James L. Fredrick

Multimedia journalist and communications consultant

I’m an award-winning journalist, writer and strategic communications expert who deeply believes in the power of storytelling and persuasive messaging to change minds and inspire action.
Over 12 years in Latin America, I have told stories in every format and medium for a global audience in outlets including New York Times, NPR, Guardian, Washington Post, BBC, and Financial Times. I have also partnered with INGOs and the UN on communications and advocacy strategy, taking policy and research, turning them into compelling narratives and putting them in front of target audiences.



Migrant advocates criticize Biden administration's proposal to limit asylum

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The Waitlist - Short Film

Since 2016, the U.S. has been turning away asylum seekers at borders, limiting how many are allowed in each day. Thousands of refugees wait at the border for weeks or months before the U.S. allows them in to request asylum. At this waitlist location in Tijuana, refugees enroll on a waitlist run by refugees and wait to be processed by American immigration agents. This story is told by five refugees from Cameroon, Haiti, and Honduras. They asked not to appear on camera since they are...

Cited Podcast
Modifying Maize - Cited Podcast

Expo '67 was the centrepiece of Canada's centennial celebrations. But amid the pageantry, one pavilion that stood out. This is the story of The Indians of Canada Pavilion, one of the first times Canadians had to publicly confront the colonial legacy of their country.


Part 1 - Deported Without His Daughter

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Now let's hear from John. He's a single father in his 30s who fled Honduras with his daughter last May. They were separated at the border and he was deported without her. We're using only his middle name because he fears for his and his daughter's safety.

Part 2 - Update On Deported Honduran Father

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: About a month ago, we heard from John. That's not his real name. He's a single father in his 30s. He'd fled Honduras with his daughter Marisol (ph). After they were separated at the border, John was deported to Honduras alone. We're only using their middle names because they fear for their safety.

Part 3 - Update On Deported Honduran Father

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with journalist James Fredrick and "John," who fled from Honduras to the United States with his daughter. John was deported, but his daughter remains in the U.S. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Hundreds of immigrant children are still separated from their families, but one less now.

Part 4 - Update On Separated Parent

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: We've been following the story of one father separated at the border from his daughter. In the past, we've referred to the father as John because he feared reprisals. But he's comfortable now with using his real first name, which is Elmer.

Part 5 - Honduran Man And Daughter Reunited After Being Separated While Seeking U.S. Asylum

Elmer, a Honduran man, and his teenage daughter, Marisol, have been reunited in Wisconsin after being separated 10 months ago when they sought asylum after crossing into the U.S. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: And now an update on another story we're following - last July, we met Elmer, a Honduran man who was separated from his teenage daughter Marisol after crossing into Texas and asking for asylum.


Working The Night Shift For Mexico City's Bloody Crime Tabloids

A white sheet glimmers under a fluorescent street lamp. David Alvarado tiptoes around police tape to get another angle. Click. Click. A crumpled figure is hidden under the sheet. A corner soaks up blood. Just a wrinkled, petite, brown hand hints at the identity of the deceased.

Mexico Allows Tens of Thousands of Migrants to Travel to U.S. Border

In April, nearly 30,000 humanitarian visas were issued to migrants, according to government data, more than triple the monthly average in the first three months of the year. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.

the Guardian
'All the doors are closed to Afghans': from fall of Kabul to limbo in Mexico

hen the Taliban stormed Kabul, Wali Modaqiq, 54, began calling every American, Briton and European with whom he had worked on environmental projects, pleading for help to evacuate him and his family. "The message I received back was: 'You're not our direct employee, so we cannot help you,'" he said.

Current Affairs
Trump's Anti-migrant Rampage Migrates South ❧ Current Affairs

It all started with a jumbled threat delivered, as usual, from Donald Trump's Twitter feed. It was clear to anyone watching that this particular tariff threat was another piece of the Trump administration's "throw spaghetti at the wall" anti-migrant agenda.

Mexico's Suit Against U.S. Gun Companies May Seek More Than A Court Win

MEXICO CITY - Hit men from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel rolled into a swanky Mexico City neighborhood on the morning of June 26, 2020, planning to assassinate the capital's police chief. They carried three Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles, a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and 5.56mm caliber carbine, a Ruger 5.56mm caliber rifle and a Colt 5.56mm caliber carbine.

Mexico Is Overwhelmed By Asylum Claims As It Ramps Up Immigration Enforcement

Rosa Hidalia Palacios fled El Salvador in April. She crossed into Mexico from Guatemala without a hitch, riding on a little raft that ferries people and goods back and forth. A few hundred yards down the Suchiate River from the rafting route, Mexican immigration enforcement agents watched idly from the official border crossing.

