Joel Angel Juárez
Oxnard, CA, USA
Joel Angel Juárez is a documentary photojournalist born and raised in the coastal city of Oxnard, California to parents who migrated from México to the United States at a young age. He has spent most of his time working on projects surrounding immigration policy, the environment, healthcare, the criminal justice system and issues concerning America’s military veterans.
Juárez has interned at the San Francisco Examiner and the Las Vegas Review-Journal in addition to working as a contract photographer for Anadolu Agency and ZUMA Press among others. He has also volunteered several years at El Tecolote, a bilingual English/Spanish community newspaper based in San Francisco’s historically Latino neighborhood of the Mission District—it is also the longest running bilingual newspaper printed in both languages in California.
In 2018, Juárez was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Fran Ortiz Photojournalism Grant from San Francisco State University’s Department of Journalism to support his ongoing, long-term project, “Discharged and Deported: Exiled Veterans of America,” documenting the deportation of United States military veterans. The project has also received awards from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
His photographs have appeared in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept and The GroundTruth Project.
Juárez graduated from San Francisco State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism and a Minor in International Relations.
In 2019, he was accepted into American Reportage's inaugural Associate Member Mentorship Program.
Juárez is currently based in El Paso, Texas along the U.S.-México border and is available for assignments.