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  • ProPublica: The Child Abuse Contrarians

    Judges and juries hearing cases of alleged physical abuse of babies rely on expert witnesses to illuminate the medical evidence based on an impartial examination of the record and the victims. But in two fascinating investigative profiles co-published by ProPublica and The New Yorker, ProPublica Senior Reporter David Armstrong exposed a pair of sought-after expert witnesses who fall far short of this standard. Both work exclusively for accused child abusers and use dubious scientific arguments to make their case, potentially undermining justice and endangering children. Their success underscores the susceptibility of the U.S. judicial system to junk science, as well as the growing suspicion of mainstream medicine in an era when misinformation quickly spreads online.
  • The Intercept: Detained, then Violated

    The Intercept obtained hundreds of complaints of sexual and physical abuse in immigration detention, in response to a public records request with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, which is tasked with independently reviewing the department’s various agencies, including ICE and Border Patrol.
  • Children at Risk: Unregulated Day Care in Virginia

    The series revealed the deaths of 43 children at unregulated day-care homes in Virginia since 2004. About half the deaths were sleep-related and 10 involved physical abuse. In that same time frame, 17 children died in licensed day cares. Child care experts estimate that unregulated providers care for about one-third of all children in day care in Virginia. Unregulated providers are subject to no background checks, no training and no inspections. Because regulators don’t even know where the homes are located, the finding of the 43 deaths was news to government officials.
  • Crossing Alone

    When the influx of children from Central America across the southern border made news last summer, the national media descended on Texas. But Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll was already investigating the federal government's sprawling - and secretive - shelter network for unaccompanied children. She found the small agency tasked with their care unaccountable and overwhelmed. Children were being subjected to sexual and physical abuse, and their attackers were escaping federal prosecution.
  • Troubled Teens: At Risk and Overlooked

    Some of Arizona’s most severely troubled youth were sexually abused at facilities that were supposed to heal their addiction and behavioral problems, an Arizona Republic investigation found. In some cases, the sexual and physical abuse came from adult staff members, amid lax oversight from state regulators. The series found that Arizona authorities had taken little action regarding the problems at the treatment centers, and had no standards to measure whether the treatment the clients received was effective, despite pouring millions of tax dollars into the facilities.
  • Thai Shrimp Industry Exploits Workers to Whet Global Appetite for Cheap Shrimp

    Shrimp is big business in Thailand, thanks to an appetite in the United States that continues to grow. Today, a third of country’s exported shrimp goes to the U.S., its top customer, where retail giants like Walmart and Costco do high-volume sales and suburban Red Lobsters offer bargain blue plate specials. Breakthroughs in aquaculture have helped Thai producers keep up with the rising demand, but there’s a catch to their success: an invisible underclass of Burmese migrant workers, thousands of whom labor in sub-human conditions to keep costs down. Of the estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants working in Samut Sakhon province, the heartland of the Thai shrimp industry, about a third are unregistered and subject to rights abuses. Independent monitors say that thousands desperate to escape the poverty and dictatorship of their homeland cross the border only to find themselves trapped in bonded labor that’s tantamount to slavery. Sold by brokers to crooked factory owners, they are forced to endure long hours for pitiful wages, physical abuse and intimidation. Many are children who do not meet Thai working age requirements. Their plight is made worse, critics say, by the profit-induced apathy of Thai authorities who turn a blind eye or are complicit in abuses. Reporters Steve Sapienza and Jason Motlagh investigate exploitative labor practices at the lower levels of the supply chain.
  • Judge Darrell Russell, Jr.

    The reporter uncovered a decision by a Baltimore County judge to marry a man accused of beating his fiance.
  • In the Kennel-Uncovering a Navy's Unit's Culture of Abuse

    In obtaining documents from a Navy investigation into the alleged abuse, it revealed a number of counts of abuse and hazing. Also, it uncovered a widespread psychological, sexual, and physical abuse across the Persian Gulf unit. The Navy investigation revealed all this abuse, but the case was later dropped and the unit's chief was promoted.
  • Abuse at Rainier

    KIRO revealed "caregivers repeatedly punching, kicking, and slapping severely disabled residents of a state-run facility." During the investigation the team had to secretly video tap the the Rainier School. Also they were able to show that the state had lied about the death of one of the disabled clients and covered up the abuse of others.
  • TYC Abuse Scandal

    "This rolling investigation documents the sexual and physical abuse of teenaged inmates at het prisons operated by the Texas Youth Commissions, the state's juvenile justice agency. It reveals abuse, filthy living conditions, lax medical care, inept and uncaring administrators, troubled contractors, questionable business dealings and a brutal climate of fear and retaliation."