Joel Medina, Erin Siegal & Beth Caldwell

Joel Medina, Erin Siegal & Beth Caldwell

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.

Medina, who lives in Tijuana, Mexico, has written and produced numerous print and radio stories exploring the impacts of crime-based deportation on children, families, and communities. His piece on deported veterans was published on the front page of La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, and he has published immigration-related stories with New America Media and the Huffington Post. He also co-produced a series of radio stories on deportation for Fronteras Desk and a television segment with Univision’s Aqui y Ahora.

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.