Field Notes: Canteens Found Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ajo, Arizona: Heavy-duty, non-biodegradable canteens—occasionally insulated with clothing or blankets to prevent chafing—scatter the desert in the Tucson sector of the United States border with Mexico.
Dodging Bullets to Make the World's Best Coffee in Mexico
Juan Carlos Lopez is braving local violence so that indigenous workers can get a share of the profits.
Letter From the Singapore Strait: Crossing Into Indonesia
Sindo Ferry passengers have their passports checked and their luggage x-rayed before they board, but they are divided about how meaningful national boundaries are.
From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back
Katya Cengel tracks the lives of four families following the fall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge.
Since We Last Spoke: Justice Brought to Injunctions
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
Field Notes: Looking Over the Border Fence Outside San Diego, California
East of San Diego, California: In 2013, Border Patrol Agent Jacopo Bruni looks south over a border fence in the mountains.
Field Notes: A DEA Agent Inspects a Drug-Smuggling Tunnel Under the U.S.-Mexico Border
San Luis, Arizona: A United States Drug Enforcement Administration official aims a flashlight down a 55-foot-deep drug-smuggling tunnel that spans a distance of nearly 240 yards under the U.S.-Mexico border. Drugs ran north, and weapons and cash ran south.
Field Notes: Outside a Soup Kitchen for Central American Immigrants
Hermosillo, Mexico: Central American immigrants walk to a soup kitchen for some much-needed sustenance after traveling by Mexican freight train—known among the caravaners as "the beast."
Letter From Boa Vista, Brazil: Exodus From Venezuela
In the Brazilian state of Roraima, newcomers arrive every day by car, bus, and bicycle.