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  • BuzzFeed News: The Ghosts of the Orphanage

    As many as 5 million children passed through America’s orphanages in the 20th century alone. In other countries, national investigations have exposed at least some of what transpired in such institutions. But the dark secrets of orphanage life in the US had lain buried, like the dead children who haunt survivors’ dreams — until BuzzFeed News published Christine Kenneally’s unforgettable investigation.
  • AP: China Clamps Down

    This AP series revealed the extent of China’s suppression of largely Muslim ethnic groups in a remote region and how it fits into a growing clampdown on individual freedom and privacy across the country.
  • The Ghosts of the Orphanage

    As many as 5 million children passed through America’s orphanages in the 20th century alone. In other countries, national investigations have exposed at least some of what transpired in such institutions. But the dark secrets of orphanage life in the US had lain buried, like the dead children who haunt survivors’ dreams — until BuzzFeed News published Christine Kenneally’s unforgettable investigation.
  • Fugitive Fathers

    The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a year-long GlobalPost investigation has found. GlobalPost Senior Correspondent Will Carless and videographer Jimmy Chalk confronted five accused priests. One who relocated to a poor parish in Peru admitted on camera to molesting a 13-year-old boy while working in the Jackson, Mississippi diocese. Another is currently under investigation in Brazil after allegations arose that he abused disadvantaged children living in an orphanage he founded there. All five were able to continue working as priests, despite criminal investigations or cash payouts to alleged victims. All enjoyed the privilege, respect and unfettered access to young people that comes with being clergy members. http://www.globalpost.com/article/6677019/2015/10/28/priest-almost-got-away http://www.globalpost.com/article/6655538/2015/09/23/could-vatican-face-racketeering-charges-harboring-abusive-clergy http://www.globalpost.com/article/6649057/2015/09/14/fugitive-fathers http://www.globalpost.com/article/6669574/2015/10/15/fugitive-fathers-two-priests-have-been-suspended-globalposts http://www.globalpost.com/article/6653949/2015/09/21/survivor-advocates-critique-pope-francis-lack-real-progress-priest-sex http://www.globalpost.com/article/6649016/2015/09/14/us-priests-accused-child-sex-abuse-find-refuge-south-american-churches http://www.globalpost.com/article/6663599/2015/10/06/explainer-how-abusive-priests-are-able-relocate-abroad http://www.globalpost.com/article/6650841/2015/09/16/us-priests-accused-sex-abusive-get-second-chance-relocating-south-america
  • Children Left Behind

    Children Left Behind is an investigative news documentary which exposes a flawed foreign adoption system impacting children stuck in orphanages and their Texas families fighting to bring them home. KVUE’s investigative reporter Andy Pierrotti and photojournalist Derek Rasor traveled to Haiti to see the problem first-hand. Through interviews with families, lawmakers and experts, the documentary sheds light into a problem impacting a vulnerable population and goes to great lengths to get answers and find potential solutions.
  • "Ethiopian adoptions: Learning the Truth"

    This investigation by CBC-Radio found that Ethiopian children who were being adopted by Canadian family were not in fact orphans. Detectives found that the children still had families in Ethiopia and that the Canadian adoption agency based in country were "convincing Ethiopian mothers to put their kids up for adoption."
  • Where Do They Belong?

    This 20/20 investigation delves into human trafficking in Cambodia to supply babies to adoptive parents in foreign countries. They discovered that many children were sold by impoverished parents or taken from them under false pretenses and then marketed as orphans to potential adopters. The story includes an interview with Lauryn Galindo, who was convicted of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in 17 cases related to the adoption scandal.
  • The Few Who Stayed: ARW reporting on Rwanda; U.N. Betrayal

    On the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, American Radioworks aired this piece on the only American who stayed back in Rwanda. Carl Wilkens an American missionary helped save an orphanage and scoured the city of Kigali in search of water and medicines for the orphaned Tutsi children.
  • Throwaway Kids: Broken Promises; Curse or Cure? Desperate Children, Haphazard Care; Where New York Lags, Milwaukee Succeeds

    A Journal News investigation into New York's care system for mentally ill children exposes abuse and neglect. Some of the most needy children are sent to residential treatment centers, which "are costly to taxpayers, yet function without adequate standards of oversight and without a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the care." A major finding is that the facilities increasingly use psychotropic drugs to keep the kids under control. Instead of helping children improve their conditions and returning them to their communities -- as a model Wisconsin program has achieved -- the New York system is overhauled.
  • Great Expectations

    Child protection in Wisconsin has serious problems. Social workers are hoping kids run away, one child has died and some kids are being placed with convicted felons. All of this despite the fact that the new, more complex system was supposed to make these nightmares go away.