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For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own

This article was originally published in The New York Times.  Early last week, as the novel coronavirus exploded from state to state, a woman called the National Domestic Violence Hotline in a crisis: Her partner…

“I’m Homeless—How Can I Self-Quarantine?”

This article was originally published in Marie Claire. Across from two of the tall, unnervingly skinny palm trees Los Angeles is known for, there is a light blue bungalow in a row of neat, single-story…

Why the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Hit Women Hardest

This article was originally published in TIME.  At 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, I got a text message saying my children’s school in D.C. would close the next day for a deep cleaning. I’m a single…

My Cousin’s Experience with Childhood Trauma

This article was originally published in Al Día. Trauma is not only created by singular incidents. It can also be born out of a person’s repeated or continuous exposure to stress. A child in poverty…

Worried About Abortion Laws? Catholic Hospital Mergers Also Seen as Threat to Women’s Health Care

This article was originally published in USA Today.  In 1995, Lois Uttley was working as a reproductive rights advocate in New York when the merger of two hospitals in Troy, a city near Albany, caught…

Wisconsin’s Catholic Hospitals Limit Reproductive Procedures

This article was originally published on The Washington Post. MILWAUKEE — When Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee announced it would cut back services in 2018, residents of the surrounding Sherman Park area protested. The…

When Catholic Hospitals Merge, Reproductive Services Can Change

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  The shift toward managed care in the mid-to-late 1990s and passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 pressured health systems to contain costs, fueling mergers between…

Catholic Hospitals Often Only Choice For Women of Color in Milwaukee

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  Expectant mothers in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, have a wealth of hospitals to choose from, unlike some of their counterparts in rural areas. For the county’s black and…

Catholics Run One-Third of Wisconsin Hospitals, Putting Many Reproductive Procedures Off-Limits

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  When Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee announced it would cut back services in 2018, residents of the surrounding Sherman Park area balked. The predominantly black, low-income…

A Test With No Answer: Why Are American Doctors Performing Virginity Tests?

This article was originally published in Marie Claire. Twenty-two-year-old anatomist Andreas Vesalius stood over the limp body of an 18-year-old Belgian noblewoman. A tight corset constricted her torso; she died from an ailment of the…

Ramona: A Story of Perseverance in Kensington

This article was originally published in Al Día. Here’s one woman’s story of perseverance: My name is Ramona Hieye. In the 1960s, I grew up in Kensington, a very different version of the neighborhood you…

Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry

This article was originally published in TIME Magazine. After an eight-hour shift on her feet, shuffling between a stuffy kitchen and the red vinyl booths of Broad Street Diner, Christina Munce is at a standstill…

Dade County Florida Program for Trafficked Children

This podcast was originally published by Here & There. Listen to the podcast here. It might be pushing it to call the Trump administration’s family separation policy a cause of the national rise in the…

How Domestic Abusers Weaponize the Courts

This article was originally published by The Atlantic. When the phone rang one evening in June 2016, “D” could guess who was calling even before her mother answered. He’d called the house before—D knew it was…

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. Since taking office in 2017, the Trump administration has claimed that its human rights agenda centers on human trafficking. “My Administration continues to work to drive out…

Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

This article was originally published by Generocity. Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he…

Trump Exposed for Undercutting Trafficking Victim Protections

This episode of The Beat is produced by MSNBC. Listen to the episode here. See Jenna’s article at the 4:11 mark. The Trump administration is cracking down on key protections for victims of human trafficking,…

How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases

This article was originally published by Montgomery Advertiser. The turning point came the day a 13-year-old girl appeared in Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesias’s Miami courtroom. The child wouldn’t make eye contact, so the judge asked her…
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