A NOTE ABOUT THE PROJECT — The Mexican Journalism Translation Project (MxJTP) renders quality, Spanish-language journalism about Mexico and Central America (and sometimes about other Latin American countries) into English, making reportage written in Spanish accessible to the widest possible audience. The translated texts — which are edited and then re-edited for felicitous expression — are selected according to quality, or their distinctive contribution to English-speaking readers’ knowledge about noteworthy events, particularly those occurring in Mexico and Central America.
Regular subjects of translated articles include human rights abuses, press freedom, migration, politics, transitional justice, and the Inter-American System of Human Rights. MxJTP does not provide exhaustive coverage of every topic, rather it showcases high quality journalism in Spanish about Latin America.
DISCLAIMER — All translations which appear as part of the MxJTP are unofficial — unless otherwise noted — and provided on a pro bono basis. Copyright for the original story in Spanish rests with either the author and/or publisher. The copyright for the translations of the work rests with Patrick Timmons.
A NOTE ON THE TRANSLATOR: The translations are the sole work of MxJTP’s founding editor, Patrick Timmons, a human rights investigator, historian, and journalist. You can follow his activities on Twitter @patrickwtimmons.
Timmons is the Immigration, Border and Mexico Correspondent for United Press International. He also has bylines in The Guardian.
Most recently, for The Guardian, Timmons covered family separation and zero tolerance from El Paso, Texas during Summer 2018. In Fall 2018 he was part of The Guardian’s reporting project: 3,121 Desperate Journeys–exposing a week of chaos under Trump’s Zero Tolerance.
In September 2017 Timmons reported on the Mexico City earthquake for the UK’s Independent Television News (ITN) and the Daily Telegraph.
Timmons’ publications draw from more than 20 years of experience in Mexico and the United States. He has published news reports, investigative articles, translations, or reviews — in NACLA Online and NACLA:Report, The Daily Telegraph, Horizontal.mx, Tico Times (Costa Rica), El País in English (Spain), CounterPunch (USA), The Texas Observer (USA), The Latin American Research Review (USA & Canada), and the Radical History Review (USA).
Timmons graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1996) where he read History, but mostly took classes in History of the Americas at University College London where he was mentored by social historian Professor Rick Halpern (now at the University of Toronto) in the comparative history of slavery in the Americas.
Timmons holds three advanced university degrees: a Master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK (1998) ; a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin, USA (2004); and, a Master’s in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, UK (2013).
In 2014 Timmons blogged about the unprecedented response to the murder of Mexican journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz for the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Blog, available here, in English and in Spanish.
CONTRIBUTIONS: You can suggest quality, distinctive texts in Spanish for translation by using this contact form.