Hidden data on exploited workers, programs and more: Using U.S. Visa data for investigations

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Brant Houston of University of Illinois; Tim Henderson of Pew Stateline
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Denver III-IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

There are more than 50 kinds of visas issued by the U.S. government and only a few get covered, often without any data or data analysis. This session will include an overview of the visa programs and where to get the data about those program. Several worker visa programs get a lot of attention, but dozens of the others get only a quick look. You will leave with data and many story ideas that affect your community, region and state.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Tim Henderson is demographics writer at Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been a reporter and database editor at The Miami Herald, Gannet Newspapers and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He refused to grow up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and remains a notorious New Mexican food snob and collector of Spanish curse words. This will be his fourth decennial census and he's starting to get it down. 

  • Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Before Illinois he was executive director of IRE for more than a decade after 17 years as an award-winning investigative reporter in U.S. newsrooms. He is author of  "Data for Journalists: A Practical Guide to Computer-Assisted Reporting" and co-author of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook." He works with nonprofit newsrooms and co-founded INN and GIJN. 

Related Tipsheets

  • Visas and Immigration
    These slides introduce us with two stories on new immigrants and H-IB Visas, how to visualize the stories and what documents to get for these stories. http://slides.com/timhenderson/deck-3#/