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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 Reporting on Health 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.

Health Care and the Undocumented

Medical care for undocumented immigrants is changing in California

Thirty years ago, Fresno County was obligated to provide care to everyone who needed it, regardless of their immigration status. Now a judge has determined that the county no longer has to offer them medical services.

Immigrant detention

Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions

The death of Fernando in a detention center north of Los Angeles in 2012 was one of more than 130 others since 2003 in the 250 detention centers for immigrants. Some in detention charge that their medical needs are neglected.

Health Care and the Undocumented

Medical care for undocumented immigrants is changing in California

Thirty years ago, Fresno County was obligated to provide care to everyone who needed it, regardless of their immigration status. Now a judge has determined that the county no longer has to offer them medical services.

Refugee Health

New refugees from Iraq (left to right) Mazyad Noor, daughter Maryann, Abdulrahmam Marwan prepare to to go to the Squirrel Hill Health Center for their first physical.

In Seeking Health Care, Many Refugees Have Only a Small Window of Opportunity

The first few months of a refugee’s life in the U.S. are filled with new experiences. And with doctor’s visits. That initial care is covered by eight months of medical assistance, but refugees may still have outstanding health issues and no way to pay for them.

Family Separation

Fanta Fofana reads a book in the library.

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