Tag: Poverty

In Home Village of Girl Who Died in U.S. Custody, Poverty Drives Migration

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala — Claudia Maquin said goodbye to her 7-year-old daughter a few weeks ago, when the girl and her father left their small village with the dream of making a new life in the United States. Now she is waiting to say goodbye to her again. Ms. Maquin’s husband and daughter, Jakelin, […]

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Win a Trip in 2019!

I’m delighted to invite university students to apply for my 2019 win-a-trip contest. I’ve been holding these contests since 2006, and taking the winner along with me on a reporting trip to cover global poverty and social justice issues. My aim is to generate interest in neglected topics and get more people writing about them. […]

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U.K.’s Homelessness Problem Is Growing, and Spreading, Report Finds

LONDON — The tents have become a familiar sight on the streets of London, popping up outside stores shuttered by a slowdown in trade or even below the plate-glass windows of high-end home improvement outlets. Small and flimsy, they offer some rudiment of shelter to the growing ranks of the homeless in a city that […]

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Marseille Dispatch: In a ‘French Detroit,’ a Housing Crisis Turns Deadly for Poor

MARSEILLE, France — The red-helmeted marine firefighter was firm. “Right,” he told the anxious families gathered around him, “we’re closing up the building.” Bewildered and frightened, they climbed the darkened, rickety staircase of their building on the Rue Jean Roque, past the chunks of missing plaster and thick lines of cracks, some big enough to […]

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U.N.’s Expert on ‘Extreme Poverty’ Is Investigating Britain. Why?

NEWCASTLE, England — At a food bank in a rundown part of northeast England, an unemployed mother and son were having an odd morning. Denise and Michael Hunter typically come here for a quiet cuppa with the volunteers, a square meal and sometimes a food parcel or two. But on this day, the Hunters had […]

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Amazon’s New Neighbor: The Nation’s Largest Housing Project

Until recently, the most important thing to know about Amazon for residents of the Queensbridge Houses, the country’s largest public housing project, was that any packages left in a lobby would likely be stolen. But Amazon may soon be a far larger presence in their New York City neighborhood. The company owned by Jeff Bezos, […]

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Minorities Are Most Vulnerable When Wildfires Strike in U.S., Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Having grown up in San Diego, Ian Davies has strong memories of the 2003 Cedar Fire, which at the time was California’s largest-ever wildfire. Now, as a graduate student at the University of Washington, Mr. Davies has published a new […]

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Dear Customer: We’re Shutting Off Your Water

What do you do when you turn on your faucet and no water comes out? We estimate that 15 million Americans faced that problem in 2016 when they fell behind on their water bills and their water was shut off. Our organization, Food & Water Watch, surveyed the two largest public water systems in each […]

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‘It’s an Exodus’

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — The long line of men and women waded into the muddy waters of the Suchiate River. Holding onto a rope, they pulled themselves over the invisible line dividing Guatemala and Mexico. Others crossed with their babies and young children on crowded rafts built with tires. I watched this flood of humanity […]

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U.S. Campaign Against Migration Goes Unheard, or Unheeded, in Guatemala

CONCEPCIÓN CHIQUIRICHAPA, Guatemala — Six months ago, Liset Juárez’s husband packed a small bag, hugged their three children and said goodbye as he left on the more than 1,200-mile trip to the United States. It was his sixth attempt to try to cross the border illegally to find work. The couple had borrowed the equivalent […]

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Britain’s Big Squeeze: In Britain, Even Children Are Feeling the Effects of Austerity

MORECAMBE, England — It was half past eight, and the school day was just starting at Morecambe Bay Primary, a state-run elementary school in northwest England. Siobhan Collingwood, the head teacher, pointed to a cheerful boy munching his way through two slices of toast — his first meal of the day. Teachers, she said, had […]

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We Were Making Headway on Global Poverty. What’s About to Change?

What will it take to help all these young people change the future of their countries? We can learn from what has worked in the past: investments in people, especially their health and education, and in innovation. In general, leaders prefer to spend money on things like roads, ports and bridges, because the impact is […]

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In Flood-Hit Public Housing, a Reminder That the Poor Bear Brunt of Storms’ Fury

The long-term solution for Trent Court feels only more pressing. But it is a complicated issue, and one that does not sort out easily along racial lines. Mayor Dana E. Outlaw, a Democrat who is white, said Monday that he simply wants to see the residents moved away from danger, and soon. In an emotional […]

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U.S. Recovery Eludes Many Living Below Poverty Level, Census Suggests

Most economists consider the poverty number published concurrently in the supplemental report, which is 1.6 percentage points higher, to be a more precise measure because it factors in the cost of expenses like housing, child care and transportation, while estimating the positive effect of government benefits like Social Security, Medicaid and the earned-income tax credit. […]

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Tickets From Poverty to a Better Future

Advertisement Congress should move poor families to healthy neighborhoods. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Sept. 12, 2018 ImageCreditCreditSam Alden It was one of those rare moments of bipartisanship in Washington: Republican and […]

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Feature: Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

To afford basic necessities, the federal government estimates that Vanessa’s family would need to bring in $29,420 a year. Vanessa is not even close — and she is one of the lucky ones, at least among the poor. The nation’s safety net now strongly favors the employed, with benefits like the earned-income tax credit, a […]

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