Deborah Bonello

Senior Editor, Latin America

deborah.bonello@vice.com

El Salvador's Hipster President Is Attacking the Media

The environment for investigative outlets in the Central American nation is dire. Journalists who've written critically about the president face criminal investigations and threats from government officials.
Emily Green
Deborah Bonello
21 hours ago
mexico

Mexico’s Government Can't Find 70,000 Missing People

President AMLO promised to prioritize the search for Mexico's 'disappeared', but his efforts have merely frustrated families looking for their loved ones.
Jennifer González
Deborah Bonello
8.25.20
worldnews-coronavirus

COVID May Be Killing Hundreds of Prisoners in Mexico

Reports from inmates' families, and several official data points, indicate the surge in deaths in the shrouded prison system could be from the coronavirus.
Deborah Bonello
8.19.20
Cocaine

Cops Are Seizing Massive Amounts of Cocaine in Honduras During COVID-19

It’s a huge uptick from 2019 in this key transit nation where the president has been implicated by drug traffickers.
Deborah Bonello
8.14.20
immigration

Nobody Knows How Many Migrants Are Being Held In Mexico's Squalid Detention Centers

Advocates fear COVID-19 could be spreading through the centers used to detain undocumented migrants.
Deborah Bonello
8.10.20
LGBTQ

Trans Women Are Finally Getting Justice in El Salvador

Two police were convicted of killing a trans woman and sentenced to 20 years in prison. It's the first conviction for the killing of a trans person in the nation's history.
Deborah Bonello
8.5.20
Drugs

Restrictions to a New Kind of Drug Smuggling Are Harming Mexico's Opioid Users

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, tighter border controls have stopped drug workers from smuggling life-saving medicine into Mexico.
Deborah Bonello
8.4.20
Cannabis

There's 'Blood-Free' Weed Growing in the Middle of Cartel Land

We spoke to Mexican farmers in Sinaloa growing "ethical" cannabis with no ties to the drug cartels.
Deborah Bonello
Miguel Angel Vega
4.21.20
crime

The Honduran Drug Boss Who Helped the US Now Faces Deportation—and Death

Digna Valle Valle helped the DEA bring down some of Honduras' most powerful drug traffickers. Now she could be deported back to the country to die.
Deborah Bonello
4.13.20
crime

Coronavirus Is Leading to Shortages of Fentanyl And Meth

The pandemic has slowed the production and export of chemicals from China to Mexico, for onward smuggling into the U.S.
Deborah Bonello
3.19.20
Cocaine

The World's Biggest Legal Coca Industry Might Get Shut Down

A right-wing power grab in Bolivia could spell the end of a system that has likely kept the drug war in check.
Deborah Bonello
2.26.20
crime

Mexican Drug Cartels Are Openly Handing Out Toys To Win Over Local Families

As turf rivalries intensify, violent gangs step up the charm offensive to get locals on their side.
Deborah Bonello
1.28.20
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