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Human Trafficking: Modern slavery in California

California leads the nation with cases of human trafficking in 2018. Everyone is at risk regardless of background, sex, age or race. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Itzin Alpizar

November 14, 2018

At 18 and 19 years old, a couple struggled to find work in Boston. One day they found a Craigslist ad for work in Sacramento. They called the number and a man offered them an opportunity they couldn't resist. The man added that if they didn't like the job, he would get them tickets back to Boston. ...

Honor society, Muslim Student Association partner to help refugees

The Phi Theta Kappa

Hannah Darden

November 28, 2016

The Phi Theta Kappa honor society has partnered with the Muslim Student Association at ARC to create “Welcoming Arms,” a support project providing care packages and clothing kits for Syrian refugee families in San Diego. The students are working with the Syrian Community Network in San Diego to...

Faces of war

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

November 3, 2015

The original version of this story spelled Hamed Hafezy's first name with an i in stead of with an e. Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many America...

Faces of war: Hamed Hafezy

American River College student Hamid Hafezy, who was born and raised in the Herat Province in western Afghanistan, left the region under threat of death by the Taliban. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

John Ferrannini

November 3, 2015

The original version of this story spelled Hamed Hafezy's first name with an i in stead of with an e. When he first set foot in the United States, Hamed Hafezy thought he had a full ride scholarship at Kent State University in Ohio and could put years of struggle in Afghanistan behind him. D...

Faces of war: Mahjabeen Zazai

American River College student Mahjabeen Zazai sits with the lesson plans she used when she taught English in her native country of Afghanistan. Zazai graduated from high school in Afghanistan at the age of 15. (Photo by John Ferrannini)

Matthew Peirson and Cheyenne Drury

November 3, 2015

By Matthew Peirson and Cheyenne Drury Six years after she was shot in a random attack by an unidentified gunman, American River College student Mahjabeen Zazai and her mother were moved in 2011 from Pakistan to the United States through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). South Asia has bee...

Sacramento a gathering spot for refugees seeking new opportunity

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 3, 2015

Sacramento has become a large gathering spot for people fleeing from war during the last 20 years. Nearly 30,000 refugees have resettled in Sacramento County from 1995 through 2014, according to the California Department of Social Services. Karen Ferguson, the executive director of the Internation...

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