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Living in the Shadows

A special series by the Reporting on Health Collaborative

About this series

Many immigrants feel isolated in America – suffering that can turn toxic over time.

Six news outlets joined together as the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative to highlight the interplay between immigration status and health. The USC Annenberg project involves Mundo Hispánico (Atlanta), New America Media (California and New York), Radio Bilingüe (Fresno and Washington), WESA Pittsburgh, Univision Los Angeles and Univision Arizona.

Latest Collaborative Stories

Immigrant detention

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Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions

In 2014, fellows Alonso Yáñez and Annabelle Sedano collaborated on a project highlighting shortcomings in detention facilities for undocumented immigrants operated by for-profit companies. As Obama reconsiders outsourcing detention centers, this project offers early warnings of problems to come.

Health Care and the Undocumented

Family Separation

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Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences

While children show different responses to early trauma, depending on factors such as their age, coping mechanisms, and family support, experts say that research shows that witnessing a parent's arrest or deportation leads to a complex series of problems.

  • Immigrant detention
  • Health Care and the Undocumented
  • Refugee Health
  • Family Separation