Ciudad Juarez

(Clockwise from top left) Meklit Hadero in red lighting, Sinkane stsnding in front of wooden wall, Diana Gameros standing in front of a brick wall and Hello Psychaleppo looking down at a keyboard.

Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?

“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow a once-undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.

Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?
Tianna Spears says she faced racial discrimination by US border officials while working as a US diplomat posted in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Former US diplomat attests to racial discrimination in diplomatic corps

Former US diplomat attests to racial discrimination in diplomatic corps
A man is silhouetted against a fence topped with razor wire. People have clothespinned clothing on the fence to dry.

'Remain in Mexico’ policy charges ahead as legal challenges stumble

'Remain in Mexico’ policy charges ahead as legal challenges stumble
US border patrol apprehending migrants

As judge halts US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, returned migrants wonder what's next

As judge halts US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, returned migrants wonder what's next
Students in maroon uniforms sit at desks and listen to a teacher, not pictured

Tough commute? Try crossing the US-Mexico border to go to school

Tough commute? Try crossing the US-Mexico border to go to school
A sign says "Welcome to the United States" as cars line up underneath it

Trump administration 'seems disinclined to cooperate,' says former US ambassador to Mexico

The former US ambassador to Mexico says the Trump administration is "an administration that seems disinclined to cooperate."

Trump administration 'seems disinclined to cooperate,' says former US ambassador to Mexico
Migrants sitting and laying on mats are shown spread across a high school gymnasium floor.

How Ciudad Juarez is bracing for more migrants under US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

The border city is a case study in how Mexican municipal and state-level officials are charged with handling the effects of increasingly restrictive US immigration policies largely on their own.

How Ciudad Juarez is bracing for more migrants under US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy
Brenda Estrada

Workers in Mexico's border factories say they can barely survive, so they're turning to unions

Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez now make only 40 percent of what Chinese factory workers do, on average. For the first time, efforts to unionize are meeting with some limited success.

Workers in Mexico's border factories say they can barely survive, so they're turning to unions
 'No More Weapons' sign

Juárez is tearing down a huge reminder of its bloody past

Officials in the Mexican border city Ciudad Juárez are hoping that removing the 'No More Weapons!" sign, which is made of confiscated guns, will help attract tourists and serve as a sign of good faith toward the United States.

Juárez is tearing down a huge reminder of its bloody past
Children practice tae kwon do at an after school program in Cuidad Juárez, funded by the Merida Initiative.

How do you fight organized crime in Mexico? With small business loans and after-school programs

For the last six years, a little-known infusion of American tax dollars has played a part in the fight against organized crime in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. Part of the money for the Merida Initiative is used to keep young people out of drug cartels and help boost the economy.

How do you fight organized crime in Mexico? With small business loans and after-school programs
Men playing in a band carrying weapons in the desert

Drug lords pay this Mexican-American singer to write their ballads

American musician Edgar Quintero gets paid to write folk ballads about Mexico's drug wars. He doesn't ask his clients too many questions and often gets paid in cash.

Drug lords pay this Mexican-American singer to write their ballads

Nightlife returns to Ciudad Juarez as drug violence is more contained

In Juarez, Mexico, the once-bustling nightlife had been dead for years as violence erupted in the city. But, in recent months, as police have setup checkpoints and drug violence has stabilized and perhaps even subsided, the nightlife is returning.

Nightlife returns to Ciudad Juarez as drug violence is more contained

The Return of Nightlife in Juarez

Tired of staying in their homes for fear of becoming a victim of the drug violence, the people of Ciudad Juarez are triggering the revival of business for the city's once dormant nightclubs and restaurants.

The Return of Nightlife in Juarez

Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Police

The police force of Ciudad Juarez is under siege: Every cop on the force has been ordered to move into well-defended hotels. A drug cartel has been carrying out its threat to kill one policemen a day.

Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Police

Mexican City Fighting to Restore its Image

The Geo Quiz visits a Mexican city where business leaders are fighting to restore an image that's been damaged by years of drug violence and crime.

Mexican City Fighting to Restore its Image