From the archives: immigration, police, sex-offender registries

By Lynne Perri


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In the last few years, the Investigative Reporting Workshop has undertaken major stories on immigration, police shootings, and sexual assault and sex-offender registries. Our updated site design gives a chance to tout previous coverage you may have missed:


We’ve been tracking the federal administration’s changes in policy and guidelines for new immigrants. We’ve done this through blog posts, such as How Trump is shaping immigration policy and 30,000 across from White House demand ‘families belong together.’

We’ve also published a timeline to track these policy changes.

Other stories of interest on immigration:

The New Americans” looked at the San Diego school system, which has taken in thousands of immigrants and refugees over the last few years, and helped them thrive in school. But not all schools and school budgets were created equal, and other questions, such as the high cost of housing, has hurt the transition to a new country for many people.

Five years ago, we published “The Hole,” a project produced with The New York Times about the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers around the country. The program, stories and videos led to several policy reviews:

We also previously co-produced a PBS FRONTLINE documentary, “Lost in Detention.”

Our reporting revealed sex abuse of detained immigrants.

Police shootings

The Washington Post has been tracking police shootings nationwide and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for its work. IRW graduate students and fellows, under the direction of Senior Editor John Sullivan, have been helping to maintain the national database, and also to continue to research shootings in order to develop new story ideas.

Sullivan also has been keeping up with the numbers:

Sex-offender registries

IRW has produced and co-produced several investigations on sexual assault, including, most recently, “The Boy on the Bus,” which traced the story of a troubled teen in Iowa to his predatory actions over decades in several states.

We worked with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting to produce a written story and an audio documentary in which one journalist told of her own journey tracking down the gymnastics coach who abused her many years ago.