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Laura Tillman

Laura Tillman

Laura Tillman is a writer and photographer currently living on the Texas-Mexico border. Her reporting in the Rio Grande Valley has covered the nation’s immigration detention centers, women’s health, and education, among other topics. She was a reporter for The Brownsville Herald for three years before becoming a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Tillman is currently an MFA candidate in Goucher’s Creative Nonfiction program. Originally from Maplewood, New Jersey, she earned her BA in international studies from Vassar College.

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In Fencer’s Hijab—Struggle and Inspiration

In Fencer’s Hijab—Struggle and Inspiration

November 8, 2011

A top competitor in sabre is determined to adhere to religious tradition and also represent her country at the 2012 Olympic games. More »

Domestic Abuse Fears Grow in Immigrant Communities

Domestic Abuse Fears Grow in Immigrant Communities

October 28, 2011

Alabama has passed the most extreme of the new state immigration laws copying Arizona's statute. Laura Tillman explores how they threaten victims of domestic violence. More »

For Love and/or Money: When Business and Activism Join Hands

For Love and/or Money: When Business and Activism Join Hands

August 18, 2010

Social-entrepreneurial partnerships can be win-win situations, reports writer-photographer Laura Tillman, but nonprofits and celebrities have to choose their collaborators carefully. More »

On a Border Near Arizona: How Police Can Protect Immigrant Women

On a Border Near Arizona: How Police Can Protect Immigrant Women

May 4, 2010

As the Arizona governor tries to push back criticism of the new immigration law, other Southwest communities concentrate on fighting actual criminal behavior. The author describes a case in point in Brownsville, Texas. More »