Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Checking in on police reform

Compassion | What has changed since the summer’s protests?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/14/20, 04:18 pm

In mid-June, protesters marched through the streets of New Orleans calling for the city to defund the police department and shift the money to social services. Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson responded by reviewing reforms his department had made in the last decade.

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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary rejects building renaming bid

Higher Education | The seminary’s board of trustees voted unanimously to retain the names of founders on its college and facilities, despite links to slavery
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/14/20, 11:23 am

Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) voted on Monday to keep its founders’ names on seminary buildings, despite accusations from some black Southern Baptists that doing so celebrates slaveholders.

SBTS trustees had gathered virtually for their annual fall meeting and addressed whether to remove the names of the seminary’s founders from buildings on campus and the undergraduate school. Some Southern Baptists have been calling for the change: The seminary’s founders were slaveholders and active supporters of the Confederacy.

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U.S. lowers its refugee ceiling

Compassion | The Trump administration sets admissions at just 15,000 for next year
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/07/20, 04:57 pm

Kree Paw heard her mother’s stories of hiding from oppressive Burmese soldiers in the country’s thick jungles. Paw, 28, grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her mother described fleeing their village in Burma, also known as Myanmar, each time soldiers came through.

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