Joel Medina, Erin Siegal & Beth Caldwell

Year
2012
Location
Tijuana, Mexico & San Diego, CA

The team of Caldwell, Medina, and Siegal will produce a series of written and multimedia stories about the impact that mandatory, permanent deportations have on individuals, families, and communities.

At the age of 16, Medina was convicted in a California court of robbery and assault. He served 14 years in adult prisons and was then deported to Mexico, his country of birth. Now living in Tijuana, Mexico, he is the author of “Exiled,” published in Latino Studies, and co-author, with Beth Caldwell, of “Visiting Days” and “Breaking Down the Walls in Order to Stop the Violence: Prison Abolition Through the Lens of Trauma Healing,” both in the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.

Caldwell, currently on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, is a legal scholar who focuses on criminal justice and immigration issues. She has also taught at Pepperdine University and California State University, and served for four years served as a trial attorney in the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she received her undergraduate degree and joint advanced degree in Law and Social Work.

Siegal is a multimedia journalist and Ethics and Justice in Journalism Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, and other publications. She was a fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She recently authored her first book, Finding Fernanda, an award-winning examination of organized crime, corruption, and child trafficking in international adoptions. Siegal is also a contract photographer with Redux Pictures. She holds degrees from Parsons School of Design and Columbia University.