Laura N. Pérez Sánchez is an independent investigative reporter and editor based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Laura writes about corruption and its impact on the population, post-disaster recovery efforts, and lived experiences under colonialism. She’s a 2019 Nieman Fellow, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, El Nuevo Día, and independent multimedia projects. Pérez Sánchez was selected for the first Columbia Journalism School Investigative Journalism Course in Spanish in 2017. For the 2023 National Fellowship, Pérez Sánchez, along with Kelliann Duncan and Natalia Salazar, will investigate how the Puerto Rico Police respond to mental health emergencies and how reforms mandated by a 2013 federal consent decree have impacted their treatment of people with mental illness.