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Documented is a non-profit news site devoted solely to covering New York City’s immigrants and the policies that affect their lives.

Critical to our mission is ensuring we break the cycle of extractive immigration reporting, for that reason we rely heavily on listening to New York’s immigrant communities. Their insights inform our work and we create journalism in response to their needs.

We provide original reporting on the ground-level impact of shifts in labor policy, law–enforcement practices and bureaucratic requirements, and on the effects of new federal directives. And we’ll keep you updated on the most important news from elsewhere.

Our Team

Mazin Sidahmed

Co-Executive Director

Mazin Sidahmed previously worked for the Guardian US in New York during the 2016 US elections, where he covered a variety of issues including surveillance and criminal justice, as well as the rise of hate crimes following the election. Mazin left the news desk to join the award-winning Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab where he helped develop new mobile-specific story formats. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut. He reported on the Syrian refugee crisis, weapons transfers to Lebanon and the plight of migrant domestic workers. Upon moving to the U.S., Mazin also contributed to Politico New York where he covered real estate, with a focus on the New York City Housing Authority, and City politics.

Max Siegelbaum

Co-Executive Director

Max Siegelbaum began his career in post-revolution Egypt, reporting on politics and culture. He is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and has written for local newspapers in Denver and Pittsburgh, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and STAT, among others. His reporting for Documented led to the divestment of millions of public dollars from private prisons and contributed to policy changes in New York State. He has won awards from the Deadline Club, the Edward R. Murrow awards and was nominated for a Livingston Award. He oversees the editorial content at Documented.

Andrea Bichan

Development Director

Andrea Bichan’s development background spans 10+ years of working to sustainably and responsibly resource nonprofit organizations in New York City. Previously, she served as the Development and Communications Director of VOCAL-NY as well as the Development Director at Immigrant Justice Corps. She has also worked as an organizational growth and institutional giving consultant for organizations of varying budgets across the country, including the Drug Policy Alliance, Upwardly Global, Everybody Solar, and the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction.

Nicolás Ríos

Audience and Community Director

Nicolás Ríos is an Emmy-nominated multilingual Chilean journalist, who holds a Master in Digital Media Innovation from New York University and a B.S. in Social Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He worked as a reporter and a documentary fixer for Vice Media; as an international news reporter, senior editor and broadcaster for CNN Chile, and as a freelance reporter for BBC World Service (UK), El Mercurio (Chile) and Daily Trust (Nigeria). After moving to New York City in 2018, he worked with Documented, Axios and Quartz on projects that involved making audiences central to content creation and product development. He has also worked as a consultant for five Chilean newsrooms as they planned to launch membership revenue efforts.

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

Report for America Corps Member, Immigration Enforcement Reporter

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio is a Report for America Corps Member who covers immigration for Documented, where she focuses on immigration courts and detention. She has also covered various other topics, including asylum seekers coming to New York City, the resettlement of Afghans in New York and Ukrainians coming to the U.S. Prior to this, she was a national reporting fellow for The New York Times, writing about COVID-19, the pandemic’s effect on education and extreme weather, among other stories. McDonnell Nieto del Rio also reported on breaking news as an intern for her hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times. She is fluent in Spanish, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she majored in History. She focused on immigration reporting while earning her master’s from Columbia Journalism School. McDonnell Nieto del Rio has also worked for CNN in New York and Washington D.C.

Rommel H. Ojeda

Community Correspondent, Spanish-Speaking Communities

Rommel H. Ojeda is an award-winning bilingual journalist and Filmmaker based in New York City. He is the Community Correspondent at Documented, focusing on topics affecting the Spanish-speaking Latinx immigrant communities in New York. His works can be seen in Univision, Telemundo, The City, and others. He holds a master’s degree in Bilingual Journalism, with a specialization in Documentary Filmmaking from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Rommel is the author of several powerful investigations that Documented has published lately.

Amir Khafagy

Report for America Corps Member, Labor Reporter

Amir Khafagy is an award-winning New York City-based journalist. He is currently a Report for America corps member with Documented. Much of Amir's beat explores the intersections of labor, race, class, and immigration. His writing has been featured in The Guardian, Vice, The New Republic, Bloomberg, Prism, The City, The Appeal, Dame, The American Prospect, Jacobin, and In These Times. Additionally, Amir has worked as a researcher for the critically acclaimed podcast Serial. He has been awarded Type Investigations 2021 Ida B. Wells Fellowship, The Newmark J-School 2021 Education Reporting Scholarship, The International Center for Journalists COVID-19 Reporting Award, The New Economics Reporting Fellowship, The Economic Hardship Reporting Grant, The Talk Poverty Writer Workshop Fellowship, The Asian American Writers Workshop Open City Fellowship, and The AARP Freelance Fellowship. He also was a finalist for the Institute for Nonprofit News 2022 Breaking Barriers Award. Amir holds a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Urban Affairs from Queens College. A lifelong New Yorker, Amir was born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens into a working-class, Muslim, immigrant family. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father is an immigrant from Egypt. Follow him on Twitter @AmirKhafagy91

April Xu

Community Correspondent, Chinese Communities

April Xu is an award-winning journalist with more than nine years of experience covering the Chinese community in New York City. Before becoming Documented's Chinese Community Correspondent, she worked at the New York Bureau of Sing Tao Daily, one of the largest Chinese-language newspapers, covering breaking news, health, immigration, education, politics, business, social justice issues and court news. She has been a journalism fellow at USC Annenberg, CUNY, Montclair State University and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She endeavors to use her bilingual reporting skills to bridge the gap between the Chinese community and mainstream society.

