Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.
Patrick Michels is a reporter for Reveal, covering immigration and disaster planning. His immigration coverage focuses on immigration courts and privatization in immigration enforcement. He contributed to Reveal's award-winning project on indigenous land rights disputes created by oil pipelines. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Texas Observer, where his work included an investigation into corruption at the Department of Homeland Security and how the state's broken guardianship system allowed elder abuse to go unchecked. Michels was a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into the deadly armored car industry. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where his work focused on government contractors grappling with trauma and injuries from Iraq. Michels is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.
Fraud in immigration law is an old problem. One man’s case illustrates one giant challenge: The scammed don’t know where to report it.
Nearly a year after record Midwestern floods caused $1.7 billion in damage, a secretive lobbying effort is underway to roll back flood regulations.
A new government model confirms Missouri residents suspicions: levees raised by neighbors have increased their flood risk.
Taxpayers are paying $438,000 each year for an Arizona city to be the middleman between ICE and a Texas private prison for detainees.
Immigrants are being denied medical care, strip-searched and threatened at six ICE detention facilities, a new watchdog report finds.
Immigrant girls who request abortions while in federal custody are being referred to counseling centers recommended by an anti-abortion group.
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