Mina Dixon said: Philadelphia's streets are saturated with illegal guns that mostly teens and young men buy.
Mina Dixon said: For children who become wards of the state when their parents are detained or deported, reunification can be difficult, if not impossible.
Mina Dixon said: Nacirema McFarlane, 19, is a survivor of child abuse and neglect. She's focused on her future and hopes to one day help youth who age out of foster care.
Mina Dixon said: Two bomb blasts rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy.
Mina Dixon said: Food activists hope they can reclaim the lost history of marginalized farmers and encourage communities of color to claim ownership of their land and food.
Mina Dixon said: Armed ICE agents burst into Adriana Leon's bedroom in the predawn hours of February 20, 2007. Six years later, a class-action suit brought by Leon requires ICE to change policy on home raids.
Mina Dixon said: In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, school districts across the country are considering placing more police officers in schools. Youth advocates warn that an increased police presence could result in a surge in misdemeanor charges against students for misbehavior best handled in the principal's office.
Mina Dixon said: Across the U.S., there are about 700 refugee foster kids: kids from war-torn regions, many suffering from trauma. In the District, 19-year-old Caroline, originally from the Congo, is getting used to life with her foster mom in Petworth.
Mina Dixon said: In the U.S., undocumented immigrants are not entitled to a public defender--even when they are unaccompanied children. These children have no one to help them make the case that they should not be deported.
Mina Dixon said: Public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner say lead poisoning continues to threaten many Americans, particularly children.