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The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children Featured Human Rights 

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

United States (ProPublica) – Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. The decision to end the Central American Minors program, which began in 2014 and is the only refugee program aimed at helping people from that region, could put hundreds of families split Read More

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Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill Featured Health 

Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill

New York (ProPublica)  – A reporter finds that homes meant to replace New York’s troubled psychiatric hospitals might be just as bad. In the 1960s, New York began to clear out its scandal-ridden psychiatric hospitals. In their place, a new system emerged. Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers moved into “adult homes,” large apartment complexes concentrated mostly in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The homes were meant to provide a safer, more humane alternative to the hospitals; they were closer to where many of the patients lived, and promised modest psychiatric care and other services. But decades later, Read More

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Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index Featured Human Rights 

Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index

United States (ProPublica) – We’re launching a new interactive project, the Documenting Hate News Index, that shows just how ubiquitous hate incidents really are. When news of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville spread across the U.S., many responded with disbelief, insisting that such abhorrent behavior and views were un-American. “The poison spewed by Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK is not who we are as a country,” tweeted Sally Yates, former deputy U.S. attorney general. But our work on ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project shows that instances of hate are actually all too common. Everyday people — not just avowed “white nationalists” — Read More

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Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation Featured Politics 

Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation

United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read More

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