Colorlines

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen
Columnist, Global Justice
New York, NY

Michelle Chen is Colorlines' Global Justice columnist. She is a regular contributor on labor issues at In These Times, as well as a member of the magazine's Board of Editors. Michelle's reporting has appeared in Ms. Magazine, AirAmerica, Alternet, Newsday, the Progressive Media Project, and her old zine, cain. Prior to joining Colorlines, she wrote for the independent news collective The NewStandard. A native New Yorker, she has also conducted ethnographic research as a Fulbright fellow in Shanghai and checked coats at a West Village jazz club. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the City University of New York and co-producing the community radio program Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica's WBAI.

Follow Michelle at @meeshellchen.

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-born Kids Belong?

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-born Kids Belong?

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2010, 9:20AM

We accept the term “naturalization” for new citizens. What could be more natural than being accepted in the only home you’ve ever known?

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Human Rights Watch: ICE Won't Protect Women from Sexual Abuse

Human Rights Watch: ICE Won’t Protect Women from Sexual Abuse

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2010, 12:59PM

Human Rights Watch has issued a scathing indictment of Homeland Security’s utter failure to protect women from abuse and harassment in detention.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Women Detainees Sexually Abused as ICE Polices Itself

Women Detainees Sexually Abused as ICE Polices Itself

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2010, 10:28AM

Sexual abuse cases at a Texas detention facility reveals ICE’s failures to protect women.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Kids Still Shaken by Katrina

Kids Still Shaken by Katrina

by Michelle Chen on August 24 2010, 9:52AM

Research shows the emotional impact of years of poverty, instability and government neglect.

Topics: Health, Schools & Youth, Schools & Youth

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women's Mental Health Crisis

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women’s Mental Health Crisis

by Michelle Chen on August 24 2010, 9:10AM

The ACLU has settled a landmark lawsuit over female inmates’ mental and physical health services in Wisconsin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

First Nations Confront Legacy of Violence Against Women

First Nations Confront Legacy of Violence Against Women

by Michelle Chen on August 23 2010, 10:17AM

Native women in Canada confront a growing number of disappearances and tragic deaths.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Fight Over Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Intensifies

Fight Over Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Intensifies

by Michelle Chen on August 23 2010, 9:17AM

Louisiana has struck a compromise over a divisive law that mandates ultrasounds for women before they terminate a pregnancy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Native Human Rights Advocate Defies Conservative Attacks in Iowa

Native Human Rights Advocate Defies Conservative Attacks in Iowa

by Michelle Chen on August 20 2010, 10:50AM

Karen Mackey, executive director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission has stood up amid political controversy driven by the right.

Topics: On Gender, Politics

Filipina Nurses See Discrimination in San Francisco Health System

Filipina Nurses See Discrimination in San Francisco Health System

by Michelle Chen on August 20 2010, 9:20AM

The California Nurses Association accused a major healthcare company of “systematic discrimination against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses.”

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

The Right's Long, Racist History of Calling Moms Criminals

The Right’s Long, Racist History of Calling Moms Criminals

by Michelle Chen on August 19 2010, 9:52AM

The GOP’s birthright citizenship drama isn’t the first in which women of color have been cast as criminal breeders.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Poor, Jobless, and Getting out the Vote

Poor, Jobless, and Getting out the Vote

by Michelle Chen on August 19 2010, 9:15AM

Labor hopes to make the unemployed their own political interest group.

Topics: On Gender, Politics

Trafficking Survivors Get Relief under NY Law

Trafficking Survivors Get Relief under NY Law

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 12:00PM

Governor David Paterson has signed a bill that enables sex trafficking victims to clear their records of criminal convictions.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 11:23AM

Groups call for an end to the culture of impunity that looms over the incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

Sensitive Bigotry and the

Sensitive Bigotry and the “Ground Zero Mosque” Meme

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 9:30AM

CNN’s Don Lemon inadvertently reveals the prejudice lurking behind objections to a Muslim cultural center near the World Trade Center site.

Topics: Mosque Mania

'Is She Yours?': Mixed-Race Families in the Eyes of Others

‘Is She Yours?’: Mixed-Race Families in the Eyes of Others

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 9:10AM

Multiracial families often evoke strange looks of bewilderment from strangers, followed by the awkward question, “Is she yours?” Or the even more vexing, “Are you looking for more work?”

Topics: On Gender, Schools & Youth

Latinas Rallying For Reproductive Justice

Latinas Rallying For Reproductive Justice

by Michelle Chen on August 13 2010, 9:45AM

It’s Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, and bloggers are sounding off about self-determination and controlling their own reproductive destinies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, On Gender

It's Not Just Bullets Scarring Chicago Public Housing Residents

It’s Not Just Bullets Scarring Chicago Public Housing Residents

by Michelle Chen on August 13 2010, 9:00AM

Urban Institute study shows years of trauma may leave families with wounds that don’t heal.

Topics: Health, On Gender

Defining the Immigrant Family: Legal Reform and Common Sense

Defining the Immigrant Family: Legal Reform and Common Sense

by Michelle Chen on August 12 2010, 9:00AM

A legal analysis of the key problem that current immigration policy cannot answer: who do we call mom and dad?

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Anti-Muslim Bus Ad Set to Exploit

Anti-Muslim Bus Ad Set to Exploit “Ground Zero Mosque” Fear

by Michelle Chen on August 11 2010, 11:25AM

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority just gave its blessing to an anti-Muslim ad campaign, brought to you by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Topics: Mosque Mania, Politics

Single Women Fend for Themselves in Recession

Single Women Fend for Themselves in Recession

by Michelle Chen on August 11 2010, 9:29AM

Single women of color, despite their vital economic contributions as consumers, parents and workers, bear the brunt of the economy’s decline.

Topics: Economy, On Gender