500 Years Later, The Spanish Conquest Of Mexico Is Still Being Debated

Five-hundred years ago, two men met and changed much of the world forever. About 500 Spanish conquistadors - ragged from skirmishes, a massacre of an Indigenous village and a hike between massive volcanoes - couldn't believe what they saw: an elegant island city in a land that Europeans didn't know existed until a few years before.

An Ancient Ballgame Makes A Comeback In Mexico

Drums rumble between the stone walls lining the court. An ancient ritual is underway. The smell of incense wafts across the concrete, as wiry men and a woman wearing leather waist wraps and headbands volley a ball back and forth. They use only their hip bone to hit it.

Mexico's new president has a radical plan to end the drug war

MEXICO CITY - Juan Carlos Trujillo last saw his brothers, Jesús Salvador, 24, and Raúl, 19, a decade ago. The two men and five of their co-workers from the Trujillo family's scrap metal business were abducted in August 2008, after they stopped to stay the night in a little town in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Shouting 'Mexico First,' Hundreds In Tijuana March Against Migrant Caravan

The message for the migrant caravan was clear from marchers on Sunday in Tijuana, Mexico: We don't want you here. "We want the caravan to go; they are invading us," said Patricia Reyes, a 62-year-old protester, hiding from the sun under an umbrella. "They should have come into Mexico correctly, legally, but they came in like animals."

Washington Post
Opinion | Mexico is siding with President Trump on migrants

MEXICO CITY - I heard a familiar story on a recent trip to the southern border. "There's been harassment against my fellow Guatemalans, asking them if they're citizens, demanding their papers, it's an all-out persecution," Hector Sipac, a Guatemalan consul, told me. But we weren't in the United States.

Teen Vogue
More Than 1 in 5 Women Are Married Before They're 18 in This Country

Thin smoke hangs over Graciela Garcia as she makes tortillas on a wood-fired stove. The adobe walls are covered in soot from the years of wives making tortillas here. "I didn't make tortillas before," she says. "At first they came out weird." At 19, four years into married life, Graciela has become a tortilla pro.

On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico - America's Biggest Heroin Supplier

The mountains looming ahead are legendary in Mexico. "Whether it was Morelos or Zapata, any figure in Mexican history who needed to escape authorities came here to the mountains of Guerrero," says Lt. Col. Juan Jose Orzua Padilla, the Mexican army spokesman in this region.

How an American won the hearts of Mexico's lucha libre fans

MEXICO CITY -- Mark Jindrak slowly steps backward up the ramp, sizing up the runway to the ring. Kids reach their hands out trying to touch his boots. Screaming women fan themselves at their front-row view of his butt, which is tightly packaged in red-and-black briefs emblazoned "Marco."

Financial Times
Army of Volunteers Search for Mexico Quake Victims

Adolfo Tovar knows there are children under the five-storey apartment block that has been reduced to a heap of rubble. His challenge is to get them out. In a neon vest emblazoned with Mexico City’s official CDMX logo, Mr Tovar is directing an army of volunteers who have converged on Calzada de Tlalpan after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday, claiming more than 200 lives.


Mexico City residents protest changes to electoral laws

Tens of thousands of people filled Mexico City's main plaza yesterday to protest changes to electoral law that critics say threaten democracy. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd gets the latest from James Fredrick , reporter in Mexico City.

Mexico's Journalists Speak Truth To Power, And Lose Their Lives For It

MEXICO CITY - When Gildo Garza finally fled his home state of Tamaulipas in 2017 and arrived in Mexico City, he knew where to go first: the federal attorney general's office. Even if the chances were slim, he had a sliver of hope investigators would find and prosecute the narcos and corrupt politicians who wanted him dead for his reporting.

Mexican Rock Giants Café Tacvba On Touring Trump's America

Café Tacvba is huge in Latin America. The Mexican rock band has won Latin Grammys and played major U.S. festivals, like South by Southwest and Coachella. Its music has always had a political edge - but its members have never seen a moment quite like this one.

In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter

In Mexican lucha libre - professional wrestling known for its masked fighters and cartoonish style - the bad guys rule. They're known simply as rudos. "Mexican lucha libre is for rudos. We welcome any rudo who wants to come in here and be badder than the others," says Marco Espinosa, a fan, from beneath his souvenir lucha libre mask.

Latino USA
Going Home and Struggling to Fit Back In

If you were born in Mexico but spent most of your life the United States, who are you? Well of course, you could say you're Mexican-American. But does that mean you can pass effortlessly from one culture to the other? Yovany Diaz, 25, lives with these...

