More than 30,000 students, elderly and disabled citizens in over a dozen municipalities in Nuevo León state can now receive up to 300 Mexican pesos ($15.57) on the state government’s dime each month to pay for public transportation.
(Photo by Itzel Hervert, GPJ Mexico.)

Mexican program offers bus money for public service

High school students, older residents and the disabled can exchange four hours of service a month for bus rides in some Nuevo León cities.
Oct 5, 2016
The author, left, with her great aunt Aucencia Lagunas Aguilar and great uncle Pedro Mansevo in their home in Taxco, Guerrero. (Courtesy photo)

Undocumented students go “back home” to Mexico for the first time

A group of undocumented youth used an obscure legal process called advanced parole to travel back to Mexico and meet family members for the first time.
Sep 21, 2016
Liborio Villanueva’s (right) son, Isaac Jair Villanueva Yáñez, went missing in June 2011. Villanueva still doesn’t know where his son is, but the exhumation from a mass grave in Morelos state in June could provide him an answer, he says. (Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico.)

Victims of violence in Mexico get help from unique university program

Academic program offers victims' families legal and mental health help, and in some cases publicity to pressure the government to investigate crimes.
Sep 20, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center on May 7, 2016 in Lynden. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Hispanic backers move away from Trump after immigration speech

Some Hispanic conservatives are reconsidering their support of Trump after he delivered a speech on immigration Wednesday.
Sep 1, 2016
Cilviana Hernandez (second from left) grew up in a Skagit Valley migrant farmworker family. Now she's part of the film "Every Row a Path" that details the challenges of migrant youth trying to balance work and education. (Photo courtesy Janice Blackmore)

Farmworker filmmakers put Skagit Valley migrant life on screen

The film “Every Row a Path,” which screens in Seattle this weekend, shows the challenges of growing up in the fields as a migrant farmworker.
Jun 24, 2016
Tanya Duarte, pictured in the office of her organization Afrodescendencia México, in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, gathers Afro-descendants together for academic, cultural and artistic meetings. She says she hopes to gain more recognition for the group in Mexico.
(Adriana Alcázar González, GPJ Mexico)

Afro-Mexicans still struggle for recognition in Mexico

The cultural, economic and social contributions of Africans and their descendants in Mexico have gone unappreciated.
Jun 22, 2016
Irere Unzueta, 29, speaks with reporters at a news conference on Wednesday about her lawsuit against U.S. immigration authorities, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 24, 2016. (Photo by Fiona Ortiz for Reuters.)

Chicago immigrant claims U.S. retaliated over her activism

Ireri Unzueta, who was denied DACA renewal, says she worries other students who speak up about immigration issues could be targeted.
May 25, 2016
Viljean Celian (left), 33, repairs bicycles at Quiquica, a workshop that trains and employs migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in Mexico City. He is seen here with Luz Abril Reza López, the coordinator of Quiquica.
(Photo by Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico, for Global Press News Service.)

Once just a transit point, Mexico becoming home to refugees

For some people seeking refuge or asylum from their countries of origin, Mexico has become not just a stop on the way to the U.S., but a permanent home.
May 24, 2016
Jenny Chen, a resident of Wallingford, has gone missing while backpacking in Mexico. Here, Chen is seen while traveling in Puebla, Mexico, in March. (Courtesy of Jonathan Reinhard)

What do you do when a loved one goes missing abroad?

Frustration with uncooperative embassies and local police are common when Americans go missing abroad.
May 20, 2016
Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks and hasnt been heard from since April 11, her husband says. Photo via Help Find Jenny Facebook group.

Seattle woman reported missing during solo Mexico backpack trip

Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks. Her friends last heard from her April 11, her husband says.
Apr 27, 2016
Nestora Salgado and her daughter Gris Rodriguez speak at a celebration held at New Freeway Hall in Columbia City. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Now free, Nestora Salgado continues her fight against corruption in Mexico

Nestora Salgado is now a free woman, but that doesn't mean her fight is over. She says she intends to continue to fight corruption in Mexico.
Apr 25, 2016
Nestora Salgado. (Photo courtesy

Update: Community police leader Nestora Salgado released from Mexican prison

Renton grandmother and Mexican community police force leader Nestora Salgado had been jailed for two and a half years awaiting trial on kidnapping charges.
Mar 17, 2016
Nestora Salgado. (Photo courtesy

UN rules Nestora Salgado illegally detained in Mexico

Supporters of Nestora Salgado, a U.S. citizen who organized a community police force, are urging the U.S. government to press Mexico for her freedom.
Feb 9, 2016
Ernesto Ybarra's art blends his upbringing in Minnesota with the traditional Mesoamerican influences of his heritage. From the left: “Seattle Seduction,” “Scribes” and Scribbles,” and “Blue Eyed Jesus.” (Photo by Cristy Acuna.)

Artist Ernesto Ybarra bridges cultures for “In Between Worlds”

Ernesto Ybarra's art shows influences from his upbringing in Minnesota and his Mesoamerican roots.
Jan 6, 2016
Jordan Chaney and Reagan Jackson (center) with the youth of Many Voices One Tribe at the Pyramids of El Tajin in Veracruz, Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

10 lessons I learned by starting my dream nonprofit

Building a dream isn't easy, as Reagan Jackson learned firsthand. Here are her top 10 tips for founding a nonprofit.
Dec 22, 2015
(Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)

More Mexican immigrants leaving the U.S. than entering

Our three-part "Back across the Border" series looks at why many Mexican immigrants have chosen to return to Mexico.
Nov 20, 2015
Diana Elizabeth Torres depicts Juana in "East Side Sushi." (Photo courtesy of Blue Sun Pictures)

“East Side Sushi” pushes gender barriers in a cross-ethnic culinary setting

The "East Side Sushi" premiere in Seattle is sure to raise questions about gender, culture and food.
Nov 12, 2015
Protesters in Guerrero marched earlier this year with a cutout of Nestora Salgado. The Renton mom became leader of a community police force in her home town, and has been held in jail for two years. (Photo by Fernando Salgado)

Meeting La Comandante: a jailhouse interview with Nestora Salgado

Nestora Salgado gave up a quiet life near Seattle to lead a community police force in her hometown in Mexico. Now she continues her activism from a prison cell.
Nov 5, 2015
Dia de los muertos in Oaxaca stays true to its roots, and people from all over Mexico come to celebrate the sprits of those who have died. (Photo by Alysa Hullett.)

Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca stays true to its roots

While some cities in Mexico have started to adopt features of Halloween, you'll won't find any Disney princesses at Oaxaca's Día de los Muertos celebration.
Matthew Roach and Kari Mattaini in Mexico, a day before hearing word of a record-breaking storm, Hurricane Patricia, headed their way. Photo courtesy Kari Mattaini.

Seattle travelers in Puerto Vallarta wait out Hurricane Patricia

Seattle travelers describe being stuck in Puerto Vallarta after the airport closed unexpectedly before noon, in anticipation of Hurricane Patricia.
Oct 23, 2015