From Yvette Cabrera for Voice of OC: Hundreds, if not thousands, of children have been turned over by probation departments across California to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed in deportation proceedings. In doing so, some probation officers have violated the privacy and legal rights of the children, broken up families and put children and families in limbo, sometimes ...

From Allyn Gaestel for Al Jazeera America, homes for the poor burn to the ground in Lagos as luxury apartments and commercial districts take their place. In extreme cases, impoverished residents have been murdered; thugs are blamed but long time residents suspect a connection with the real estate developments that are pushing them out. Photo credit: Allyn Gaestel ...

From Christian Locka for Info-Afrique, the story of private contractors hired to conduct raids to collect taxes.  Local vendors complain the tactics used are illegal and the money collected does not improve roads or schools in Cameroon. Photo credit: Christian Locka ...

From Kwabena Adu Korenteng for NewsGhana, the story of polluted waters caused by the dumping of toxic waste and human excrement. The pollution threatens the health of four million people who rely on the River Densu for basic drinking water. Photo credit: Alex Bentil ...

(Washington) – The deadline for applying for a reporting grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is approaching. Apply by September 21, at 5pm Eastern time, to be considered in the next round of grant-making. The September deadline marks the last round of 2015. The following application deadline will be Monday, February 1, 2016. FIJ makes grants to independent ...

From Colleen Kimmett for In These Times, an investigation of  post-Katrina New Orleans schools. Under new management, most New Orleans public schools are now charter schools. The schools operated by the state-run Recovery School District represent the first all-charter district in the nation. The results so far? Graduation rates are up. Test scores are up. But discipline is strict, leading ...