Frontline Freelance Register
San Salvador, El Salvador
I work as a freelance photographer, while also pursuing personal documentary projects. I am photographer specializing in documentary, editorial and reportage, covering current national and international news while also pursuing personal documentary projects. Born (1974) in El Salvador, Central America, then immigrated to the United States during the mid-1980’s settling in Los Angeles, California where I attended California State University, Northridge, obtaining a B.A. in Arts with an emphasis in Interior Design. Upon graduation, I applied my skills to photography and have since developed a freelance career photographing assignments and stories in LatinAmerica, Middle East and Europe, focusing on under-reported issues and long-term projects, including the ongoing post-conflict situation in my native country of El Salvador.
Nowadays, I am based between San Francisco, California and SanSalvador, El Salvador, but always moving.
2017 - 1st Place (Environment) PDN Storytellers
- Breaking news
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Trump’s New Ban Leaves Few Spots for Refugees
SAN SALVADOR — Veronica picked up some modeling clay, molded it into little human figures with her hands — and then dug holes into the sculpture’s face.
“Look,” said Veronica, 9, showing off the creation to her aunt. “That’s how Mamá ended up.”
For more than a year, Veronica and her sister have been in hiding here in El Salvador, hoping to receive refugee status in the United States. The two girls were doing homework at their dining room table when masked men burst in and gunned down their grandparents — the community’s only two health workers — on rumors that the couple had been tipping off the police about gangs in the neighborhood.
Deported immigrant trying to adjust to life alone
LA UNION, El Salvador - Jose Escobar passes the time on a plastic chair at the house of an aunt he hadn't seen in 24 years by calling his wife and two children in Houston through Facebook.
"Walter, don't talk too much at school, OK," he tells his 7-year-old son on a recent morning. "You'll get in trouble for that, and then you won't get to go to karate. And tell Carmen I love her."
The heat is as scorching as the hours are long. He dips his shirt into a bucket of cool water, pulling it on for relief. The only pause from the monotony is a lone screeching chicken and a local soccer game he attends with his cousin. He doesn't feel safe walking around this neighborhood, once named for its flowers but now plagued by a murderous street gang whose members lurk in nearly every corner, noticing any stranger
Iraq’s Christians Turn to Militia for Protection
QARAQOSH, Iraq—Two years ago, Mubarak Tuwaya fled when Islamic State militants made a triumphant charge through northern Iraq.