“Rape, Slavery and Abuse is Daily Dread of Young Refugees from Central America,” says Pulitzer Prize Winner Jon Freedman

In this exclusive interview with The Rio Times, Freedman talks about his new book describing the plight of refugees from Central America seeking to enter the USA. He sees many similarities between their misery and emigrants from various impoverished regions of Brazil.

By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO - A native of Denver, Colorado, who studied literature at Columbia University in New York, Jon Freedman, 69, arrived in Brazil in 1974 and started work at the Associated Press in São Paulo before transferring to the Rio de Janeiro office.

He spent a total of three years there before leaving for the University of Iowa to study at their Writer's Workshop.

He worked for the San Diego Tribune, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for editorial work on the plight of immigrants from Central America to the USA.

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