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Resources for Reporting on Social Work

12/05/2014 by Fatimah Waseem

Basic Facts: Social workers hold about 642,000 jobs in the United States. About five of ten jobs are in health care and social assistance industries and three of 10 are employed by state and local agencies, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than

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Resources for Reporting on LGBT Asylum and Immigration

12/05/2014 by Fatimah Waseem

Basic Facts: In 77 countries in 2014, it is a crime to be gay or transgender, according to Immigration Equality, a national legal organization. The U.S. recognizes LGBT status as a grounds for asylum since 1994, but has no clear records on how many claims it grants. There are roughly 15,000 to 50,000 undocumented transgender

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Resources for Reporting on Military Children

11/04/2014 by Fatimah Waseem

Basic Facts: There are 1.8 million children of active duty members. 78 percent are under age 11, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. 80 percent of military children attend U.S. public schools, according to the School Superintendents Association (AASA). The average military family moves three times more often than their civil counterpart.

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Resources for Reporting on Addiction and Recovery

11/03/2014 by Aysha Khan

Basic Facts: At about 14 percent, 18- to 25-year-olds have the highest rate of alcohol dependence or abuse among persons aged 12 or older, according to 2012 data. At around 8 percent, 18- to 25-year-olds also have the highest rate of illegal drug dependence or abuse among persons aged 12 or older. People ages 26

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Resources for Reporting on Domestic Violence

11/01/2014 by Fatimah Waseem

Basic Facts: *One in three women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. *Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. It is most common among women between ages 18 and 24, according to the NCADV. *85 percent of domestic violence victims are

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Resources for Reporting on Homeless Veterans

11/01/2014 by Fatimah Waseem

Basic Facts: Veterans account for 12 percent of the homeless adult population, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. 68 percent live in principal cities and 32 percent live in suburban or rural areas, the NCHV says. 51 percent of homeless veterans have disabilities and 70 percent have substance abuse problems, the NCHV says.

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Resources for Reporting on Urban Homelessness

11/01/2014 by Zoe King

Basic Facts: Major cities accounted for slightly under half of all homeless individuals, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Forty-three percent of homeless people in families were located in major cities. Major cities sheltered high percentage of homeless people in families, according to HUD. Los Angeles experienced the largest increase

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Resources for Reporting on Child Abuse, Trauma and Prevention

11/01/2014 by Aysha Khan

Basic Facts: Child abuse reports are steadily declining. 15 percent of sexual assault and rape victims are below the age of 12. In 2009, more than 3 million children were reported as potential victims of maltreatment. There were an estimated 1,770 fatal victims in the same year. More than 80 percent of these children were

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Resources for Reporting on Parenting in Poverty

11/01/2014 by Aysha Khan

Basic Facts: Childcare and parenting education programs are often barred to poor families. Cost as well as lack of access of transportation and childcare inhibit low-income parents’ participation. Wealthy judges are often out of touch with poor parents’ issues: “...a lot of what gets called neglect is really, at base, poverty without more.” Low income

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Resources for Reporting on Rural Poverty

11/01/2014 by Aysha Khan

Basic Facts: 15 percent of rural Americans are living in poverty, a rate higher than the national average of 13 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Rural minorities have higher poverty rates than urban minorities, according to the Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit organization that supports affordable housing in rural areas. Rural African

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Resources for Reporting on Transgender Issues

11/01/2014 by Zoe King

Basic Facts: An estimated 2-5% of the population is transgender. Transgender people face discrimination in accessing health care, including emergency medical attention. A National Transgender Discrimination Survey found the prevalence of suicide attempts for transgender or gender non-conforming is 50 percent.



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