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The Seekers Part 2: The Cost of Deportations

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The Cost of Deportations looks at deportation through the lens of one Central American nation that sends migrants north— Guatemala. 

About two million Guatemalans live in the US. But, half of those here lack legal status, and tens of thousands of Guatemalans are deported back to their country each year.

Thus, the question arises… are the countries these migrants left prepared for an influx of returnees?

This week, journalist Maria Martin explores that and other questions— including whether some Guatemalans still plan to migrate north, even given the hardening of immigration policy in the US.

Thank You’s and Credits: Reporting made possible by a grant from FIJ— the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Voice Overs by Miguel Estrada, Claude Marks, Jesús Hermosillo, Joel Ulloa, Max Ferrin, Glenn Ontiveros, Ruxandra Guidi, Jonathan Lawson, and Chris Stehlik.

Image Credit: Women on their way to Claudia Gomez’ wake, carrying offerings for the family of the slain migrant–Maria Martin

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  • Carlos Lopez, Casa del Migrante Guatemala
  • Martin, Juan Sebastian, Rodolfo, and Hicer – Guatemalans who have migrated and been deported, or who have attempted to migrate to the US
  • Lisbeth Gramajo, Anthropologist at Rafael Landivar University
  • Willie Barreno, Chef and Founder of Cafe Red Kat
  • Fredy Lopez, San Pedro Credit Cooperative
  • Don Julio, Q’anjobal Maya Elder
  • Don Sebastian Gaspar, Business Owner
  • Father Mauro Verzeletti, Director Casa del Migrante Guatemala and El Salvador
  • Father Dionisio, Pastor of San Pedro Catholic Church
  • Marvin Otzcoy, Guatemalan Fraternity of Northern Nevada


  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Episode Producer & Reporter: Maria Martin
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


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  • “Fater Lee”, Black Ant  (open)

  • “Rise”, Meydan (credits)

Author: Radio Project

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