Valerie Hamilton reports on the west coast and the US-Mexico border for US and European public media. She lives in Los Angeles.
Conflict & Justice
As ISIS takes over Mosul, Iraqi Christian refugees and immigrants in California are pushing for those still in Iraq to be granted safe passage to the US. Many Iraqi Christians who live in the US gather in a Southern California coffee shop to talk of the decaying state of their country.
Arts, Culture & Media
A catchy song is getting plenty of play on Central American airwaves, but not everyone knows it was funded by the US government.
Development & Education
Undocumented immigrants in California will soon be allowed to get driver's licenses, but first they have to pass the driving test.
Lifestyle & Belief
What do you drink when carnival time in Quebec City and it's freezing cold? The answer's Caribou. But what exactly is in the high-octane party drink?
The Korean American community is standing by a new statue honoring thousands of "comfort women," or sex slaves, used by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Japanese conservatives say the statue has to go. And both sides are taking the issue to the White House.