Flora boarded a red-eye flight from San Francisco to Atlanta earlier this month to attend a hearing that her attorney feared would be futile for both her and the U.S. government. Flora, a 19-year-old Mayan Mam woman who struggles to walk because of a disability she and her attorney said was caused by persecution in Guatemala, flew more than 2,000 miles to report in front of an immigration judge with a recent 95.8% asylum denial rate. The immigration court didn’t provide an interpreter who spoke her regional dialect, so Flora couldn't even express herself. Trump Unhappy With Special Counsel's Comments on Obstruction "I never thought that I would suffer," Flora told NBC through an interpreter. "I never thought I would feel sad or frustrated in front of a U.S. judge." When Flora arrived in Georgia for her May 17 hearing, she could at least wait with her attorney Alexandra Bachan at a cafe instead of at Irwin County Detention Center, a local detention facility where … [Read more...] about For Asylum Seekers, Due Process Is Hard to Find
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Produced by Josh Yager [This story previous aired on June 3, 2017. It was updated on Feb. 23, 2019] Nicole Lovell, 13, may have thought she was communicating with a friend on the Kik chat app. Instead, she may have found her killer. With a few swipes on her smartphone, Lovell became a victim of the occasionally dangerous world of anonymous online friending, where predators hunt for victims by using fake names and profiles. "48 Hours" investigates the murder of Nicole Lovell, the case against an unusual suspect and his unlikely accomplice, and the hidden dangers of connecting online. "It's no longer a situation where you worry about your child meeting a stranger in the park," says Pamela Casey, District Attorney in Blount County, Ala., tells correspondent Peter Van Sant. "You really need to worry about the stranger your child's meeting on the phone you gave them for Christmas. This is the new crime of our time." Tammy Weeks [at her daughter's grave]: Every morning … I … [Read more...] about Nicole Lovell murder: Was a Virginia teen lured to her death through a smartphone app?
By Teri Sforza | PUBLISHED: December 30, 2018 at 5:32 am | UPDATED: December 30, 2018 at 5:32 am Not so long ago, heroin had its hooks in her. Her first baby, now a 1-year-old toddler, was swept into state custody in 2017. Her next baby was due at the end of 2018. Tahtiana R. fiddled with the sheaf of papers on the conference table before her — writing assignments from the Mariposa Center, where she received counseling to help her accept, and transcend, a painful past. She has done time in jail. She has been homeless. She has been “red-flagged” by California’s child protection system and, despite the warmth of the Casa Teresa emergency shelter for women that was now home, she felt gnawing anxiety. What would happen at the hospital when she delivered? Would she be granted that precious, skin-to-skin contact with her baby? Would she be allowed the intimacy of nursing, of gazing into her newborn’s eyes? Or would social workers whisk her baby away? When … [Read more...] about Born on drugs: For moms trying to keep kids and stay sober, they’re at the mercy of Child Protective Services
Produced by Liza Finley and Ryan Smith [This story previously aired on July 16, 2016. It was updated on Dec. 8, 2018 ] "I feel the FBI and every other law enforcement agency underestimated me," Dorothy Lee Barnett tells correspondent Maureen Maher. In 1994, Barnett was in the midst of a bitter divorce with then-husband Harris Todd. One day she and the couple's 11-month-old daughter, Savanna, vanished. The disappearance launched an international search for Barnett and Savanna that didn't end until she was arrested in Queensland, Australia, in 2013. The case, which "48 Hours" has been covering since 1999, raises significant questions about parental child abduction, the issues that emerge in a bitter divorce, and what penalties should be leveled on a parent who flees with a child after losing a custody case. When Barnett fled her home in Charleston, S.C., she headed to Europe, where she spent time in Germany, France, then Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana and Australia. … [Read more...] about Dear Savanna: Mother at center of international manhunt speaks out to “48 Hours”
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women