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Mildrade Cherfils is a Paris-based correspondent for GlobalPost. Before moving to France in 2003, Cherfils worked in New York and Miami for the Associated Press, where she documented the plight of mostly Spanish-speaking immigrant workers who toil on the "backstretch" of the lucrative racetrack industry, covered the Elian Gonzalez saga in Miami, and reported extensively on immigration issues that affect the Cuban-American and Haitian-American communities. An alumna of Boston Latin School and of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, Cherfils speaks French, Spanish and Creole. Since moving to Paris, her travels and work in media development have taken her to dozens of countries, including Ghana, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Liberia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon and Thailand.