‘The Long Journey Home’ sparks conversation on Latino migration

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.

Investigating U-visas and domestic violence visas

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.”

Investigating work visas: H-1B, H-2A and H-2B

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.