The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent, nonprofit newsroom devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy.
As part of its coverage, The Midwest Center has both sponsored and partnered on several important events. Here is a collection of the special events where the newsroom has been involved.
Join the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and a panel of experts for a free community conversation on Thursday, August 24 at the Champaign Public Library about irrigation in Illinois, current regulations, and what it means for the future of farming as the state’s shifting climate becomes less predictable.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting was part of a two-hour event focused on the Latino migration to central Illinois on Sept. 29, 2015. The event, “The Long Journey Home: The Story of Latino Migration into Central Illinois,” was the second installment of an Illinois Humanities’ series. CU-CitizenAccess.org, Illinois Public Media and the University of Illinois College of Media also helped host the event, which took place at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Ill.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting hosted the “Covering the U.S. Visa System in Your Own Backyard” workshop April 10 – 12. Workshop events took place at Columbia College in Chicago, and speakers included veteran reporters and legal experts. Here’s a summary of the first workshop event.
Each year, thousands of people are allowed to stay in the United States under special visas because they are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or criminal activity. Nubia Willman, a staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, spoke extensively about the U-visas and T-visas at this month’s Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting’s workshop, “Covering the U.S. visa system in your own backyard.”
Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez, supervisory attorney for the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project, discussed the most common work visas in the United States during his session a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting workshop on April 11. During his presentation, he also summarized one powerful example of system abuse when a migrant laborer died.