Why Child Marriage Persists In Mexico

A dozen young women sit in a stuffy, gnat-filled room in a community center in Coatecas Altas, part of Mexico's Oaxaca state. At first they're shy. But it doesn't take long for them to start talking about the pressures they face to marry at a young age.

Earthquake Hits Mexican State Of Morelos Hard

A large number of those killed are in central Morelos state. Unlike the capital city where thousands of volunteers are helping to rescue survivors, there is far less help in Morelos and far more dead. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Rescuers are digging through the rubble in central Mexico.

Violence From Mexico's Drug War Moves Into Mexico City

Steve Inskeep talks to reporter James Fredrick in Mexico City about a number of alleged narco traffickers who were killed in a shootout with Mexican soldiers. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: In Mexico City yesterday, there was a full-on shootout between the military and a drug cartel. Multiple people were killed.

A 73-Year-Old Is Latest Victim Of Deadly Attacks On Mexican Journalists

You wouldn't expect a 73-year-old to be on the crime beat, but Maximino Rodriguez Palacios couldn't help himself, says Cuauhtemoc Morgan, editor of the Baja California news blog Colectivo Pericu. "It was totally by chance," he tells NPR. "In November 2014, Max called me about a shooting near his home in La Paz.


PBS NewsHour
In desperate quest to reach U.S., Central American migrants fear gangs, police

Around 3,000 Hondurans are currently traveling through Guatemala on their way to the U.S. President Trump has threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan isn't stopped. But migrants say they fear not just deportation, but threats from violent gangs and police during the journey north.

PBS NewsHour
The Cancun that tourists don't often see: soaring murders amid a bloody drug war

It's not part of Cancun that tourists travel to see: heavily armed police working to stop a soaring homicide rate. The fallout of Mexico's campaign targeting drug cartel leaders is spilling onto the periphery of the famous beach destination, where fractured gangs fight for control. Yet the area's violence has rarely put vacationers in danger.

PBS NewsHour
In central Mexico, earthquake survivors face extensive damage

Mexico's government said Sunday that 318 people died from last week's major earthquake, including 180 people in Mexico City, where dozens of buildings collapsed. Outside the city, residents of rural towns and villages are assessing massive damage to their homes and businesses. NewsHour Correspondent William Brangham spoke with residents of several communities about what comes next.

PBS NewsHour
On the road in Mexico, Central American migrants face an uncertain future

Thousands of Central Americans cross into Mexico every day, dreaming of more peaceful and prosperous lives. For many, this is the first moment of a long, dangerous journey north. While more and more migrants are choosing to stay in Mexico, others still hope to make it to the United States.



Financial Times
Chill Wind Blows Through Mexico's Industrial Powerhouse

Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world. Stay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert commentary and analysis you can trust.

Public Radio International
Mexico's gun dealers are unfazed by Obama: 'We'll just open another channel'

MEXICO CITY - Javier scoots onto a plastic stool in a courtyard. He reaches beneath his shirt and pulls out a shiny Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. He deftly spins it through his hands, ejects the magazine, and holds it out for inspection. "This one's new, straight from its packaging," he says.

Rebuilding a high-risk community, one consultation at a time

"We welcome anyone in this clinic, we don't turn anyone away," says Wendy Espinoza, the health centre's nurse, who knows everyone in town. Keeping doors open to all may sound like a simple achievement. But it is a feat in some of the high risk neighbourhoods in San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second city.

Streetside Shocks-Makeshift

Carlos Victorino clutches a stiff brown briefcase and clinks together two metal rods as he wanders the dusky streets of Mexico City's historic centro. He eyeballs the families and revelers out on a busy Saturday night, beckoning them to approach with the clink-clink-clink of his hand.

Financial Times
Mexico builds its own wall against migrants - FT.com

Donald Trump wants a wall on America's southern border to keep illegal immigrants out. But for people such as Rosa, whose husband, mother, sister, brother-in-law and two nephews were murdered in her native Honduras by gangs who then tried to recruit

Salvadorans fleeing street gangs find safety in Belize village

He found the village, scraped together enough money for a plot of land and began subsistence farming. Nearly 30 years later, he makes a comfortable living, growing cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes and more to sell in the Belizean capital, Belmopan. One of his sons has gone to university and a daughter is on her way there.

Selling in Limbo-Makeshift

David rocks back and forth in the swaying train car. His hair, shaved short on the sides and hanging long on top, sways with him. His voice is soft and friendly in conversation but drops an octave, hitting the hard, familiar tone of a sales pitch in the depths of the metro.