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Danielle Marie Mackey
Danielle Mackey is an independent investigative journalist who has been based in El Salvador for most of the past decade. Mackey covers security and development in Central America and the United States. Her work has been published in U.S. outlets like the The Intercept, The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Mackey has been a grantee of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and the Fund for Constitutional Government, and a Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. She formerly worked on the research team at The Intercept, and holds a Master in journalism and Latin American Studies from New York University.
Mackey is currently pursuing a long-term project about security polices, gangs and violence; and another about political corruption and financial crimes. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the journalism department at the City University of New York-Lehman College.
- “A Boundless Battlefield.” A Salvadoran gang member tries to retire. The Intercept, November 2018
- “The Rise of the NetCenter: How an army of trolls protects Guatemala’s corrupt elite.” The Intercept, April 2018.
- The drug war corruption that’s fueling Honduran electoral chaos. The Intercept, December 2017.
- Historic turn in US foreign policy in El Salvador pits federal agencies against the Trump administration. The Intercept, October 2018,
- “Deported into a Nightmare.” Life after deportation for Central American teenagers. The Atlantic, June 2018.
- “El Salvador’s ‘Iron Fist’ Crackdown on Gangs: A lethal policy with US origins.” World Politics Review, February 2018.
- “Where the Bodies are Buried.” Searching for the disappeared with drones in Mexico. The Verge, May 2019,
- “Drugs, Dams and Power: The Murder of Berta Caceres.” The Intercept, March 2016.
- When corporations sue governments: ISDS and the new EU-US trade treaty. Al Jazeera America, May 2015.
- Charter Cities: A dangerous US economic experiment in Honduras. The New Republic, December 2014.
- Seeking justice when perpetrators of rights violations are multi-national corporations: The case of the Alien Tort Statute. Le Monde Diplomatique, July 2014.
- Seeking Justice from Colombia to Central America. Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2018,
- A Salvadoran fiction writer goes into exile. The New Yorker, February 2016,
- “At the Devil’s Door.” A murder, a search for justice and the violence that trans women face in El Salvador. Mashable, Feb 2016.
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