Ralph Thomassaint Joseph

Community Correspondent, Caribbean Communities

Ralph Thomassaint Joseph is an award-winning multimedia journalist. Born in Haiti, he started reporting life in the camps after the terrible 2010 earthquake that killed over 200 000 in Haiti. He also covered the cholera outbreak, hurricane Matthew and the Petrocaribe corruption scandal. Ralph Thomassaint co-created the news section of the current most competitive Haitian digital news media, Ayibopost. He studied Law and Sociology in Haiti and holds a master’s degree in Digital Journalism from New York University. As Documented’s Caribbean Communities Correspondent, Ralph conducts audience research and develops a News vertical dedicated to the Caribbean immigrants living in New York.

Fisayo Okare

Newsletter Writer

Fisayo is a Newsletter Writer for Documented, with 5+ years of journalism experience. She writes Documented’s Early Arrival, which many immigration professionals read. Fisayo is a master’s graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and began her career in Nigeria, West Africa. In 2020, she worked as a Financial Journalist for Stears, a leading publication in Africa. In 2019, she worked with Yiaga Africa and co-authored a book about young legislators who overcame threats to win elections. Her first writing job was at the Native Magazine, rising through the ranks from an intern, to a journalist, and sub-editor. Fisayo has won awards including a scholarship from the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents. She earned a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Pan-Atlantic University, where she graduated with first class honors.

Clarissa A. León

Deputy Editor

Clarissa A. León is a Colombian American journalist, editor and educator originally from Reno, Nevada, and now based in New Jersey. Most recently, she acted as editorial director for the Pittsburgh-based PaydayReport.com, a nationally recognized labor publication. Following years of writing and reporting, with work appearing in Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Nation and Salon among many others, she received her Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. While there, in addition to teaching and writing, she acted as the managing editor of the award-winning literary arts journal, Aster(ix) Journal. Follow her on Twitter @clarissaleon

Anjelica La Furno

Development Associate

Anjelica La Furno is Documented's Development Associate, supporting our fundraising efforts through grant writing, donor management, and event planning. She has previously worked in programs and partnerships at New Women New Yorkers, an immigrant services provider, and in cultural programs and events at the National Organization of Italian American Women. An alumna of Hunter College at the City University of New York, she graduated with a Master's degree in Literature, Language, and Theory and a Bachelor's degree in English. She was born and bred in Queens, New York, and is passionate about economic justice, women's empowerment, and immigrant rights.

Madeline Faber

Digital Producer

Madeline Faber is an engagement journalist based in New York City. As an audience and social media professional, she is dedicated to building relationships with underserved audiences. She is the social media manager at Documented and a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism's Engagement Journalism program. Previously, she was executive editor of High Ground News, a publication that created embedded reporting in Memphis neighborhoods. She has also worked in audience development with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Memphis-based MLK50. She also worked as a beat reporter at the Memphis Business Journal and the Memphis Daily News.

Madeline Faber is Documented's Digital Producer and an award-winning reporter with experience covering economic justice and neighborhood development.

Twitter @maiden_memphis

Board Directors

Christiana Mbakwe-Medina

Christiana Mbakwe-Medina is an Emmy-nominated writer, journalist and cultural commentator. A South London native and graduate of Columbia Journalism School, she has spent the past 8 years living in the U.S. She has written for outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, Foreign Policy and Complex, and is working on her debut non-fiction book which explores how race, beauty and globalization intersect in unexpected ways. She is currently a staff writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Dr. Wilneida Negrón

Dr. Wilneida Negrón specializes in developing and scaling new models for people-centered structural and systemic change in the technology sector, capital markets/finance, and labor markets. She most recently worked at the Ford Foundation, where she led cross-thematic area strategy development between the Gender, Race, Ethnic Justice, Technology and Society, Mission Investing, Future of Work(ers), and Civic Engagement Thematic areas. She is currently the Director of Policy and Research at Coworker.org and consultant with Transform Finance, an NGO working at the intersections of finance and social justice. She is a Data & Society Research Institute Fellow and Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.

Ethar El-Katatney

Ethar El-Katatney is a digital newsroom manager and strategist with over fifteen years of international journalism experience working on news, features and investigative stories for print, online, and TV. She is currently the News Product Manager for the Americas at Bloomberg. Previously, she was the former Young Audiences Editor at The Wall Street Journal and the senior executive producer overseeing the AJ+ newsroom. A published author and an international award winning journalist, she’s been awarded a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award, a Samir Kassir Freedom of the Press Award, and an Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award. She has an MBA and an MA in Television and Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo, and was part of the inaugural cohort of the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership at CUNY.

Josh Benson

Josh Benson is a partner at Old Town Media, a firm that works with publishers, news-related tech companies and journalism funders to maximize impact. At Old Town, he helped launch and incubate some of the most successful independent local publications in America, and he co-manages a fund that invests in news infrastructure. Previously, Josh reported and edited at the Peter Kaplan-era New York Observer and The New York Times before co-founding a publication called Capital New York, which was eventually acquired by Politico. He and his partners subsequently spearheaded Politico's successful, large-scale expansion into state and local coverage.

Michael J. Hirschhorn

Michael J. Hirschhorn is founder & CEO of mebl | Transforming Furniture. mebl develops educational resources for decision-makers in the furniture industry -- with the aim of accelerating its transition toward environmentally sustainable and circular design practices. Previously, from 2008 - 14, Michael served as Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights. From 2003-08, Michael was Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center in New York City; from 1995-2001, he served as Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center, also in NYC; and, prior, he was as an Assistant to the Chancellor of the NYC Public Schools and a Visiting Non-Profit Executive at the Yale School of Management. Michael plays leadership roles on the boards of a number of non-profit education, immigration, arts/design and human rights organizations and grantmaking institutions. He received his BA from Yale University and his MBA & MSW from Columbia University. Michael lives in Brooklyn, with his wife Jimena Martinez in a recently 'empty nest' of their 19-year-old twins.

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