Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: U.S. Detention, Civil War in South Sudan

January 03, 2017|

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A bus in San Pedro Sula awaits deportees from detention centers in the US. Image by Emily Gogolak.

A bus in San Pedro Sula awaits deportees from detention centers in the US. Image by Emily Gogolak. Honduras, 2016.

The Women and Children We Incarcerate
Emily Gogolak

What became a growing embarrassment during the Obama Administration is likely to get worse under President Trump. Thousands of Central American women and children fleeing gang violence in their homelands seek asylum in the U.S., but their mass incarceration in private prisons here exposes the gross inadequacy of our immigration policies. As grantee Emily Gogolak writes in this deeply reported investigation for The Nation, “Trump has not spoken publicly about family immigration detention, but his praise of private prisons and his virulent rhetoric about immigrant families, walls, and mass deportations has stoked fear for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and advocates on both sides of the border.”

The High Cost of Cheap Clothes
Esha Chhabra

Grantee Esha Chhabra writes about how bargain prices on clothing in this country translate into miserable wages, hazardous working conditions and environmental pollution further down the supply chain—and points to some encouraging fixes.

A Genocide in Waiting
Cassandra Vinograd

South Sudan’s escalating bloodshed has played out largely along ethnic lines, pitting Dinka against Nuer. An internationally mediated truce fell apart last year, and as grantee Cassandra Vinograd reports, the UN now warns of an impending genocide.