Voices

Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.

Soldiers hold up closed fists motioning for silence during rescue efforts at the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 22, 2017
Reports of a girl trapped in the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City captured the world's attention, but the story was created by bad journalistic and government practices.
Lin Barton surveys the damage at the marina in Rockport where he has lived and worked. (Photos by Jan-Albert Hootsen)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 06, 2017
Residents of coastal towns return to find toppled RV’s, convenience stores without roofs and furniture scattered over the road.
Claudio Montes checks a shipping manifest for U.S. manufactured parts heading to assembly plants in Mexico at Freight Dispatch Service Agency LTD in Pharr, Texas in June 2017. The freight service ships parts between the U.S. and Mexico that pass through the border freely due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 29, 2017
Nafta has been the world’s most valuable trade deal, and its consequences are more deeply felt in Mexico than in the United States or Canada.
Politics & Society Features
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 08, 2017
Bishop Ruiz preached “evangelization by the poor,” instructed his priests to study local indigenous languages and trained hundreds of catechists and deacons.
Diana Martinez, who had been deported from the United States, stands on the bridge linking El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, in February 2016. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 02, 2017
Many Mexicans who lived most of their lives in the United States have been forced to return to a country they hardly know.
Pemex’s network of pipelines is an easy target for gangs who puncture the ducts and siphon the fuel to sell. (Esdelval/iStock)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJune 22, 2017
Thieves are puncturing fuel pipelines in Mexico and siphoning profits from the national oil company.
Javier Valdez, a veteran reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain on May 15, 2017, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers. (Ríodoce via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMay 30, 2017
I regularly report on violence against journalists in Mexico. But Javier’s death came as a personal blow to me.
Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte, center, is escorted by agents of the local Interpol office inside a police car as they arrive at Guatemala City, early Sunday, April 16, 2017. Duarte, who is accused of running a ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, has been detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and a high-profile symbol of government corruption. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMay 03, 2017
Mexicans are no stranger to widespread corruption, which costs the country a staggering $100 billion per year, according to last year’s National Corruption Forum. Governors are especially likely to become involved with graft.
Miroslava Breach Velducea. Photo courtesy of Patricia Mayorga.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 24, 2017
Four attacks on reporters in such a short timespan have shocked Mexico, already a country press freedom organizations say is one the most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.
"AMLO" campaigns in La Perla, Veracruz on March 25.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 05, 2017
As next year’s presidential election draws ever closer, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador may be the number one candidate.