Ryan Devereaux is an award-winning investigative journalist covering immigration enforcement, criminal justice, and national security. He has reported on the drug war in Mexico, investigating the 2014 disappearance of 43 college students at the hands of Mexican police and the rise of anti-cartel militia movements. He was a lead reporter on The Intercept’s award-winning series, The Drone Papers, in which he exposed a U.S. counterterrorism campaign in northeastern Afghanistan that had severe consequences for civilians on the ground. Domestically, Devereaux has uncovered predatory policing practices in Ferguson, Missouri, and earned the 2017 Online Journalism Award for best feature writing for a small newsroom for his coverage of the FBI’s undercover investigation into the Bundy family and the militia movement they inspired.
Over the last three years, Devereaux has turned his attention to the U.S.-Mexico border, where he revealed a joint U.S.-Mexican intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, lawyers, and immigration advocates; the monitoring of family separation protests by a private intelligence company; troubling communications in a private and deeply controversial Facebook group used by thousands of current and former Border Patrol agents, including the chief of the Border Patrol; and the coordinated crackdown on humanitarian aid providers in the Arizona desert.
Prior to The Intercept, Devereaux worked at Guardian US. His work has also been published by Rolling Stone, The Nation, and the Village Voice. He is based in New York City.