Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

Juarez makeup debacle comes to an end, but questions about what inspired it linger

The other night, while I was visiting with a few comadres, the talk turned to Ciudad Juarez. One woman had just seen the film "Backyard," a Mexican feature based on the hundreds of unsolved murders of women, many of them factory workers, in the border city.

After grumbling about immigrant neighbors, a writer examines her attitude

A thought-provoking piece in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Sandy Banks caught my attention earlier today.

Report: Foreign workers don't displace native-born

Several news outlets have stories today on a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco which concludes that foreign-born workers do not displace native-born ones.

In the news this morning: Smuggling danger, immigrants and jobs, a new Arizona lawsuit, halted deportations and more

Mexico to announce plan to protect migrants - CNN.com (edition.cnn.com)

Students tell their personal stories in DREAM Act 'letters'

For the past several weeks, I've been following a series of posts on the social-justice blog Citizen Orange that features the personal stories of undocumented college students.

American snapshot: Westminster

Multi-American

The Salazar corrido, "El 29 de Agosto"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj-oeV3eWUo&p=371926B42DE8961D&playnext=1&index=62

New NCLR report: Latino children and nutrition

Photo by Christer Barregren/Flickr (Creative Commons)

In the news this morning: Pakistan flood relief, Salazar records, possible mosque arson, National Guard and more

Ruben Salazar had clashed repeatedly with LAPD in months before slaying - Los Angeles Times (articles.latimes.com)

Border deaths mark a sobering end to an intense month in the immigration debate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnlqWV6qy5w

Ground Zero's distant past: Before Little Syria, a burial ground for slaves

Photo by Wally Gobetz/Flickr (Creative Commons)

In the news this morning: Mosque myths, hate crimes, 'Machete' and more

Five myths about mosques in America (The Washington Post)

Bracero film wins audience award for best documentary at Latino film festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSEjTOopNuQ

American snapshot: Downey

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Local efforts for Pakistan flood relief step up

Photo by Oxfam International/Flickr (Creative Commons)