In a Long Island high school, Henry was trapped. He had been an MS-13 gang member since age 12, back in El Salvador, when he killed his first man. He wanted out. He decided to work with U.S. authorities, who promised to put him under the witness protection plan. So he put his life in their hands.
They betrayed him. ICE picked him up and put him in a New Jersey detention center that held other MS-13 gang members. He spoke with Hannah Dreier, a ProPublica immigration reporter, and let her copy his cell phone. It was a big risk, but he said it was his only shot. He wanted his story out before today — his final date with an immigration judge, who will determine if he stays here or goes back to his threatened death in El Salvador.
The story was released — nearly 7,000 words of it — on Monday by ProPublica and New York Magazine. The next day, engagement reporter Adriana Gallardo and interactive journalist Lucas Waldron and Dreier posted a wondrous “Twitter film” — as Gallardo described the series of tweets — that included Facebook video of text exchanges. Here it is, unthreaded. And here are some excerpts:
Why did they think about doing two different versions? How do they do it? Dreier and Gallardo spoke and emailed with me over the past two days. Here are excerpts:
You’ve got a big story. You want to reach a new audience. How do you conceive
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