Public Speaker Valeria Fernandez with Speaking Matters, a speakers bureau

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Valeria Fernández


  • Unaccompanied Minors at the Border: A Humanitarian Crisis
  • Two Americans — Screening and Talkback

Travels from: Phoenix, AZ

Valeria Fernández, a native of Uruguay, is a versatile, bilingual producer and journalist with a passion for telling extraordinary stories about ordinary people rooted in shoe-leather and investigative journalism.

Fernández has been reporting on Arizona's immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for more than a decade. As a senior reporter for La Voz newspaper, Fernández produced in-depth features about the plight of unaccompanied minors mistakenly charged as adults for crossing the U.S. border. The National Association of Hispanic Publications named Fernández "Latina Journalist of the Year" in 2004.

She recently co-directed and produced "Two Americans," a documentary that parallels the life of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known as the nation's toughest sheriff, and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents are undocumented and were arrested by the sheriff's deputies during a workplace raid. The film, which was co-directed by Dan DeVivo, premiered in Tucson as part of the Arizona International Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Fernández is a frequent guest on public radio and Spanish TV shows to talk about immigration issues and recently has been covering the surge of migrant children on the border as a producer for Al Jazeera English and writer for the Associated Press in Spanish.

In 2010, she produced a documentary for CNN Spanish in Guatemala, on family separation and survival, featuring the story of minor children left behind by their parents now living in the U.S.

Fernández currently freelances for CNN Español, The World PRI, New Times, Al Jazeera English and the Associated Press.

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The U.S. Tries to Deport Not Protect Children Fleeing Violence in Central America