Operation Agent Touch

Agent Touch

Publication Date: May 11, 2021


Mackenzie Shuman, Molly Duerig, Grace Oldham, Rachel Gold, Meagan Sainz-Pasley, Mythili Gubbi, Alejandra Gamez, Beno Thomas, James Paidoussis


The Howard Center dives deep into Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, and its mishandling of sex-trafficking investigations in Arizona and beyond. A podcast, video graphic and multimedia timeline complement the narrative of how agents’ actions derailed the investigation. Nearly 90 professional news outlets nationwide published some part of this project.


1st Place
Student Online News Reporting, regional, national and Best in Show
Society of Professional Journalists

Best News Story
EPPY Awards

1st Place
BEA Media Arts Festival, for the project’s podcast

Selected Publication Partners