Deborah Bonello

Senior Editor, Latin America

deborah.bonello@vice.com
El Salvador

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
3 days ago
El Salvador

Coyotes Are Now Smuggling Migrants Back Home After They've Given Up on America

Travel restrictions around COVID-19 across Latin America mean some of those who want to get back home have to do it illegally.
Bryan Avelar
Deborah Bonello
8.27.20
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
8.18.20
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 the smuggling of life-saving medicine into Mexico.
Deborah Bonello
8.4.20
DRUG CARTELS

Mexico Just Arrested a Cartel Boss Known as 'The Sledgehammer'

The move is an attempt by AMLO's government to claw back a semblance of control in the violence-plagued state, but it gives an opening to a rival cartel.
Deborah Bonello
8.3.20
Drugs

Why Mexican Cartels Are Shooting Up Drug Rehabs

Last week’s massacre at a drug rehab was the latest in a string of attacks on drug users in Mexico.
Deborah Bonello
7.10.20
Cannabis

Mexican Farmers Are Growing Cartel-Free ‘Ethical’ Weed

We spoke to farmers in Sinaloa growing "blood-free" cannabis with no ties to the local 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
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