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Aura Bogado

Aura Bogado
News Editor
New York, NY

Aura Bogado is Colorlines' news editor and reporter, covering a range of issues including Native American communities, immigration and community organizing. Aura was the community journalism coordinator and an investigative reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, a partnership between Colorlines and The Nation to cover the attack against voting rights and the community response to it during the 2012 elections.

Aura has reported in Spanish and English from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and the United States. Her work has been published in Mother Jones, Newsweek Argentina, AlterNet, and The Huffington Post. With the support of the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, she conducted an in-depth examination on the consequences of immigration enforcement by local police in Arizona.

Aura has worked as a national host and producer for the Pacifica Radio network. While there, she also coordinated a media literacy and training program for youth of color in Los Angeles with a grant from the California Technology Foundation. She was a founding member of 33+1/3 Books Collective, an independent bookstore and gallery in Los Angeles. In 2006, City Lights Books published The Other Campaign, which featured her exclusive interview with Subcomandante Marcos, his first in five years.

She earned her B.A. from Yale University, majoring in American Studies. An immigrant from South America of indigenous (Guarani) decent, she is currently based in New York, and plays son jarocho music in her spare time.

Follow Aura at @aurabogado.

Will ICE Deport Barack's Mom?

Will ICE Deport Barack’s Mom?

by Aura Bogado on August 16 2013, 4:18PM

Sandra Elizabeth Borja Armeo is in immigrant detention because she wants to come home to her son, Barack.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

More Cheesesteak, Less Hate

More Cheesesteak, Less Hate

by Aura Bogado on August 16 2013, 1:10PM

A Philly cheesesteak at Joe’s comes with a side of justice.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Correctional Officers Don't Like Mandatory Minimums, Either

Correctional Officers Don’t Like Mandatory Minimums, Either

by Aura Bogado on August 15 2013, 4:52PM

There’s a growing—and surprising—call to reform mandatory sentencing minimums.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Deported but Determined: DREAMer Raises Funds for London Grad School

Deported but Determined: DREAMer Raises Funds for London Grad School

by Aura Bogado on August 14 2013, 7:00AM

Nancy Landa was deported to Mexico—but that’s not stopping her from achieving her dream to advocate for international migrants.

Topics: Immigration

Why Does Google Translate Mistranslate and Use the I-Word?

Why Does Google Translate Mistranslate and Use the I-Word?

by Aura Bogado on August 12 2013, 1:54PM

Google Translate incorrectly and offensively mistranslates “undocumented” to “illegal.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Three Things to Celebrate on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Three Things to Celebrate on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

by Aura Bogado on August 9 2013, 1:51PM

Today is a great day to think about indigenous peoples, language, treaties, and mapping.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Dream 9 Come Home

The Dream 9 Come Home

by Aura Bogado on August 8 2013, 9:02AM

The nine transnational activists were released from detention, and are all headed back to their communities in the US.

Topics: Dream 9, /NOW

Seven of the Dream 9 Establish Credible Fear for Asylum

Seven of the Dream 9 Establish Credible Fear for Asylum

by Aura Bogado on August 6 2013, 11:30AM

Supporters are pleased, but still working to release the activists from detention.

Topics: Dream 9, /NOW

Nine Things You Don't Know About the Dream 9

Nine Things You Don’t Know About the Dream 9

by Aura Bogado on August 5 2013, 3:37PM

For starters, they crossed over into the United States legally.

Topics: Dream 9, Immigration

New York School Bans 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian'

New York School Bans ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’

by Aura Bogado on August 2 2013, 11:55AM

The prize winning book has been banned at yet another school.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Jay Smooth: The Magical Danger of Sagging Pants

Jay Smooth: The Magical Danger of Sagging Pants

by Aura Bogado on August 1 2013, 3:52PM

Jay Smooth was surprised to learn that structural inequalities suddenly disappear when black people stop sagging their pants.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media, /NOW

'A Girl Hanged Herself Here'

‘A Girl Hanged Herself Here’

by Aura Bogado on August 1 2013, 9:30AM

70 women go on hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center to protest terrifying conditions and demand their own releases.

Topics: Dream 9, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Student Abandoned in Tiny Government Cell to Receive $4.1 Million

Student Abandoned in Tiny Government Cell to Receive $4.1 Million

by Aura Bogado on July 30 2013, 3:11PM

Daniel Chong was trapped for five days without a window, food, water, toilet, or any contact. He is still being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dream 9 Mom:

Dream 9 Mom: “My Son Is a Warrior”

by Aura Bogado on July 26 2013, 7:00AM

For family and friends of the Dream 9 border crossers, activism is catching.

Topics: Dream 9, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Are Representative King's Racist Anti-Immigrant Remarks Anything New?

Are Representative King’s Racist Anti-Immigrant Remarks Anything New?

by Aura Bogado on July 25 2013, 4:00PM

The lawmaker’s comments about drug mules are just the latest in a long history of anti-Mexican sentiment.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Undocumented Activists Take a Giant Risk to Return Home

Undocumented Activists Take a Giant Risk to Return Home

by Aura Bogado on July 23 2013, 8:30AM

The so-called Dream 9 crossed the U.S./Mexico border yesterday amid cheers from supporters. Now comes the hard part: actually staying in the United States.

Topics: Dream 9, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won't Be Named

Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won’t Be Named

by Aura Bogado on July 22 2013, 8:27AM

The president’s remarks Friday are notable both for what he said and what he omitted.

Topics: Politics, Trayvon Martin

Obama: Trayvon 'Could've Been Me 35 Years Ago'

Obama: Trayvon ‘Could’ve Been Me 35 Years Ago’

by Aura Bogado on July 19 2013, 2:20PM

The president explicitly addresses race in connection to the Zimmerman trial verdict.

Topics: /NOW

Putting Casual Racism on Trial

Putting Casual Racism on Trial

by Aura Bogado on July 18 2013, 7:00AM

How silence on race intensified racism in the George Zimmerman trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Baby Veronica To Be Adopted by White Couple

Baby Veronica To Be Adopted by White Couple

by Aura Bogado on July 17 2013, 5:42PM

South Carolina’s Supreme Court rules to take the Cherokee child away from her father.

Topics: Baby Veronica, /NOW