In January, 2010, Narcotraficantes stormed into a party and killed several teenagers in Villas del Salvárcar, in Ciudad Juárez. It was the wrong address, and a massacre that left the small neighborhood devastated. Borderland journalist, Alfredo Corchado had told tragic stories so many times before, but this time, he felt something needed to be done to help. The SOMOS Fund was started to provide scholarships in Juárez. Your contribution will help to provide an opportunity for a student in Juárez with a vision to make more of themselves in the wake of this senseless tragedy.
Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness. Born in Durango, Mexico, he was raised in California and Texas. He worked the fields of California alongside his parents who were members of the United Farm Workers union led by Cesar Chavez. Corchado began his career in journalism at the El Paso Herald-Post, before working for the Wall Street Journal. He is a 2009 Nieman, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, Lannan, USMEX and IOP fellow, and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. He is also a former director of the Borderlands Program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He has reported on the reach of Mexican drug cartels into the United States, the plight of Mexican and Central American immigrants in the U.S. and government corruption on both sides of the border. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2018. Corchado lives between El Paso and Mexico City but calls the border home. His book HOMELANDS, was launched June 5, 2018 and talks about the paths that he and three friends took after they immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s.