Eileen Truax journalist and writer

About Eileen

Eileen Truax was born in Mexico City, where she was a political reporter and a Congress correspondent for five years. In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles and for seven years worked for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-Language newspaper in the US, covering immigration, politics, and Mexico-US relations.

Her work has been published in El Universal, ReformaHoy Los Angeles, Proceso, Gatopardo, Newsweek en EspañolVice en Español, Univisión.com, Americas Quarterly and Revista Ñ, among others. She’s also co-founder of Malaespina Producciones, a documentary and short films video production company based in Los Angeles.

Eileen is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and is co-founder of Cuadernos. Colectivo de Cronistas iberoamericanos, a journalist network with members in eight countries. In 2016 she was selected as one of the recipients of the ICFJ's "Bringing Home the World" International Reporting Fellowship, to cover stories about immigrant youth in Spain.

Books and publications

Eileen is author of Dreamers, an Immigrant Generation’s fight for their American Dream (Océano, 2013; Beacon Press, 2015), a book that sheds light about the situation of undocumented students in the US. We built the wall, her forthcoming book about how the US shuts down asylum seekers is due for publication in January 2018 (Verso).

Her stories have been published in three other books: Los 12 mexicanos más pobres. El lado B de la lista de millonarios (Planeta, 2016), a project with an “anti-Forbes” list portraying people living in poverty in Mexico and the US; 72 Migrantes (Almadía, 2011), a book with stories about Central American immigrants murdered in northern Mexico; and Tú y yo coincidimos en la noche terrible (2012), a memoir on murdered Mexican journalists. She was also an English-Spanish translator of the Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement report series for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Her first novel, Fecha de Caducidad, co-authored with Beatriz Rivas and Armando Vega-Gil (Alfaguara, 2015) is a love story crossed by the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico.

Eileen's third non-fiction book with stories about Mexican's resistance in the US in the Trump era will be released in Mexico by Fall 2017.

Book Reviews

“Eileen Truax offers a gripping, close-up account of the lives of Dreamers—those young undocumented people who President Obama argued are American ‘in every single way but one: on paper.’ Through in-depth interviews and participation in their organizations and events, Truax captures the Dreamers’ passions and hopes, as well as the heartbreaking challenges that our country’s policies impose on them. She also paints a convincing portrait of the painstaking work and heady successes of one of the country’s most important movements for social change in the twenty-first century.”

—Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

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Panels and workshops

As a member of Cuadernos. Colectivo de Cronistas Latinoamericanos, Eileen Truax is part of a team who teaches writing and reporting workshops for journalism students in Mexico. She also teaches a writing workshop for the Parents Task Force of Best Start Metro LA, a community partnership in Los Angeles that maintains healthy and safe neighborhoods for children and families. The stories produced by her students, mostly immigrant mothers, are published in the program's newsletter and distributed among their own communities.

Eileen's often invited to participate in book fairs and forums to discuss about journalism, immigration and education. Among others, she has been a speaker at the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the Institute for the Americas, the Claremont McKenna College, and the Miami Dade College. In Mexico she has been invited to the Universidad Iberoamericana, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) and in the Colloquium of International Migration, in Mexico; and in Spain, to the Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Digital Journalism Congress in Huesca.

Eileen was one of the speakers at the 89Plus Americas Marathon in Mexico City, an event that brought together emerging practitioners from different disciplines with world-renowned artists and thinkers. In the most recent edition of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Festival in Medellín, Colombia, she was part of a panel about immigration moderated by Jon Lee Anderson.

In 2016 she was invited to speak in "Making Americans, Making America: Immigration, Citizenship and the Public University" a special forum hosted by Gen. Colin Powell, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Education and awards

Eileen holds a B.A. in Social Communication and an M.A. in Communication and Politics (Summa Cum Laude) from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.

She has been a fellow with the Scripps Howard Immigration Program (International Center for Journalists, ICFJ); the Knight Digital Media Center; the Immigration in the Heartland program (Institute for Justice and Journalism, IJJ); and the Inter-American Development Bank Training for Latin-American journalists (Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, FNPI).

She has twice received the José Martí Publishing Award from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP, 2010, 2015). In 2010 she received the Media Woman of the Year Award from the California State Legislature. In 2016 she received an Honorary Mention by the Inter-American Press Society.

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email: eileentruax [at] gmail [dot] com

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