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Living in the Shadows Slideshow

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.

Living in the Shadows Slideshow

A Refugee Story: Trauma haunted a woman who saw too much
Claudine Mukankindi never recovered from the multiple traumas she endured.
A Refugee Story: Trauma haunted a woman who saw too much
A Refugee Story: Trauma haunted a woman who saw too much
A Refugee Story: Trauma haunted a woman who saw too much
A Refugee Story: Trauma haunted a woman who saw too much
A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?
A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?
A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?
A Tiny Living Room Health Insurance Enrollment Center: A Model to Replicate?
An immigration system that breaks hearts
Dionila Roblero, a Guatemalen immigrant, started to cook and sell food, to support her three children since her husband was deported. (Miguel Martínez/MundoHispanico).
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
An immigration system that breaks hearts
California County Seeks to Eliminate Health Safety Net for the Undocumented
Natividad with daughter (right) and girls from other families who live in her home.
Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences
Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences
Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences
Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences
Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions
Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions
In Seeking Health Care, Many Refugees Have Only a Small Window of Opportunity
In Seeking Health Care, Many Refugees Have Only a Small Window of Opportunity
Medical needs of immigrants in custody are neglected (Spanish)
Medical needs of immigrants in custody are neglected (Spanish)
New arrivals in the U.S. confront vast health challenges and often feel alone
New arrivals in the U.S. confront vast health challenges and often feel alone
New arrivals in the U.S. confront vast health challenges and often feel alone
Therapist Julanne Bibro-Ruch works with Adu Sit, a Burmese refugee, at the Squirrel Hill Health Center. On the speaker phone is an interpreter. (Erika Beras.Reporting on Health Collaborative)
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
U.S.born children struggle after parents are deported
Undocumented Immigrants Await a New Option for Health Care Coverage in California
Imelda Plascencia is one of the authors of the report “Undocumented and Uninsured,” a report by the UCLA Labor Center. (Courtesy Photo)
When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees
When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees
When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees
When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees
When Suffering Saves: Mexican father released from prison based on psychological evidence
When Suffering Saves: Mexican father released from prison based on psychological evidence
When Suffering Saves: Mexican father released from prison based on psychological evidence
When Suffering Saves: Mexican father released from prison based on psychological evidence

In our Living in the Shadows series, six news organizations from around the country joined together as the Reporting on Health Collaborative to highlight the interplay between immigration status and health. Many immigrants feel isolated in America – suffering that can turn toxic over time. Below is a slideshow of all Living in the Shadows stories. 

Recent Stories

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.

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.

Exhausted from the burden of her age and diabetes, Juana now pays more attention to the news. She recently learned of a California proposal to offer health insurance to people who are undocumented.

A Mexican-American woman decided to convert her house into a health insurance registration center. She invited her family and neighbors, most of them uninsured. Could this be a model strategy to sign up more Latinos?

All California counties have to offer a minimum of free or very low-cost health services to uninsured, low-income residents who do not qualify for subsidized health insurance and cannot pay for private insurance. But one county is trying to change this.

The consequences of separating parents from children can include causing or exacerbating mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders.

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.

Fatal errors and lack of adequate medical care in immigration detention centers bring suffering to detainees and their families.

As many as 1 in 4 of those detained have chronic medical conditions. Medical neglect can lead to deteriorated health and, in Fernando Dominguez Valdivia's case, death.

A Mexican father is released from detention thanks to a psychological evaluation used as evidence in court.

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