Megan Janetsky is a Colombia-based journalist focusing on migration, human rights, and politics. Previously, she reported in Washington D.C., in Arizona and along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been featured by BBC World Service, USA Today, Poynter, HuffPost, ThinkProgress, The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and more.

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'We're Not Optional': Aid Organizations at the Border Adapt to the Pandemic

by Megan Janetsky 05-28-2020

Staff at Casa del Migrante prepares food for migrants still houses at the shelter during the pandemic with a facemask on. Photo courtesy Casa del Migrante

“The big, big risk in Tijuana is that somebody comes, and if they're sick, where do I send them? There is no option,” he said. “The general hospital won't take them unless they're a certain level of sick, they have to be severely sick, so there is no structure here.”

Venezuela-Colombia Border Churches Fill Aid Gap in Migration Crisis

by Megan Janetsky 02-21-2019

Newly arrived Venezuelans wait to be served at Casa de Paso Divina Providencia, a migrant shelter in Cúcuta, Colombia, along the Venezuela border, on Feb. 8, 2019. Photo by Megan Janetsky for Sojourners.

Around 42,000 Venezuelans cross Cúcuta’s border bridge every day, some fleeing with bags hoisted on their backs and others like Godoy, simply trying to get food and medicine. The exodus has overwhelmed aid organizations like Red Cross and the United Nation’s refugee agency, whose facilities have been filled to the brim in places like the Cúcuta border. More and more migrants flock to the city every day, especially now as political conflicts between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and new opposition leader Juan Guaidó have reached a head.

Colombia's Displaced People Find Home by Transforming What's Discarded

by Megan Janetsky 11-21-2018

Crowds gather by Moravia's cultural center for FestiAfro 2016. The majority of displaced people in Moravia come from AfroColombian communities that have been victims of violence. Photo courtesy Archivo del Centro de Desarrollo Cultural de Moravia.

“Everywhere in Colombia, the whole process of peace and displacement is not in the jungle; it's not on some tables where politicians sit together; it's really in the cities where these communities have to come back together,” said Albert Kreisel, a German architect working on public development initiatives in Moravia.