Past winners


François Dufour
“Lampedusa Migrant Crisis Explained to the Young Ones"

François DufourPrix TF1 winner, for the series, “Lampedusa Migrant Crisis Explained to the Young Ones,” a series of articles exploring the Italian island now notorious as a mass entry point for clandestine immigrants from Africa hoping to land upon European Union soil en route to other various European destinations. The series of articles – “Le Périple de Sihan, 17 ans, Africaine Réfugiée en Europe,” L’ACTU; “De l’Afrique à L’Europe, Destin d’un Boat People,” L'ÉCO; “Des Milliers d’Africains Naviguent vers Europe,”MON QUOTIDIEN – were published in a group of magazines published by Play Bac Presse with a readership of French and European adolescents, often distributed in schools. 


Maria Sacchetti
"The Unforgotten"

Maria Sacchetti, Immigration Journalism Award winner, for “The Unforgotten,” a story published in The Boston Globe linking one Boston family’s struggle to discover what had become of a family member who left his home in El Salvador to return to the United States and the thousands of illegal migrants who have perished in the past decades crossing the southern U.S. border, many never identified, buried without ceremony, casket, or name, leaving their families on both sides of the immigration route uncertain of their fate.


The French-American Foundation honored the third class of winners of the Immigration Journalism Award on December 9, 2014, with a ceremony and panel discussion. Jonathan Millet received $3,500 for the Prix TF1 for excellence in immigration coverage in French, while Damien Cave received $3,500 for coverage in English. In conjunction with the presentation of the 2014 Immigration Journalism Award, the French-American Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the representation of diverse communities in French and U.S. media. "Diversity in the Newsroom: A French-American Dialogue" featured commentary from French journalist and activist Rokhaya Diallo and Annie Correal, Colombian-born Metro Reporter for The New York Times and 2013 Immigration Journalism Fellow. See photos and video from the awards ceremony and panel discussion here.

Damien Cave

Damien Cave
"The Way North," The New York Times

A 39-day multimedia project with daily dispatches and photos that chronicles immigration’s impact in the middle of America, at the local level, where immigrants and established residents collide. Far from the gridlock of Washington, in the schools, churches and neighborhoods of a half-dozen states, The Way North explores the new America emerging along Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota. Cave and photographer Todd Heisler drove 4,072 miles and discovered a nation more pragmatic and welcoming than its lawmakers would have us believe. Explore this multimedia work here.

Jonathan Millet

Jonathan Millet
"Ceuta, Douce Prison"
co-directed with Loïc H. Rechi

A moving documentary film that follows the trajectories of five migrants who leave everything to try their luck in Europe and end up in an open-air prison in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Morocco. The viewer is immersed in this prison, alongside Iqbal, Marius, Simon, Guy and Nür, and discovers their daily lives, their doubts and hopes, and their dreams of reaching Europe, so close and yet so far away. A trailer of the film is available here.

The French-American Foundation recognized the three recipients at the second Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, in New York. The event included a keynote address by 2012 winner, Maria Hinojosa, president of The Futuro Media Group as well as anchor and executive producer of "Latino USA" on NPR and host of WGBH's "Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One." Perla Trevizo and Jose Antonio Vargas tied for best coverage in English, each receiving a $2,500 prize. Thierry Leclère received a $5,000 prize for the Prix TF1, recognizing outstanding immigration coverage in French. See photos from the Awards Ceremony here.

Thierry Leclere 

Thierry Leclère
"22 jours dans la vie d'Ogosto,"
Revue XXI, April 6, 2013

Leclère’s narrative tells the story of a Moroccan civil servant, Hassan, who comes, one day, to care for Ogosto, a deceased Nigerian exile. Without having known him in his lifetime, Hassan lives twenty-two days to pay tribute to a man who dreamed of a better world and does everything he can to prevent him from falling into oblivion of anonymity. Read the article here.

Perla Trevizo

Perla Trevizo
"A Far Cry," 
Times Free Press, August-October 2012

Combining images, personal accounts, and videos, Trevizo tells the story of Burundian refugees, going from the last remaining refugee camp in Tanzania to the public housing projects of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The series touches upon the effects of war on families, the hardships they face, and the opportunities found in a new land. Explore her work here

 Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas
"Not Legal, Not Leaving,"
TIME Magazine, June 25, 2012

A year after coming out about his undocumented status in the New York Times Magazine and attracting worldwide coverage, Vargas wrote this essay reporting on life in citizenship limbo and addressing provocative questions that everyday Americans around the country, from Alabama to Arizona, have asked him. Read the article here.


The winners of the inaugural Immigration Journalism Awards were honored at an Awards Ceremony held on November 7, 2012, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where their work was celebrated in the presence of renowned media professionals, including Immigration Journalism Juror Sylvie Kauffmann, then Executive Editor of Le Monde. Cindy Carcamo tied with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, represented by Maria Hinojosa and Margaret Ebrahim at the ceremony, for best coverage in English, each receiving $5,000. Elise Vincent received a $10,000 prize for coverage in French. See photos from the event here.

 Cindy Carcamo

Cindy Carcamo
"Return to Sender,"
Slake: Los Angeles Magazine, February 4, 2011

The article focuses on the first 48 hours of a deportee’s life after his return to Guatemala on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight from the United States. While at a detention center in Mesa, Arizona, Carcamo had a few minutes to convince an ICE detainee to allow her to accompany him and document his time on an ICE flight to Guatemala City and onward to his village. Read the article here.

 Margaret Ebrahim and Maria Hinojosa

Margaret Ebrahim & Maria Hinojosa
"Lost in Detention," PBS Frontline &
The Investigative Reporting Workshop, 2011

This documentary is dedicated to the Obama administration’s get-tough immigration policy. Viewers can investigate Obama's enforcement strategies and journey into the secretive world of immigrant detention, while getting a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them. Watch the documentary on the PBS website here.

 Elise Vincent

Elise Vincent
"Au bon pain de Tataouine,"
Le Monde, June 26, 2012

Vincent’s investigation focuses on the profile of the North Africans increasingly numerous in the bakery sector in France: three Tunisians talk about their professional career in Ile-de-France where one business out of three is buyout by a North African. Read the article in French here or in English here.