Vania Pigeonutt

co-founder Amapola Periodismo

Vania Pigeonutt has been a journalist for 12 years. She has covered contemporary issues in Mexico, such as the forced disappearance of the 43 teacher students from Ayotzinapa in 2014. Her work focuses on understanding criminal dynamics from a local dimension: poppy-sowing communities, phenomena such as kidnappings and extortion, with a gender focus. As well as the crime of femicide. She also has covered subjects of forced disappearance, internal forced displacement, migration, political violence, childhood and youth. She co-founded, a digital memorial to murdered and disappeared journalists, and the Guerrero-based web portal Amapola Periodismo.

Her articles have been published in Mexican and foreign media such as El Universal, The New York Times in Spanish, ViceNews. In 2015 she won the Walter Reuter Prize for German journalism, with the article The Children of Opium in Guerrero. In 2021 she won the same prize with a report about femicide. Vania also has been a fixer for eight years. She has worked with dozens of foreign colleagues. She is currently a fellow for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Analyzes and investigates the crime of extortion, and its effects in cities such as Acapulco and Chilpancingo.

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