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Perilous Journey: Crossing the Darien Gap with U.S.-Bound Migrants

Event Date:

February 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM EST TO 1:15 PM EST
Image by PBS NewsHour. Mexico, 2019.

Where South America squeezes into Central America lies the nexus of one of the most circuitous...

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Journalists Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico will speak about their Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, The Extra-Continentals, on Wednesday, February 24, at 12:00pm EST in a webinar presented by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).

In 2019, Drost and Federico joined Caribbean, African, and Asian migrants in their perilous trek through a 60-mile-wide swath of jungle straddling the Colombian-Panamanian border. Their reporting offers a rare insight into who migrates to the U.S. through this unusual and long migratory corridor via South America, as well as how and why they do. 

The  webinar includes a screening of the 10-minute short What Migrants Face As They Journey Through the Deadly Darien Gap, which Drost and Federico produced for PBS NewsHour.

The event will be moderated by Piotr Plewa, a visiting research scholar at DUCIGS. Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, a DUCIGS adjunct professor, will provide an introduction.

Drost is a journalist based in New York City, after spending a decade in Bogotá, Colombia. She works in print, radio, and television, and regularly reports from Latin America as a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour

Federico is an Italian filmmaker and cinematographer based in New York, following a decade in Colombia, where he started making independent documentaries in 2010. He regularly shoots for PBS NewsHour and Foreign Correspondent, a current affairs program on Australia’s ABC TV.

Drost and Federico are the 2017 recipients of the Overseas Press Club of America's award for Best Reporting on Latin America for their coverage of Colombia’s peace process and their  NewsHour reporting on the FARC guerrillas.

To read more about this webinar visit this webpage. To register for the event, click here.


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