The prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system

A recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system. The authors explain the trend by citing the unintended consequences of a crackdown on domestic violence ...

Are English language learners punished for their frustration with school?

There are many children living in the USA who are immigrants and know very little English. In navigating the United States public school system, these children attempt to learn a new language, adapt to new social and cultural norms, and ...

Colleges flush with cash saddle poorest students with debt

ProPublica analysis based on new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that students from low-income families graduate from NYU saddled with huge federal loans. The school’s Pell Grant recipients – students from families that make less than $30,000 ...

When the clock struck prejudice: Islamophobia from Texas to India

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.

Government agencies crack down on fraudulent mortgage practices

City, state and federal agencies have been stepping up efforts to stamp out fraudulent mortgage practices that target communities of color — pricing discrimination and redlining among them.

The best defense is good offense: DOJ challenges local public defense programs

One issue that’s garnered particular attention from Justice Department lawyers is fair access to legal defense, a right guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has filed four such statements in the past two years, ...

Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain telling the untold stories

Tracy Heather Strain backed her way into working on films and forming her own company to produce documentaries, The Film Posse, which is based in the Fort Point Channel area.

White House aging conference: New directions — big challenges

The White House held its sixth Conference on Aging, earlier this month, and this once-a-decade program took an entirely different approach to the discussion of what it means to age in America. Since the first conference in 1961, the United ...

Black Lives Matter activists: change slow in coming

A year after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officers, activists with the Black Lives Matter movement say little has changed. While there is a growing awareness of police misconduct, video recordings of ...

In Cuba, ‘creeping capitalism’ arrives

When the U.S. embassy reopened in Havana on Monday after more than 54 years, it signaled what Cubans have now accepted: creeping capitalism is the future. A stroll through Old Havana is enough to convince anyone that the entrepreneurial spirit ...

Senator grills Red Cross over Haiti donations, spending

The American Red Cross met a deadline this week to answer congressional questions about how it spent nearly half a billion dollars donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but the group says details can't yet be released publicly. And the ...

A presidential perspective on race

It was a remarkable week for President Obama: On Monday he commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders; on Tuesday he called for sweeping criminal justice reform in an address to the NAACP; and on Thursday he became the ...

Rep. Lewis cites attacks on Voting Rights Act

Rep. John Lewis told an audience at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute that the Voting Rights Act is under fire from Republicans seeking to suppress minority votes.

Cape Verdeans mark 40 years of independence

As the independent nation of Cape Verde turns 40, Cape Verdeans reflect on the historic significance of the date.

Watchdog agencies sound the alarm on fraud, scams

One in 10 Americans have been ripped off by consumer scams, according to the Federal Trade Commission. And for African American and Latinos, the odds are even higher that an unscrupulous wheeler-dealer has separated them from their money. That was ...