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The gift of biliteracy

Six states have passes laws promoting a Seal of Biliteracy, awarded to high school graduates who can demonstrate that they can read and write in more than one language. On a recent Linea Abierta show, a teacher and a student discussed the importance of making sure children become biliterate.

Posted in Education, Homepage Feature |
Arizona law requires undocumented detainees to remain in jail without bail, if they are charged with a serious crime. Alvarez's attorney says the district attorney often charges immigrants with more serious crimes, increasing the likelihood they will stay in jail. Photo: Dan Devivo.

Living in the Shadows: No Bail and No Healthcare

In Arizona, undocumented immigrants who are arrested are held without bail, even when they need healthcare. One undocumented woman with breast cancer was preparing for a mastectomy, when she was arrested and accused of identity theft. Just days before her programmed surgery, Valeria Fernández interviewed her in jail.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |
Adolescent moms at American Youthworks share a classroom with their babies. Photo: Filipa Rodriguez.

Texas to close a school that graduates dropouts

A charter school in Texas is dedicated solely to teaching students who previously dropped out of school and helps them graduate. But the state is about to close the school because it says it doesn’t meet academic and financial standards set for all schools. Joy Díaz reports from Austin, Texas.

Posted in Education, Homepage Feature |

Dual Immersion Bill in Arizona Leaves ELL Students Out

Children who speak Spanish at home could be left out of a bill in Arizona that proposes to create a pilot dual immersion program and allocates crucial funding.

Posted in Education, Homepage Feature, Topics |
Cuando tenía 11 años, Fanta Fofana, nacida en EE. UU. fue testigo del arresto de su padre, un inmigrante de Senegal, por parte de los agentes de inmigración. Después de ser deportado, Fofana que hoy tiene 17 años, dice que con frecuencia se siente estresada y excluida. Foto: Anthony Advincula/New America Media

Living in the Shadows: Children Who Witness Parent’s Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences

Every day more than 1,000 immigrants on average are deported from the United States, and many of them are parents who were arrested and handcuffed in front of their children, before they were taken to a detention center to wait for their deportation. Over time, this means that hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of high level of trauma exposure.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |
Papa has sought refuge by joining support groups of people who have lived through similar experiences. She also started to blog, posting her personal story online and encouraging other U.S-born children to share their own stories.
Photo: Anthony Advincula/New America Media, New York

Living in the Shadows: After parents’ deportation, U.S. children face mental struggles

Every month, between 6,000 and 7,000 people are deported who have families in the United States. Researchers who have examined the mental health problems connected to forced family separations find a daunting web of factors at play, including economic conditions, family relationships, trauma, and childhood upbringing. The consequences of separating parents from children can include causing or exacerbating mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |
Un detenido camina con un guarida. Foto: Alonso Yáñez/La Opinión.

Living in the Shadows: Detention center deaths raise immigrant rights questions

A death in a detention center north of Los Angeles in 2012 is one of more than 130 other deaths since 2003 in the 250 detention centers for immigrants. The causes of death range from asphyxia to cardiopulmonary arrest and drowning. More than 400,000 people pass through the national network of detention centers every year, and the industry is on the rise.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |
La infancia de Aweys Mwaliya en Somalia, un país devastado por la guerra, se vio marcada de eventos traumáticos indescriptibles.  Con el tiempo, el y su familia pudieron huir y pasaron una década viviendo en campos de refugiados. Hace nueve años se reasentó en Utah y más tarde se mudó a Pittsburgh.
Foto: Ryan Loew

Living in the Shadows: The Challenge of Treating Refugees With PTSD

In 2012, more that 58,000 refugees were resettled in the United States. “These are truly survivors of war or survivors of torture, so in that case we see a high frequency of post-traumatic stress disorder and that are difficult to treat and at times also difficult to recognize,” said Marco Gemignani, who teaches psychology at Duquesne University and works with refugees at Catholic Charities Health Clinic.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |
Juan Rodela estuvo detenido el año pasado en el Centro Stewart de Detención de Inmigrantes y fue liberado debido a la evaluación psicológica realizada a sus hijos.
Foto: Miguel Martínez/MundoHispánico

Living in the Shadows: Mexican father released from prison based on psychological evidence

Juan Rodela had been imprisoned in the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Georgia and was on his third lawyer when a change in his defense strategy resulted in his surprising liberation.

Posted in Homepage Feature, Immigration, Health |

Living in the Shadows: Bhutanese Refugees Face a High Suicide Rate

The global suicide rate per 100,000 people is 16. The U.S. rate for the general population is 12.4. A study done last year found the Bhutanese rate is higher — 20.3 among refugees resettled in the U.S. and 20.7 among those in the refugee camps in Nepal. While there were suicide deaths reported among other refugee groups during that time, the numbers are not as high.

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