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Ginger Thompson

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Ginger Thompson is a senior reporter at ProPublica. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she previously spent 15 years at The New York Times, including time as a Washington correspondent and as an investigative reporter whose stories revealed Washington’s secret role in Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers.

Thompson served as the Mexico City bureau chief for both the Times and The Baltimore Sun. While at the Times, she covered Mexico’s transformation from a one-party state to a fledgling multi-party democracy and parachuted into breaking news events across the region, including Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela.

For her work in the region, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer’s Gold Medal for Public Service. She won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, an InterAmerican Press Association Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Thompson was also part of a team of national reporters at The Times that was awarded a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for the series “How Race is Lived in America.”

Thompson graduated from Purdue University, where she was managing editor of the campus newspaper, The Exponent. She earned a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University, with a focus on human rights law.

Inspector General del Departamento de Justicia investigará un programa de la DEA vinculado con masacres en México

La indagación surge gracias a los reportajes de ProPublica que mostraron que la unidad autorizada de la DEA en ese país tiene antecedentes de revelar información confidencial a narcotraficantes.

Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate DEA Program Linked to Massacres in Mexico

The inquiry stems from stories by ProPublica that showed the DEA’s vetted unit in the country has had a history of leaking sensitive information to drug traffickers.

Watch the 6-Year-Old Salvadoran Girl Heard on a Secret Recording Out of a Border Patrol Detention Facility Finally Being Reunited With Her Mom

“I’ll be the happiest woman in the world,” said Jimena’s mother, Cindy Madrid, as she prepared for the moment. “It’s been very painful to be apart.”

La niña de 6 años escuchada en una grabación de audio de una instalación fronteriza sigue separada de su madre, que se esfuerza para criarla desde 1.000 millas de distancia

Jimena Madrid captó la atención internacional cuando su voz se escuchó en una grabación de audio después de que fue separada de su madre dentro de un centro de detención de la Patrulla Fronteriza. Tres semanas después, la reunificación sigue siendo incierta. “Ella siempre repite, ‘Mami, quiero estar contigo’”.

The 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated From Her Mother, Who Must Parent From 1,000 Miles Away

Jimena Madrid riveted people around the world when her voice was captured on an audiotape after she was separated from her mother inside a Border Patrol detention facility. Three weeks later, reunification remains uncertain. “She says over and over, ‘Mommy, I want to be with you.’”

Video: Separada de su madre en la frontera, una niña de seis años tiene que buscar su propio camino

Una mujer salvadoreña se convierte en la cuerda salvavidas de su familia cuando su hermana fue llevada a un centro de detención en Texas y su sobrina a un albergue en Arizona.

Para una niña de seis años atrapada en el laberinto de inmigración, un número de teléfono memorizado se convierte en su salvavidas

Mientras el gobierno federal intenta reunir a las familias de migrantes, los niños tendrán la dura tarea de ayudar a identificar y ubicar a sus padres. La niña de seis años a quien se escuchaba en una grabación la semana pasada como pedía llamar a su tía tiene una ventaja.

Video: Separated From Her Mother at the Border, a 6-Year-Old Has to Find Her Own Way

A Salvadoran woman becomes her family’s lifeline when her sister was taken to a detention facility in Texas and her niece to an Arizona shelter.

For a 6-Year-Old Snared in the Immigration Maze, a Memorized Phone Number Proves a Lifeline

As the U.S. attempts to reunite migrant families, children will bear the burden of helping to identify who and where their parents are. The 6-year-old girl heard asking to call her aunt on an audio recording from a detention facility this week has an advantage.

Escucha a los niños que acaban de ser separados de sus padres en la frontera

ProPublica ha obtenido una grabación en audio del interior de una instalación de la Patrulla Fronteriza en el que se escucha a los niños llorar mientras un agente bromea: “Aquí tenemos una orquesta”.

Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border

ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.”

“The Making of a Massacre” Brings the Drug War Close

ProPublica and Audible have turned the gripping saga of a Mexican massacre touched off by U.S. drug agents into a multi-part audio documentary.

Top Lawmakers Call for Investigation of DEA-Led Unit in Mexico

Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate cited ProPublica’s reporting into the DEA’s role in two operations in Mexico that resulted in dozens, perhaps hundreds, of deaths.

DEA Operation Played Hidden Role in the Disappearance of Five Innocent Mexicans

The agency knew why the victims were kidnapped in 2010 by the Zetas drug cartel from a Holiday Inn in Mexico, but it did nothing to investigate or help. The victims’ friends and relatives now wonder why.

Un operativo de la DEA jugó un papel oculto en la desaparición de cinco mexicanos inocentes

La agencia sabía por qué las víctimas fueron secuestradas en 2010 por el cartel de la droga de los Zetas en un Holiday Inn en México, pero no hizo nada para investigar o ayudar. Ahora los amigos y familiares de las víctimas se preguntan por qué.

Chilling New Report Cites Greater Death Toll in Allende Massacre

Researchers cite a ProPublica and National Geographic investigation revealing the DEA’s involvement and call for answers from the United States.

Demócratas de alto nivel exigen investigación de operativos mortales liderados por la DEA

Legisladores citan una investigación de ProPublica y un informe del inspector general que detallan como equipos policiales extranjeros entrenados por la Administración Antidrogas de Estados Unidos (DEA) están ligados a las muertes de inocentes en México y Honduras.

Top Democrats Demand Inquiry Into Deadly DEA-Led Operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.

Who Holds the DEA Accountable When Its Missions Cost Lives?

In 2011, a DEA operation touched off a massacre in a Mexican town, yet the agency never investigated what went wrong.

¿Quién exige responsabilidades a la DEA cuando sus misiones cuestan vidas?

En 2011, un operativo de la DEA dio origen a una masacre en un pueblo mexicano, pero la agencia nunca investigó qué salió mal.

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