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Border Patrol

Detained border crossers may find themselves sent to ‘the freezers’

Some men held at a short-term detention center in Nogales, Ariz., use heat-reflective “space” blankets. Interviews and court records show many immigrants have been held for days in rooms kept at temperatures so low that they develop pneumonia and other illnesses.Peter O’Dowd/Fronteras The moment Border Patrol agents swooped in on Claudia and her husband, Marvin,

Border Patrol

Sister of border agency leader pleads guilty to human smuggling charge

Jeffrey Self is the commander of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Arizona Joint Field Command. His sister, 52-year-old Tammy Leigh Stephens of Phoenix, has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an illegal immigration entry.Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press The sister of the top-ranking U.S. Customs and Border Protection official in Arizona pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling

Nov 1, 2013

‘Exploited of the exploited’ carve own path among disparate cultures

Rodrigo Perea, 17, was ridiculed by classmates for being an indigenous Mexican. He now leads Tequio, a group whose members launched a successful anti-discrimination campaign last year.Carlos Puma/The Center for Investigative Reporting OXNARD, Calif. – Rodrigo Perea, an indigenous Mexican teenager, vividly recalls crossing the border as a boy – the bogus papers with a

Oct 17, 2013
Criminal Justice

Escondidas en la Cosecha

Tres mujeres vinieron a los EE.UU. en busca de una vida mejor, pero lo que encontraron no fue el sueño americano. Vea lo que tuvieron que soportar para mantener a sus propias familias. CREDITS Director/producer: Ariane Wu Spanish-language producer: Daffodil Altan Illustrator: Marina Luz Reporters: Bernice Yeung, Grace Rubenstein, Hannah Mintz, Lauren Rosenfeld Executive producer:

Jul 10, 2013
Criminal Justice

Harassment suit against egg farm brings settlement, but no charges

The exact scope of sexual violence and harassment against agricultural workers is impossible to pinpoint. An estimated 560,000 women work on U.S. farms.Andres Cediel/Investigative Reporting Program   For about six years as she labored alone in a hen house on a central Washington egg farm, Maria said she was sexually abused repeatedly by her supervisor.

Jul 7, 2013

Firm tied to Willie Brown gets political boost for Hunters Point plan

Former Mayor Willie Brown speaks during the Hunters Point groundbreaking. On its website and in company brochures, the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center refers to Brown as a “principal,” but he denies knowledge of the investment firm.Michael Short/For The Center for Investigative Reporting   House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed

Jul 2, 2013
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