I am pleased to share the news of our recent receipt of an Emmy! For more than four years I have functioned as an “on air” Legal Expert for immigration matters on Univision’s KVER, a Spanish-language station that broadcasts to the entire Coachella Valley from Palm Springs to Arizona. Several months ago, I was asked to participate in a documentary regarding abuse by a Riverside County California deputy sheriff in the Coachella Valley who was misusing his authority to harass and scare local Hispanics, many of whom were residents of a trailer park in the area. He would stalk them and many were even afraid to leave their homes as he would stop them for meaningless reasons and then attempt to turn them over to ICE. He acted much like the infamous Arizona Sheriff, a well-known ultra conservative who has been sued by the federal government for civil rights abuses. This deputy sheriff was acting in the same manner and it became so egregious that even the local Republican congressman was concerned. Univision reporters went undercover and I participated as a legal and technical advisor in the preparation of the documentary with several appearances on camera. The story aired during the early winter months of 2014. On June 14, 2014 the story was awarded an Emmy for the coverage of “Crime”:
KVER-CA, Univision Palm Springs, California, Entravision Communications Corporation Crime – Single Story or Series
“Condenados en Tierra Ajena”
by Daniela Mosquera, Nora Milner and Enrique Chiabra
The story resulted in the removal of this deputy sheriff from the area and his superiors agreed to actively review all such practices in the jurisdiction with an assurance that no further abuses would be tolerated. I am proud to have played a part in this achievement.
This proves that with dedication and believe in the core values this nation stands for, we can make this country a better place for all to live in peace and security.