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Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Everyone has heard about the detention and subsequent separation from their families of Central American children at the US–Mexican border. But the US also routinely imprisons American children, many of whom serve years of prison time for one-time, stupid mistakes they would probably never repeat.
The nine-episode podcast Caught, produced by WNYC, tells the stories of the children who find themselves stuck in the criminal justice system. This is not a whodunnit—the children interviewed did indeed commit crimes. But the larger question is how our society should treat children and minors who make stupid mistakes, and how those mistakes should impact the rest of their lives.
In the first episode, we meet Z, who ends up in prison after impulsively agreeing to participate in a carjacking. We also meet Dwayne Betts, a juvenile justice lawyer who, in his youth, was a self-described "super predator".
Like most issues having to do with the criminal justice system in the US, race is also an ongoing part of the conversation throughout the series (roughly 60% of the children currently incarcerated in the US prison system are either black or Latino). Overall, it's a nuanced, well-reported series that keeps the voices of the children concerned front and center, while also providing much needed context and analysis. Central to the series is the larger question of the human cost of how we treat minors who have made—albeit large—mistakes. Well worth a listen!