Listen to the most recent California Report Magazine episode released on March 29, 2019 on one of the state’s largest police corruption scandals in Fresno, CA and read the article by Andrew Beale and IRP.Read More
Pablo Duran Sr., a central figure in Trafficked in America, has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, some of them minors, for financial gain.
His plea and conviction are part of a major trafficking plot in 2014 that saw Guatemalan teenagers smuggled across the border into America and compelled into grueling labor at egg farms in Ohio against their will.
Berkeley News’ article on “Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?” outlines the relationship between UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Investigative Studios in making this new film. Journalism student Jason Paladino’s question of why his high school friend died in a 2014 a military helicopter crash led to the first feature documentary produced by Investigative Studios.
Investigative Studios announces the world premiere of our first feature documentary film, produced in association with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
Mill Valley Film Festival tickets for two screenings: Sunday, October 7th at 4pm and Tuesday, October 9th at 3:15pm.
Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy, as well as a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment. Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. His wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster, and her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings. Produced and directed by Zachary Stauffer.
Watch the Film Trailer.
by Priyanka Boghani
In an interview for the FRONTLINE documentary Trafficked in America, one immigrant teen described his work at an Iowa plant. “The first day that I arrived, I didn’t want to return because it was so horrible,” he said. “It was very cold. And the carts that we would take out of the cooler were heavy. The machines are very sharp and if you’re not paying attention, you put your hand in and it will cut everything.”
The teens grew up more than 2,500 miles from central Ohio, in the western highlands of Guatemala. They were impoverished. The smuggler promised them a chance at a better life in America in exchange for $15,000. To help pay, some of their families traded the deeds to their homes.
Their case is at the heart of Trafficked in America, a new documentary from FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley that goes inside the hidden world of labor trafficking. The investigation exposes a criminal network that exploited undocumented minors, the companies who profited from their labor and how government policies and practices helped to deliver some teens directly to their traffickers.
For six years, FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley have been reporting on the exploitation and sexual abuse of immigrant workers in America — from female farmworkers, to night shift janitors.