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An investigation into the spread of COVID in immigrant detention centers, our comic book and our reporting on trans asylum seekers

Claudia Hernández for Borderless Magazine
Gianna Valladares celebrates her 25th birthday with her friends at Casa de Colores in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico March 2, 2021.

An investigation into the spread of COVID in immigrant detention centers, our comic book and our reporting on trans asylum seekers

Borderless is proud to share that we’ve been nominated for three Peter Lisagor Awards for journalism! Established in 1977 by the Chicago Headline Club, the Lisagor Awards recognizes outstanding coverage from publications based in Illinois. Our stories from 2021 are finalists across three categories: Best Illustration, Best Investigative or In-depth Reporting, and Best Reporting on Race and Diversity. 

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As a small nonprofit working to make immigration reporting more community-centered, we are thrilled that our work is being recognized among the best. Read the nominated stories below. Winners will be announced at the 45th annual Peter Lisagor Awards dinner ceremony on Friday, May 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Congrats to Maria Maynez, Mike Centeno, Chelsea Verstegen, Adriana Rezal, Claire Voon and Claudia Hernández for their work being recognized!

And a special thanks to Northwestern University journalism graduate students Jeff A. Chamer, Amy Ouyang and Isabelle Stroobandt for their reporting contributions to our story nominated for the Best Investigative or In-depth Reporting award.

Illustration by Mike Centeno for Borderless Magazine

Best Illustration: Reclaiming The Sacrifice Zone by Maria Maynez, illustrated by Mike Centeno

The youth-led campaign for environmental justice on the Southeast Side.

Our comic was also named the Best Visual Journalism Project of 2021 in the national LION journalism awards.

As COVID-19 cases in immigrant detention centers continue to rise, demonstrators listen to advocates speak against the detention and deportation of immigrants during a rally held by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights on July 8, 2021 in downtown Chicago, Ill. Camilla Forte/Borderless Magazine

Best Investigative or In-depth Reporting: As COVID-19 Spread Through Midwest Detention Centers, ICE Struggled To Provide Accurate Data by Chelsea Verstegen and Adriana Rezal

Inaccessible and inconsistent, statistics publicly reported by the enforcement agency contribute to its systemic mishandling of COVID-19 — underscoring a clear need for greater oversight, researchers say.

The women from Casa de Colores pose on the terrace of the building in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico Feb 5, 2021. Top row, left to right, Alexa Ponce, Keyra Santa Maria, Chantal Ramirez; middle row, left to right, Tania Rivera, Brittany Elías, Susana Coreas, Fernanda Levi, Yazmin Rodríguez, Yeimi Mondragon; bottom row, left to right, Maitte López, Gianna Valladares, and Dexa. Claudia Hernández for Borderless Magazine

Best Reporting on Race and Diversity: The Family That Transgender Asylum Seekers Built by Claudia Hernández

Mexico’s Casa de Colores has provided a home to a group of Salvadoran transgender women while they wait for asylum in the United States.

Claudia’s story was also a finalist for the national Breaking Barriers award in the 2021 Nonprofit News Awards.

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