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Eileen covers juvenile justice for THE CITY and is a Report for America corps member. She was previously an investigative reporter for the Global Migration Project, where her work was featured in The Intercept, The Nation, and Documented. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Eileen was also a 2016 Olympian.

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Staff, Advocates Push for Better Conditions at Youth Jails as Rikers Steals Attention

New York City’s juvenile detention centers are having a "a crisis within [a] crisis," fueled not just by understaffing like the chaos at Rikers Island, but also by an aging, listless population, both youth advocates and staff reps told THE CITY.

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Homeless Youth Would Get an Easier Path to Housing Help, Under City Council Bill 

New Yorkers in youth homeless shelters would finally get credit for time spent there instead of having to enter the chaotic and dangerous adult system to receive housing vouchers.

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Vaccinate Teens Without Parental Consent, City Child Welfare Agency Says

Lawyers for youth and families push back on new policy that allows foster care and juvenile justice homes to give vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds even if mom or dad objects.

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NYPD Gang Database Targeted By City Council Member

Antonio Reynoso proposes bill to ban list of tens of thousands of Black and Latino New Yorkers monitored by police as potential members of criminal crews.

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New School Year Brings New Concerns of Pandemic ‘Educational Neglect’ Child Welfare Probes

Mayor de Blasio tried Wednesday to reassure parents there won’t be a repeat of last year when, as THE CITY revealed, some families were investigated during remote-learning simply because they didn’t have internet or get their city-issued iPads.

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School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

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Afghan New Yorkers Spring Into Action as Humanitarian Crisis Grows

The fall of Kabul has Afghans in New York mobilizing to help their families back home — along with any compatriots who may soon find themselves in the city. Some of the first refugees arrived at Kennedy Airport this week.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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National Battle for Citizenship Path Marches Through New York City

A national alliance of Temporary Protected Status holders sees New York and its politicians as a pressure-point in the fight for citizenship for immigrants temporarily allowed to live and work here due to turmoil in their home countries.

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Biden Expands Protections for Thousands of Haitians in New York and Beyond

The White House is expected Tuesday to boost Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the U.S. amid upheaval sparked by the assassination of the country’s president. One Brooklyn man called the Biden move "a gift from God."