Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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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
Posts of the week: The Trayvon Martin case, how being bilingual makes you smarter, media diversity, generation 1.5 and more
The tragic shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and how race factored into it has dominated the headlines this week. But there's also been good news (being bilingual can make you smarter!) and an unexpected call for media diversity from, of all places, Los Angeles City Hall.
Race has played a major role since the start in the case involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old boy who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month in Sanford, Florida.
In the news this morning: Obama on how his son would 'look like Trayvon,' a pro-Irish immigration bill, a 1.5er chosen to head World Bank, m
Obama says his son would look like Trayvon - USA Today In a speech at the White House today, President Obama said the nation needed to do some "soul searching" over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager killed in Florida last month, and that if he had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon.
The role of race in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot to death in Florida last month, has been a critical part of the story since the beginning. But it became even bigger in recent days, after it became known that the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, did not fit as neatly into the "white" category as initially reported.
It's not every day that city elected officials make a case for diversifying the staff of media outlets. Which makes a resolution passed yesterday by the Los Angeles City Council, meant to address a recent on-air controversy over racially charged language, worth noticing.
In the news this morning: Policies that make immigrants stay, immigration and same-sex couples, accused smuggler on Craigslist, more
US policies encourage immigrants to stay, study finds - California Watch A new report suggests that U.S. immigration policies and laws have unintentionally prompted more immigrants to stay in the country, including those here illegally.
A city resolution adopted after a radio talk show controversy on KFI urges hosts to steer clear of "racist and sexist slurs" and suggests that media outlets diversify their staff.
The experience of 1.5 generation immigrants, a term used to describe people who arrived in the U.S. as children and adolescents, is a unique one. Unlike their first-generation parents or U.
In the news this morning: Race and the Trayvon Martin story, the GOP's Latino woes, young Muslims and traditional fashion, more
Trayvon Martin Shooting: What If Shooter Was Black? - WBUR Had the man who shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin also been black, what would reaction to the story be then? These and other questions as the story evolves surrounding shooter George Zimmerman's ethnicity.
If race is already a major part of the story involving the shooting death of 17-year-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in Florida, it's becoming even bigger. Media reports have increasingly begun to identify the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, not as "white" as he was originally identified, but as Latino after his father identified him as such to a Florida newspaper.
What one school lunch menu looks like in East Hollywood's Little Armenia, where the private Rose and Alex Pilibos School mixes it up a little. Standard cafeteria-issue spaghetti for the kids one day, beef shawerma with hummus the next.
In the news this morning: Feds to investigate Trayvon Martin case, shrinking Latino populations in some cities, more
Justice Dept. Investigating Florida Killing After Outcry - New York TImes The federal Justice Department has announced it will investigate the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The Atlantic's James Fallows has a short, incisive piece on why he's going to be writing about the case of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black teenager shot to death in Florida last month by a neighborhood watch captain in a Florida gated community.
Does being bilingual really make you smarter? Science staff writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee made a good argument for it in the Sunday New York Times, citing several studies in recent years which suggest that the ability to speak a second language indeed boosts cognitive skills.
As happens every year, this weekend brought volumes of St. Patrick's Day-related media, from historical tidbits about Irish immigration to the United States to lists of ways to celebrate.