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  • Why Did The U.S. Lock Up These Women With Men?

    For transgender immigrants fleeing transphobic countries, asylum in the U.S. can mean the difference between life and death. But instead of finding refuge from persecution sexual assault and harassment in the U.S., transgender women are routinely thrown into America’s immigration detention system where they experience the same attacks they were were escaping in the first place. A six-month Fusion investigation revealed for the first time ever that immigration authorities detain about 75 transgender people on any given night. The investigation also found that while transgender detainees only account for one of every 500 detainees, one of every five victims of confirmed sexual assaults in detention involved transgender victims
  • Waiting for Disaster

    A relentless WXYZ-TV investigation is credited for prompting major proposed reforms to Michigan’s mental health code; measures that probate judges say will save lives and drastically improve care for the state’s most vulnerable. The ongoing series documented an underfunded, disjointed and sometimes inhumane state mental health system that, in 2014, was rated 41st out of 50 states. In 9 separate reports, WXYZ’s relentless series documented the plight of men, women and children struggling with a mental illness who received meager care from the state. Through its reporting, WXYZ prompted the Governor’s office to form a special task force designed to change Michigan law and provide more meaningful care for the mentally ill.
  • Rape Kits 101

    9Wants to Know, working with I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS, found students at the two largest universities in Colorado had no access to rape kits in the cities where they go to school. In fact, students at University of Colorado in Boulder must make a 30-40 minute drive to the nearest hospital that will perform a rape kit. Rape kits are also known as a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) or a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Exam (SANE Exam). These exams are important to both treat a victim’s injuries and to collect forensic evidence to prosecute the perpetrator. Victims’ advocates say the distance dissuades many women in Boulder from obtaining the exam. Our story pushed Boulder officials to act more quickly in opening a SANE exam program in their city, providing a critical service to attack victims.
  • NBC5 Investigates: Sex Trafficking in Chicago

    NBC5 Investigates has embarked on an on-going examination of SEX TRAFFICKING IN CHICAGO. We often hear of international sex trafficking, but many don’t realize it is happening on their own blocks. Young women, often minors, are lured into the sex trade through the Internet, social media or even by the traditional means of promises of love and protection. Many are already victims of sexual assault. They have covered several stories since 2011 and this year took a close look at the people who buy sex; the people who try to help victims, and where the sex trade and trafficking is growing.
  • Police Power: A Culture of Corruption

    This special investigative show highlights KGTV’s relentless reporting into the San Diego Police Department’s culture and conduct, revealing a culture of cronyism that tolerated corrupt officers, allowed crimes to be covered up and crippled the SDPD’s ability to retain public trust and police San Diego. This reporting led to the criminal conviction of one officer, the appointment of a new police chief, a dual criminal and administrative investigation into the department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (ongoing at the time of this submission), and several policy changes by San Diego police. Former officer Christopher Hays pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail and probation in relation to charges he sexual abused women in his custody. The case prompted San Diego Police to establish a new policy requiring two officers to accompany any female in custody.
  • Unregulated tests

    Patients are being harmed by an increasing number of unregulated tests that guide medical treatment decisions. NECIR examined two testing arenas: Those for Lyme disease and a new generation of prenatal screening tests that identify the risk of Down syndrome and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus. The stories, which took a total of six months to complete, gave readers a glimpse into the complex, confusing and highly competitive world of diagnostic tests. In some cases, patients are undergoing years of harmful, costly and unnecessary antibiotic treatment based on a questionable Lyme disease diagnosis. In others, women are terminating pregnancies because they - and their doctors - wrongly believe the results of a screening test for fetal problems are nearly 100 percent accurate.
  • River Road Fellowship

    An investigation into a religious cult called the River Road Fellowship, led by Victor Barnard. Our investigation revealed allegations from two women who say they were sexually abused by Barnard beginning when they were 12 years old, with the knowledge and consent of their parents. Our investigation revealed how prosecutors ignored evidence and allowed Victor Barnard to flee Minnesota for Washington. Our story led the Pine County Sheriff's Department to re-open the investigation and the Pine County Attorney to produce a 52 count indictment. Victor Barnard remains a fugitive.
  • The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal

    The piece looked at the effects of a new law in Tennessee that made it a criminal assault to give birth to a baby with drugs in its system. After a six-month investigation involving interviews with pregnant women, doctors, and health workers, we were able to document a consistent pattern of women being driven underground to avoid the fate they’ve seen in mug shots on the local news. Among many narratives: We learned of and/or spoke to women avoiding prenatal care and drug treatment in order to protect themselves from the punitive effects of the law; We learned of and/or spoke to women switching hospitals, avoiding hospital births, and even leaving the state to circumvent the law; We heard about pregnant women seeking drug treatment and being turned away for liability reasons.
  • Deadly Medicine

    The Wall Street Journal’s alarming revelations about a once common medical procedure had the powerful and lasting impact of saving lives. After nearly a year of Journal reporting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed strict limits on the device involved in the procedure. Doctors and hospitals curbed or abandoned the practice. Johnson & Johnson, the top manufacturer, pulled the device off the market. And women undergoing surgery were now armed with information that, for many, could determine life or death.
  • THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

    In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.