Afghan Refugees

The Sacramento Bee team behind ‘No Safe Place’

Afghan allies from war on terror struggle to find the American dream

The State Department offers Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans who risked their lives translating and providing other services to U.S. and allied forces during the war on terror. Sacramento's ethnic diversity and mild climate have made it a magnet
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The State Department offers Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans who risked their lives translating and providing other services to U.S. and allied forces during the war on terror. Sacramento's ethnic diversity and mild climate have made it a magnet

The team behind The Sacramento Bee coverage for “No Safe Place,” the story of Afghans who risked their lives to work alongside U.S. troops during the war on terror in Afghanistan, only to resettle into a life of hardship in Sacramento:

Stephen Magagnini, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., has covered ethnic affairs for The Sacramento Bee since 1993. In 2001, his “Orphans of History” project on Hmong refugees won a distinguished writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding coverage of race and ethnicity in America from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Magagnini has been a Freedom Forum fellow and a Jefferson Fellow in Asian Studies. In 2002, he completed a Stanford Knight fellowship. He has taught journalism at UC Davis since 2000.

Reach Steve: smagagnini@sacbee.com, twitter @SteveMagagnini, 916-321-1072

Renée C. Byer has worked as a senior photojournalist at The Sacramento Bee since 2003. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 for “A Mother’s Journey,” and was named a finalist in the same category in 2013 for “A Grandfather’s Sorrow and Love.” Her images helped document The Bee’s investigative series on Nevada patient dumping that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2014. Her internationally acclaimed book, “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” invites you to put an end to extreme poverty. Her work is internationally exhibited and published.

Reach Renee: rbyer@sacbee.com, twitter @RENEECBYER, 916-321-5279

Jessica Koscielniak is an Emmy-nominated video journalist with McClatchy’s Video Lab in Washington, D.C. A native of northwest Indiana, Koscielniak previously worked as a multimedia journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times, where her videos and photos documenting the city’s gun violence epidemic won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Most recently, her work was recognized by the White House News Photographers Association.

Reach Jessica: jkoscielniak@mcclatchy.com, twitter @photojeskos, 202-383-6014

Senior Editor Mary Lynne Vellinga

Visuals Director Sue Morrow

Online Presentation Editor Nathaniel Levine

Print Presentation Editor Daniel Hunt

Copy Editor Julie Owens

Photo Technician Patty Couse-Baker

Graphics Artist Sharon Okada

Additional reporting Phillip Reese

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