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Debbie Nathan

Debbie Nathan, senior reporter for The Appeal, has reported for over four decades about criminal justice issues nationally, and about immigration, focusing on the Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Intercept, This American Life, Latino USA and The Nation. Besides working as a journalist, she spent a decade as a capital defense mitigation specialist, with Latinx clients who were mostly from Mexico. Her contributions helped several people get the death penalty “taken off the table” by prosecutors, or get their death sentences overturned by higher courts. Her investigative reporting has led to several people who were falsely accused and convicted of child sexual abuse being freed, and to some of them winning formal exoneration. She lives on the Texas-Mexico border.