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Danah Richter, 25, of New Kensington

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:28 p.m.
 

Noteworthy: She was named a “Young Leader” in the Deaf Community and invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf conference in Pittsburgh in September and the National Association for the Deaf's National Leadership Training Conference in Omaha in October.

Age: 25

Residence: New Kensington

Family: Single; father, Brian Jablonski; sister, Gina Richter

Occupation: Junior at Carlow University studying social work

Background: As part of her studies at Carlow, Richter, whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), has taken an independent study course for the past three years focusing on Standard Written English for students whose first language is ASL. She was named to the Dean's List at Carlow both semesters in 2012-13. She differentiates between deaf with a lowercase “d,” referring to the condition of non-hearing, and an uppercase “D” that refers to Deaf Culture.

Education: Graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Quote: “I believe both conferences may teach me to advocate for Deaf people, as well as to advocate for myself.”

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