2020 TED Fellow
2020 Digiday Video awards judge
World Press Photo Online Video of the Year - "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy: traumatized children with no access to treatment"
World Press Photo 1st place Short Form - "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy: traumatized children with no access to treatment"
Two Edward R. Murrow Awards - "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy: traumatized children with no access to treatment" and "America First"
News & Documentary Emmy - "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy: traumatized children with no access to treatment" (and other nomination)
Gabo Prize, image category (major journalism prize in Latin America) - "America First: The legacy of an immigration raid"
Pictures of the Year International - Multimedia News & Issue Reporting Story, 2nd place "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy: traumatized children with no access to treatment"
Pictures of the Year International - Documentary Journalism, Award of Excellence for "America First: the legacy of an immigration raid"
NPPA Best of Photojournalism - Online Video Storytelling Portfolio large team, 1st place
NPPA Best of Photojournalism - Online Visual Presentation: Portfolio large team, 1st place
NPPA Best of Photojournalism - Online Visual News Presentation large team, 3rd place
Rey de España award for "From migrants to refugees: the new plight of Central Americans"
Dart Awards finalist for "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy"
Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting Honorable mention for "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy"
The Webbys honoree for "The legacy of the zero tolerance policy"
Ochberg fellow, Dart Center, Columbia University, 2019
Carter Center fellow, Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism, 2019-2020
International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) fellow - HEFAT training and U.S.-Mexico border fellow
John Jay Guggenheim fellow, crime in America symposium
Mentor in mentorship program at Guns & America, an NPR project
"America First" screenings at Sedona International Film Festival, Indie Grits Festival, Oneota Film Festival, Indie Pasion, Dubuque Intl Film Festival and Iowa Motion Pictures Association Awards.
National News & Documentary Emmy for "Fear in Trump territory"
Nominated for other 2 National News & Documentary Emmys
Regional Suncoast News & Documentary Emmy for "A night bearing witness to violence in El Salvador"
Atlanta Photojournalism contest, First Place Long Term Documentary Project
Speaker at MobileMe&You conference at University of Nebraska Lincoln
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 1st place Individual Multimedia Portfolio
NPPA 1st place Feature story for "A night bearing witness to violence in El Salvador"
NPPA 1st place Multimedia portfolio team
Hillman Prize, Web Journalism for “From migrants to refugees: the plight of Central Americans”
PDN Photo Annual multimedia double winner
NAHJ Ñ Photography award winner for photo essay on violence in El Salvador
Gabriel García Márquez Awards finalist for "From migrants to refugees: the plight of Central Americans”
Overseas Press Club, Finalist, “From migrants to refugees: the plight of Central Americans”
The Webby Awards honoree: news & politics series and animation categories
National Headliner Awards, 3rd place Online video for “Seeking asylum in Mexico”
"America First" screenings at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Central American International Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Tampa Bay Film Festival, LA Shorts Awards
World Press Photo long form multimedia awards judge screening panel
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grantee (El Salvador, femicide suicide)
Kalish Visual Editing Workshop grantee
Featured in Tricky journalism podcast
Speaker at Latino Media Summit and MobileMe&You conference (NYC & Illinois)
RFK Human Rights Journalism Award, new media category for “Vacation in no man’s sea”
PDN Photo Annual multimedia winner for "Crimes on cruise ships: impunity on the high seas"
Ortega & Gasset Journalism awards, multimedia, for “Vacation in no man’s sea”
NPPA Team winner
NAHJ Latino Issues - Photography Award for “Los XV de Rubí”
Webbys finalist, News & politics series, “9 Latinos: diversity at the polls”
Emmy Awards - National News & Documentary. Nominated with four Univision films
Knight Foundation grant - Part of a Univision Digital team grant to create Immigration Lab
National Headliner Awards, winner in two categories
Atlanta Photojournalism contest, winner in several categories
Sunshine State Awards, multiple categories
New York Press Club Awards winner “Orlando gets its pulse back”
French American Immigration awards, finalist
World Press Photo long form multimedia awards screening panel
Featured in The New York Times article "Univision's sense of purpose: a newsroom and a lifeline"
Screenings: Filmgate festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Indie Grits festival, Underground FilmFest, Euregion Film Festival, Cinesud, European cinematography awards
World Press Photo long form multimedia awards screening panel
Atlanta Photojournalism winner in several categories
Eppy Award winner in two categories
NAEJ finalist “The last giant”
Glaad awards nominee Outstanding digital journalism “Orlando gets its pulse back”
Profiled in 'She Does Podcast': Focusing my energy
Selected for inaugural class of Poynter-ONA's Digital Women Leadership Academy
New York Times Lens portfolio review participant
Joop Swart Masterclass / World Press Photo finalist
Glaad awards Outstanding digital journalism
Gabriel García Márquez official selection
International Reporting Project Health and Development grantee in Brazil
Reporting on drug addiction and abortion with writer Sarika Bansal.
National Emmy Award in the “New Approaches: arts, lifestyle, culture” category for the series “Life, Interrupted” (part of a New York Times team).
POYi’s Award of Excellence – Multimedia Photographer of the Year for a personal portfolio of four projects produced for The New York Times and TIME: “An Afghan Girl’s Quest for Education”, “A Guarded Optimism”, “Dishing New York” and “Liberia’s Open Wound”.
International Reporting Project fellow in Tanzania
Program based out of Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). Focusing on agriculture and food scarcity.
Best Documentary, 2013 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival for “An Afghan Girl’s Quest for Education”
U.N. Foundation Global Health Challenges Press Fellow in India
Reporting on polio eradication and health.
National Press Photographers Association Northern Short Course winner, various categories including Long Form Multimedia and Team Multimedia.
Ellos son el Mundo Photo Exhibit
Participant in a photo exhibit about global childhood in Madrid, Spain.
Best of Photojournalism, National Press Photographers Association, 1st place Sports Multimedia Story Award, “Damian’s Ride”
CUNY’s Global Film Festival Panelist
“An Afghan Girl’s Quest for Education” screened at CUNY’s Global Film Festival, a film festival focusing on women’s rights. Panelist after the screenings.
2010 and prior
José Martí Journalism Award
Outstanding Health Section category, awarded for a health supplement I edited and wrote in 2008. The Jose Martí Journalism Awards award outstanding reporting in Spanish in the U.S.
La Caixa Foundation Scholarship
Niamogue Foundation Fellowship