Multimedia journalist with three decades of experience. When he began his career, he specialized in photojournalism working for various newspapers and contributing in magazines. Later, he established an international journalistic service that provided stories and photographs to publications in Mexico and the United States.

Seeking to take his experience to a broader level, Barraza founded the Hispanic Institute of Social Issues in 1998, which has evolved since then into a grassroots multimedia publishing agency, focusing on social issues affecting Latinos and other minorities in the United States.

In 2002 he founded Barriozona Magazine, a bilingual print publication that in 2006 developed into an E-zine to reach a greater audience. Barraza is also the author of the books El Halconazo, la masacre de estudiantes en México de 1971, Los zapatos del inmigrante y otros escritos and Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead.

His book in Spanish on immigration has been used as a textbook in universities, as well as a basis for students' thesis in countries like Belgium. The book was also partially translated into French by a student of the Marie Haps Free Institut in Brussels to obtain her Masters in Translation.

Barraza's journalistic work is published in many countries, appearing in magazines, digital publications and books. His opinion on the issue of immigration or Mexican society is sought often by local, national and international media.

As journalism continues to progress and is reinventing itself, Barraza emphasizes in the use of multimedia to reinforce the power of a press that presents the voice of the people as opposed to “being the voice” of the people. As he sees new challenges arise for journalism, Barraza strives to uphold the true tenets of journalism, among them truth, objectivity, and independence.