and social media conference.
Why am I posting a map of the island of Hispaniola? Because today I'll be checking out the Hispanicize 2011 social media and public relations conference in Hollywood, which began yesterday.
In the news this morning: Aftermath of new Japan quake, nonwhite youth population drops in L.A, backlogged immigration courts, more
Japan lifts tsunami alert, but says power cut at one nuke plant - USA Today Today's magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit at roughly the same location and depth as the magnitude 9 earthquake March 11.
Just like Southern California’s culture is shaped by immigrants and their descendants, so is its language. There is an evolving lexicon of words, terms and phrases coined here and elsewhere in the U.
Human trafficking into the United States is often associated in the public consciousness with the sex industry, and for good reason. But the trafficking of workers, including factory workers in the garment and food processing industries, is also relatively commonplace.
In the news this morning: Census lawsuit, more minority children, another anti-birthright citizenship bill, Dream Act protest, more
Group sues over census: Mexican-American caucus says count missed Hispanics - El Paso Times A group of Latino lawmakers in has filed suit in Texas, alleging an undercount of the state's Latino population, particularly those who live in colonias along the border.
So the hunt for Tapatío hot sauce flavored Doritos that I embarked on last week has come to a happy conclusion. Over the past few days, several gracious readers shared chip-sighting locations that ranged from a gas station in Los Feliz to the Superior supermarket in Lynwood.
It's been well documented by now that growing up bilingual can be good for you. But getting there? Survivors of an English-learner upbringing can attest that it's not always an easy road, and that the bumps along it - some amusing, some awkward - continue well into adulthood.
A new report from a mental health study of Mexican immigrants has found that immigrants to the United States face more than four times the risk of depression as those who don't immigrate, and that in general, coming to the U.
In the news this morning: Dream Act return in the works, multiethnic support for Japan, News Corp. goes after Latinos, benefits of bilingual
Sen. Durbin Is Set To Revive DREAM Act Fight in This Congress - ColorLines The office of Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin has confirmed plans to reintroduce the bill this session.
KPCC's Grant Slater and Corey Bridwell interviewed Libyan and Syrian American protesters at a solidarity rally this weekend in West Los Angeles, where people said they had been watching the turmoil back home with a mix of hope and apprehension, fearing for friends and loved ones.