About Us

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

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.

To support our mission we will be asking for donations from our readers to help us grow. We believe that by financing ourselves through reader revenue we can maintain our ethical standards and focus on the issues that matter most to you — the reader.

Documented also runs on Civil, a new platform that utilizes the blockchain to create a better ecosystem for original journalism.

We chose to team up with Civil for two reasons: 1) Publishing our stories on the blockchain will allow them to be permanently archived and protected from censorship or attacks; 2) The blockchain will facilitate a governance structure that rewards quality journalism and holds our newsroom accountable solely to readers. This is made possible by the Civil protocol, which enforces the ethical journalism standards set forth in the Civil Constitution.

Read about the people behind Documented below.

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Mazin Sidahmed, co-founder & senior reporter

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. / @mazsidahmed

Max Siegelbaum, co-founder & senior reporter

Max Siegelbaum began reporting in post-revolution Egypt, where he wrote about the Egyptian judiciary, the dying infrastructure of Alexandria and an association of men with enormous mustaches, among many other subjects. He is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and has written for newspapers in Denver and Pittsburgh, Foreign Policy, VICE and STAT, among others. In the United States, he has investigated healthcare conditions for detained immigrants with mental illness, due process violations of immigration courts located inside prisons and an inconsistently enforced law in Colorado that’s designed to protect domestic violence survivors. / @maxsiegelbaum

Felipe De La Hoz, reporter

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Felipe De La Hoz has lived in Mexico City, Brasilia and exotic Bethesda, Md. His journalism career started as an assistant to a freelance photographer in Brazil, helping cover the Confederations Cup riots in 2013. From there, he went on to New York University, where he double-majored in journalism and political science and minored in web programming. He was a participant of the Dow Jones News Fund’s first data journalism program and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and has interned or freelanced for a range of New York–based publications, including amNewYork, the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Gazette and Village Voice. He is passionate about immigration policy, law and data, and its human impact on New Yorkers. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. When not working, he enjoys jazz and film photography. / @FelipeDLH