After being extorted on the job, a deported waste management worker is fighting to return to the United States--and winning.
Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records--a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.
The Latest Investigations in Racial Justice
by Aura Bogado on January 28 2013, 9:39AM
Natives have proven crucial to Democrats’ success across the West, but their struggle for democracy remains one of the least acknowledged, ugly realities of every election.
by Seth Freed Wessler on December 17 2012, 9:45AM
New data obtained by Colorlines.com shows the disturbing pace of parental deportation has not changed, despite ICE vow to use greater “discretion.”
by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.
by Aura Bogado on October 18 2012, 10:00AM
From voter ID laws to inaccessible polling stations, Native voters in Arizona face a cascading series of hurdles to participating in the November election.
by Akiba Solomon on October 11 2012, 9:54AM
Poor and uninsured women of color are starting to feel the results after two years of relentless attacks on family planning infrastructure. Akiba Solomon reports from Texas.
by Brentin Mock on October 4 2012, 10:13AM
The black former congressman has emerged as the tea party’s new best friend, because he insists his colleagues in the southern Black Belt are the real threat to voting rights.
by Brentin Mock on August 23 2012, 9:43AM
True the Vote began as a small outfit in Houston three years ago. Now, its agenda for intimidating voters reaches all across the country.
by Seth Freed Wessler on August 8 2012, 9:27AM
As recent news shows, determining what’s in a kid’s best interest is far from an objective standard. It’s easily swayed by biases about poor people, about undocumented people, about people of color.
by Ali Winston on August 7 2012, 9:25AM
Recent news across the state offers stark reminders of how bad the relationship remains between militarized police forces and the black and brown neighborhoods they patrol.
by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM
What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.
by Rinku Sen on May 24 2012, 9:49AM
In one of the first studies involving Occupy participants, the Applied Research Center gathered young activists from multiple movements in focus groups to ask, What propels you to the political frontline?
by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM
The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.
by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2012, 10:07AM
Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.
by Seth Freed Wessler on February 14 2012, 10:38AM
Nobody argues whether Felipe Montes is a great dad. But the state doesn’t want to send his U.S. citizen kids to Mexico, so he may lose them forever. The Montes are among a growing number of families facing similar crises.
by Seth Freed Wessler on January 4 2012, 9:19AM
Deporting 400,000 people a year means big business for the rural towns and private prison contractors that warehouse many detained immigrants.
by Hatty Lee on December 6 2011, 10:21AM
The defining question of the information age is no longer whether you’re online, it’s how you got there. Here’s why your connection matters.
by Jamilah King on December 6 2011, 10:19AM
The information age’s defining question is no longer who’s online, but how they got there. Consumers of color are closing the digital divide with smart phones. But they’ve surfed into a space where telecom has the right to do as it pleases with both users and content.
by Seth Freed Wessler on November 3 2011, 9:30AM
Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals nearly a quarter of people deported in first half of 2011 were parents with U.S. citizen children. That’s a dramatic increase from the 10-year period before the Obama administration.
by Seth Freed Wessler on November 2 2011, 8:00AM
A yearlong investigation by Colorlines.com’s publisher, the Applied Research Center, found more than 5,000 children stuck in foster care because their parents were detained by ICE. One in four deportees have U.S.-born kids and face total loss of parental rights.
by Gabriel Thompson on September 13 2011, 9:33AM
GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.
by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:54AM
A dramatic rollback in transparency laws five years ago left California residents with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. A Colorlines.com investigation finds Oakland is one of the cities left most vulnerable.
by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 2:41PM
A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.
Julianne Hing spent the school year visiting families and educators in Los Angeles. She found them navigating a reality that bears little resemblance to today’s heated reform debate.
Topics: Schools & Youth
by Kai Wright on April 11 2011, 9:44AM
A growing number of states are trying to regulate high-cost, small-dollar loans. But the industry, with Wall Street’s backing, is moving fast to evade new rules.
by Jamilah King on October 29 2010, 10:58AM
Jamilah King asks Milwaukee’s crucial young voters what brings them to the polls. The answer isn’t a charismatic candidate.
Topics: 2010 Elections
Shahed Hossain describes his harrowing ordeal to ColorLines videographer Brian Palmer.
by Seth Freed Wessler on October 7 2010, 10:36AM
Shahed Hossain’s shocking story reveals why Obama will have to use his power to halt mass deportations for any reform to work.
by Brentin Mock on September 30 2010, 11:54AM
Keilen Williams doesn’t know where to direct his economic frustrations. Scapegoating pols and profiteering capitalists tell him and other workers to blame each other.
by Shawn Escoffery on September 30 2010, 10:00AM
The fishers of Brentin Mock’s investigation into race-baiting in the Gulf recovery effort.
Topics: Katrina Recovery
Our original report examined the racial inequity that helped create the recession—and that the crisis has in turn intensified. More than a year later, little has changed.
by Seth Freed Wessler on October 22 2009, 9:44AM
This piece was co-authored by Seth Wessler and Julianne Hing. In recent months, the Obama administration has announced plans to expand the 287(g) program despite widespread abuses and racial profiling. It’s also pouring money into “Secure Communities,” a program that…