Amy Bracken is a Boston-based independent reporter and radio producer. She mostly covers migration and all things Haitian but has also reported on religion and human rights, and she likes exploring the history behind current events. She is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Who could quibble with the US giving malnourished Haitian schoolchildren a shipment of US peanuts? There's history here, and a reason for suspicion.
In Zacualpa, Guatemala, some residents can't resist the gamble of taking out a loan and heading north. But they don't all make it and some go missing. Now help is at hand.
Deivis Ventura is the first openly gay candidate running for Congress in the Dominican Republic. An aide calls him "a shock to the brain of the DR’s conservative society.”
In a country that's seen more than its share of human hardship over the years, a rare iguana is the focus of a rare conservation effort, run by an unlikely leader.
Many Haitian migrants fled the Dominican Republic under threat of violence. But some continue to commute back across the border because they can't make a living in Haiti.
Thousands of Haitians who lived and worked in the Dominican Republic have fled across the border under threat of deportation or violence. Many are taking shelter in makeshift camps. At one school near the border, teachers are struggling to teach the children of these uprooted migrants along with the rest of their student population.
At Haiti's Village la Difference, residents enjoy amenities — and access to factory jobs — that few people in post-earthquake Haiti are able to get. But a group of women in the village are pushing for more better jobs, more self-sufficiency and a larger role for women in society.
French has long been the language of education in Haiti, despite the fact that few Haitians actually speak it. But while their native tongue, Creole, was once disdained as merely broken French, there's now a movement to make it the centerpiece of teaching on the island.
The UN says it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to UN peacekeepers and sexual abuse. But when a 14-year-old Haitian boy was abused by Pakistani peacekeepers, the UN did little to bring his case to justice in Haitian courts.