Ximena Natera is a photojournalist at Berkeleyside, a nonprofit digital news site that covers Berkeley and the East Bay in California. Originally from Mexico City, Natera is a founding member of Pie de Pagina, an award-winning investigative newsroom in Mexico that specializes in reporting on migration, human rights and justice. She studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and her work largely focuses on complex issues told through individual stories of people who are often pushed into extraordinary circumstances. Photography has taken her to places and spaces that would have been unimaginable under any other circumstances—it has been the privilege of her life. Natera is a member of Periodistas de a Pie, Women Photograph, Native Agency and the International Women’s Media Foundation.