Trump's organization did business with Iranian bank later linked to terrorism

Trump’s organization did business with Iranian bank later linked to terrorism

Published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity, October 3, 2016 By Sasha Chavkin, Michael Hudson and Dave Levinthal Donald Trump’s real estate organization rented New York office space from 1998 to 2003 to an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist...
How the World Bank Broke its Promise to Protect the Poor

How the World Bank Broke its Promise to Protect the Poor

Published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, April 16, 2015 By Sasha Chavkin, Ben Hallman, Michael Hudson, Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Shane Shifflett Beneath a gloomy white sky, more than 100 armed police poured into the slum of Badia East in the teeming megacity of Lagos, Nigeria. As they advanced,...
Mystery in the Fields

Mystery in the Fields

By Sasha Chavkin Center for Public Integrity – September 17, 2012 SANDAMALGAMA, Sri Lanka — In this tiny Sri Lankan village, rice farmer Wimal Rajaratna sits cross-legged on a wooden bed, peering out toward lush palm trees that surround his home. Listless and weak, the 46-year old father of two...
Island of the Widows

Island of the Widows

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene Center for Public Integrity – December 12, 2011 LA ISLA, Nicaragua — Maudiel Martinez is 19 years old and has a shy smile, a tangle of curly black hair and a lean, muscular build shaped by years of work in the sugarcane fields. For...
Women Ride in Back on Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus Line

Women Ride in Back on Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus Line

By Sasha Chavkin The New York World – October 18, 2011   On the morning of October 12, Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 bus in Brooklyn and sat down near the front. For a few minutes she was left in silence, although the other passengers gave her a noticeably wide...
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State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

By Sasha Chavkin Published by WNYC and The New York World, January 16, 2013 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s Morning Edition In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid. But he does not appear...

Snow Job?

By Sasha Chavkin Published by the Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2012 issue Side by side, the two cartoon figures stride across the screen, their stick arms wrapped around massive boxes of gifts. Mischievous music tinkles in the background and a bemused narrator—his words punctuated by comic sound effects—tells a tale of petty corruption by Colorado...
NYC Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants

NYC Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants

By Sasha Chavkin Aired on WNYC, November 26, 2012 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s Morning Edition Benito rarely emerges from the sushi bar where he works preparing fish and meat, and making deliveries on a small white motorbike, before the middle of the night. He considers ten, eleven or even twelve hours of work...
Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers

Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers

By Sasha Chavkin Published by ProPublica and the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2012 The Education Department enacted a crucial reform on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, issuing new rules earlier this month that make it easier for these borrowers to get their federal student loans forgiven. The rules, which the department has...
Sasha Chavkin Talks to NBC About Mystery Kidney Disease

Sasha Chavkin Talks to NBC About Mystery Kidney Disease

By the Center for Public Integrity, published October 15, 2012 Watch Sasha Chavkin speaking to NBC News, October 15 NBCnews.com interviewed journalist Sasha Chavkin about a mysterious kidney disease that’s killing rural workers in Nicarauga. Chavkin traveled to Central America, India and Sri Lanka to write about the condition, those suffering from it and the...
Mystery in the Fields Wins Sidney Award

Mystery in the Fields Wins Sidney Award

By the Sidney Hillman Foundation, published October 10, 2012 The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today that Sasha Chavkin, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Ronnie Greene of the Center for Public Integrity have won the October Sidney Award for “Mystery in the Fields,” an international investigation into a mystery kidney disease killing young farm workers in India,...
How New York Immigration Courts are Upending a Federal Crackdown

How New York Immigration Courts are Upending a Federal Crackdown

By Sasha Chavkin Published by Capital New York and The New York World, Sept. 27, 2012 From behind the bench of her small courtroom on lower Broadway, Judge Terry Bain began to read. In the second row of the gallery a young Chinese man in a white button-down shirt watched her carefully, his expression blank....
Sasha Chavkin Discusses Mystery Kidney Epidemics with The New York Times

Sasha Chavkin Discusses Mystery Kidney Epidemics with The New York Times

By Sruthi Gottipati The New York Times – September 17, 2012   A mysterious illness plagues dozens of villages in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a report published today by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news group based in Washington. The disease, a type of chronic kidney ailment, has...
Sasha Chavkin Discusses Identity Theft at the Altar on WNYC

Sasha Chavkin Discusses Identity Theft at the Altar on WNYC

By WNYC Newsroom WNYC – August 15, 2012 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s All Things Considered, August 15 The scheme works like this: someone steals your identity, and uses it to get married to an undocumented immigrant for money. Then, when you are ready to get married, you can’t, because you already are. The...
You May Now Switch the Bride

You May Now Switch the Bride

By Sasha Chavkin – The New York World, August 10, 2012 On a sunny spring day almost 15 years ago, Stephanie Diaz and her fiancé decided it was time to get married. They drove from the Bronx to the New York City clerk’s office, a high-ceilinged marble hall in downtown Manhattan, to get a license...
Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

By Sasha Chavkin – ProPublica, July 19, 2012 The Education Department proposed new rules on Tuesday to revamp its troubled program for forgiving the federal student loans of borrowers who become disabled. The new regulations came after an investigation last year by ProPublica found that the department’s dysfunctional system for evaluating disability was keeping many...
Costa Rica to Study Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugarcane Workers

Costa Rica to Study Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugarcane Workers

Center for Public Integrity – February 6, 2012 The Costa Rican government has launched a study into the causes of chronic kidney disease in its sugarcane producing northern region. At the same time one of the country’s biggest sugar producers said it is revamping its worker health and safety policies. The steps follow an investigation...