John Carlos


We found mass graves in the United States, 200 bodies. If they were Anglo I think we would be hearing about it.

John Carlos Frey is an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker shining a spotlight on life along the US-Mexico border. His work around the struggles of migrant communities has earned him a reputation as a gritty first-hand reporter. For 2007’s The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon, he lived outdoors among migrants in deplorable conditions next door to some of the most affluent areas of America.

His desire to pull back the curtain on what’s really happening on Mexico’s border with the US has taken him directly into the world of this marginalized population to ultimately help bring change. His reporting has brought safety features to canals that were drowning migrants, audits of police departments, and investigations into Homeland Security use-of-force protocols.

Besides his documentary work, Frey has appeared in The Nation, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

His investigative reporting has earned him a George Polk Award, an IRE Medal, and two Society of Professional Journalism Awards, as well as recognition from Amnesty International, The ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and others.

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