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  • Red Cross

    After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Americans donated nearly half a billion dollars to the Red Cross, far more than any other charity received. We asked Red Cross leaders where the money went. They wouldn’t tell us. So we went to Haiti to find out. What ProPublica’s Justin Elliott and NPR’s Laura Sullivan discovered was squandered donations, unfounded claims of success, and a trail of resentment. The Red Cross claimed it provided homes to more than 130,000 Haitians. The reality: The charity built just six permanent homes in all of Haiti.
  • The Red Cross' Secret Disasters

    For more than a hundred years, the American Red Cross has been the country's go-to charity in times of disaster. This insider account of the the charity -- its documents, executives and actions -- show for the first time how it has mismanaged donors' money and failed the people most in need of its help. The stories have led to two congressional investigations, a GAO report and continuing reporting.
  • The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

    The American Red Cross has botched recent disaster relief efforts and been serially misleading about how it uses donors’ money.
  • Canada's Unwanted

    A Global News investigation into the way Canada treats its non-citizens - refugee applicants, immigration detainees and just about anyone the government is trying to get rid of or whose status in the country remains up in the air - found systems rife with arbitrary opacity and questionable practices. They revealed never-before-published deaths in detention and pressured the Border Services Agency into releasing more information on the people who die in its custody. They also outlined the way Canada detains people indefinitely in jails on no charge – often with limited access to family, legal counsel and third-party monitoring agencies, denying repeated requests by the Red Cross to perform inspections of immigrant detention facilities in Canada's most populous province. In two years, Canada paid thousands of applicants to abandon their appeals and leave the country.
  • The Lethal Legacy of Cluster Bombs

    This series of stories examined the political and human cost of Canada’s controversial approach towards ratifying the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It detailed how Canada had aligned itself with the United States, which has opted out of the CCM, and it explored the lethal legacy of U.S. cluster bomb use that is still being felt in Laos, four decades after the end of the of Vietnam War. This series broke news in the corridors of the United Nations in Geneva, including a rare on-the-record interview with a senior official with the scrupulously neutral International Committee of the Red Cross criticizing Canada’s position on the issue. These stories also reflected unprecedented access to the closed communist government of Laos, interviewing top officials who had never before talked to a Western journalist. This series gave voice to impoverished Laotian villagers who are threatened by these unexploded munitions, and they explained the larger economic and social implication of this lethal legacy of the long-ended Vietnam War. It also showed the U.S. influence over one of its closest allies in how it approached an important piece of foreign policy.
  • Charity or Con?

    One hundred victims of Hurricane Katrina were supposed to have their homes rebuilt because of a multi-million dollar charity, but families were left homeless and the money was unaccounted. The charity, "100 Homes, 100 Days," was a partnership of national charities like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and local charities, collecting more than $3 million.
  • Holocaust Papers

    The series examines the Nazi records and postwar documents kept under seal by the Read Cross for more than 60 years.
  • Abu Ghraib Series: Living with Ghosts; A Place Dante Might Like; Up in the Cellblocks; Hiding A Bad Guy Named Triple X; Hell On Earth

    In this series, US News and World Report investigates the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The articles detail the abuses, the chaotic conditions in the prisons, and "ghost" prisoners. (These prisoners were detainees who were kept off the official books.) The investigations also talks about how military officials kept what was happening at the prison camps away from the Red Cross during their inspections.
  • Profiting from Hope

    The Parker Hughes Cancer Center of Minnesota's Twin Cities promises their patients hope in the face of life-threatening disease. But the Star Tribune investigates these promises, and finds that the clinic has a pattern of excessive and sometimes unnecessary tests and treatments. Patients also have complaints about billing processes and unusual charges. The clinic also built up the doctors' credentials, making them sound more qualified than they actually were. Also, the clinic allegedly solicited financial 'rewards.' For example, one physician asked the Red Cross to give money to the clinic as an award for buying blood products.
  • Big Bounty for Big Charities

    The annual ranking of the organizations that receive the most money each year in private donations. Accompanying the list is an overview of the state of charities in America.