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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Reducing child poverty takes work

Compassion | Government report suggests massive welfare increases that could hurt families in the long run
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/20/19, 04:31 pm

By spending around $100 billion a year, the United States could cut child poverty in half in the next decade. That’s the conclusion of a recent 600-page National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, which offers two expensive options for lifting children out of poverty.

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Growing up in prison

Compassion | Omaha case brings up questions of long sentences for juvenile offenders
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/13/19, 05:42 pm

The sentencing of an Omaha, Neb., teen to decades in prison for murder raises once again the need for rehabilitation options for young people that don’t harden them in prison.

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Migrant children say they were abused in U.S. shelters

Compassion | The Justice Department documents thousands of claims of sexual misconduct
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/06/19, 04:08 pm

Last week, the U.S. government released records showing thousands of reports of sexual abuse of migrant children in U.S. shelters over the last four years. While illegal immigration remains one of the hottest topics in Washington, D.C., and a key priority for President Donald Trump, the data raise real concerns about the safety of children in U.S. custody.

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