New York, NY
Von Diaz is a Colorlines reporter and multimedia producer, as well as an editor for Feet in Two Worlds, which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the Web. Von focuses her reporting on immigration, Latino arts and culture, LGBT issues and food. Her work has been featured on PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC, and Feet in Two Worlds. In 2011 she won an Ippie Award for her multi-media story on homeless, gay immigrant youth in New York.
In addition to reporting she has also worked in communications for El Museo del Barrio, a Latino museum and cultural institution; and Spark, a San Francisco-based youth mentorship program. She also dedicates her time to a number of youth empowerment causes, and serves on Board of Fundación ALMA, a Colombian music and art education program, and is the chair of the Advisory Board for Media Masters Alliance, a New York LGBTQA media literacy and mentorship program.
Von holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta, Ga.
by Von Diaz on October 14 2013, 9:00AM
Non-citizen women are three to six times more likely to experience domestic violence than those born in the U.S. As immigration reform efforts stall, those women are left out in the cold.
by Von Diaz on October 11 2013, 3:56PM
As part of ‘Coming Out for Safe Schools,’ this is the first time the LAUSD has gone to such extensive measures to show solidarity towards LGBTQ students.
by Von Diaz on October 11 2013, 2:00PM
Kendrick Johnson’s parents believe their son was murdered, and have called on Benjamin Crump out of suspicions that police mishandled their case because their son is black.
by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 4:32PM
Following a settlement over ‘roving’ border patrols in Washington state, the ACLU is turning its attention to similar circumstances in Arizona.
by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 2:26PM
Convicted of 24 counts including tax crimes, bribery, extortion, and racketeering, Kilpatrick received one of the steepest sentences ever imposed on a public official.
by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 11:19AM
The Florida law that aided George Zimmerman’s acquittal in Trayvon Martin murder trial is under scrutiny.
by Von Diaz on October 9 2013, 5:06PM
Arizona police used pepper spray and rubber bullets against demonstrators who attempted to stop Border Patrol from taking two immigrants into custody.
by Von Diaz on October 9 2013, 10:14AM
Thousands came out for Tuesday’s rally in Washington D.C., the latest demonstration aimed at putting pressure on Congress to take action on immigration reform.
by Von Diaz on October 8 2013, 4:55PM
In a new music video produced by the Richmond, CA youth organization RYSE, young men of color connect with the recent deaths of three young men of color.
by Von Diaz on October 8 2013, 10:04AM
The ACLU’s new campaign aims to put pressure on Global-Tel-Link, one of the two large companies that continue to charge high prison phone call rates despite the FCC’s August ruling to reduce them.
by Von Diaz on October 7 2013, 11:26AM
Following an event last Thursday night, Charis Books and More was spray-painted with anti-gay slurs and vulgar imagery.
by Von Diaz on October 7 2013, 9:29AM
On Saturday CA Gov. Jerry Brown signed the ‘TRUST Act’ into law, which prohibits local law enforcement from detaining immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.
by Von Diaz on October 4 2013, 2:52PM
Marquell Smith helped repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and is now turning his attention towards another LGBT cause.
by Von Diaz on October 4 2013, 12:13PM
After spending more than 40 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace died today at age 71.
by Von Diaz on October 3 2013, 12:43PM
Transportation and elder home care have already been suspended for Montana’s Crow Tribe, which saw half of its employed members furloughed due to the government shutdown.