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Kate Fenner

While in Oaxaca, Mexico, Kate Fenner collaborated with Witness for Peace to support a “Roots of Migration” U.S. speaker tour where she helped create a comprehensive and compelling visual media project that focuses on often-ignored aspects of migration.

New Breed: Kate Fenner

I met Kate around the time she asked me to work as advisor on her International Media Capstone Project, which she planned to shoot in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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I agreed, and soon afterward she headed to Oaxaca where she partnered with Witness for Peace (www.witnessforpeace.org), which works to focus U.S. awareness on pressing social issues in Mexico and Central America. (I first became aware of Witness during the 1980s when I lived in Nicaragua and covered the U.S.-backed Contra War for Newsweek Magazine. At the time, Witness maintained a presence on Nicaragua’s northern border with Honduras.)

Kate collaborated with the group to support a “Roots of Migration” U.S. speaker tour. For two months in Oaxaca, she helped create a comprehensive and compelling visual media project that focuses on often-ignored aspects of migration. Witness provided contacts and translation support and she provided technical and journalistic expertise.

It’s been a delight working with Kate. And she’s using media to make a difference. We’re sure you will enjoy her work.

- By Bill Gentile

Read more about Fenner

Kate produced three short documentaries.

The Perils of Migration


The Perils of Migration examines Central American migrants’ dangerous journey to the USA through Mexico on the top of freight trains, facing kidnapping, police assault, rape, robbery and physical harm.

Those Left Behind


Those Left Behind explores the emotional and economic impact on women and children left in Mexico when their husbands/fathers migrate to the US for work.

Returning to a Foreign Home


Returning to a Foreign Home looks at how returned migrants readjust to life back in Mexico and the cultural, economic and psychological issues they face.