Jorge Barrera


Jorge Barrera is a Caracas-born, award-winning journalist who has worked across the country and internationally. He works for CBC's investigative unit based out of Ottawa. Follow him on Twitter @JorgeBarrera or email him

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Court orders review of former informant's human rights complaint against spy agency

The Federal Court has ordered the Canadian Human Rights Commission to re-examine a discrimination complaint against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which was filed by a former informant and child soldier who says the spy agency cost him a security job on Parliament Hill.

Sex charges stayed against former cadet major after defence requests counselling records

An Ontario judge stayed sexual assault charges Friday against a former cadet major after the alleged victim decided to walk away from the case over an “expansive” request by the defence to obtain records that included her counsellor’s files.

Ontario man smuggled people from India to U.S., through Calgary, Toronto, Montreal

An Indian national from Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty in Albany, NY, federal court Friday to human smuggling as part of a network that potentially moved hundreds of people from India across the Canada-U.S. border.

A mysterious cellphone, cryptic instructions and an interrupted smuggling run of 14 Indian nationals

U.S. Border Patrol agents recently disrupted an attempted smuggling run moving 14 Indian nationals from Canada into the U.S. along the Quebec and New York State border, court records show. The driver of the vehicle the agents stopped said he was recruited for the smuggling run in a manner resembling a spy novel.
CBC Investigates

Use of full-body restraint while in youth detention 'left me broken,' Sask. man says

Videos obtained by CBC News show teens in two Saskatchewan youth detention facilities being forced into a full-body restraint called the Wrap, sometimes for hours. Experts and the people who've endured the device say it can cause lasting psychological trauma.

Groups file court application over whether Canada's laws allow entry of former Israeli PM

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is facing a court application aimed at forcing him to determine whether Canada's war crime laws prevent former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett from attending a speaking engagement in Toronto later this month.
CBC Investigates

3 charged in India after complaint details family's last moments before fatal St. Lawrence River journey

A police complaint filed in India alleges that the families who drowned on the St. Lawrence in March were pressured by human smugglers to board a boat in a storm to cross into the U.S. The charges in India are the first related to the St. Lawrence River deaths and appear to target the alleged brokers who arranged the fatal trip.

Akwesasne residents want independent probe of police response on night of river deaths

Some members of the community where eight people died last month while trying to cross the St. Lawrence River into the U.S. want an independent investigation into how their police service responded to reports from residents that night of hearing shouts for help on the water. 

Tracing the history of smuggling across the St. Lawrence River

In the Akwesasne territory divided by the St. Lawrence River, colonial history has shaped generations of smuggling across the water, from alcohol to cigarettes to people. Akwesasne people who live here share the world of the river they know.

U.S. Homeland Security opens investigation into St. Lawrence River deaths

A second investigative front is developing into the drowning deaths of six foreign nationals and two Canadian children in the St. Lawrence River.