Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Caring for detained immigrants

Compassion | The United States responds to COVID-19 outbreaks in holding centers
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/22/20, 04:14 pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Salomon Diego Alonzo in August 2019 along with nearly 700 other migrant workers at food processing plants in Mississippi. Immigration authorities sent the 26-year-old Guatemalan, who had lived illegally in the United States since 2012, to a detention center in Monroe, La., where he stayed in a shared dormitory.

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Customer service

Business | Facing long hours and angry customers, some Christian employees in grocery stores try to be examples of encouragement and calm amid a pandemic
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/09/20, 03:46 pm

Jennie Higgins is a 62-year-old employee at a Costco store near Houston, Texas, where she assists customers in the clothing section. Her husband, Randy, drives trucks to deliver stock to other Costco locations. The couple have worked for the retailer for years, but now, Jennie Higgins said, “We’re considered essential people.”

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Strained sobriety

Compassion | Social distancing and isolation put added pressure on people in recovery
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/08/20, 04:51 pm

Craig Murray, a recovering drug and alcohol addict in Austin, Texas, relapsed once before. While dealing with the stress of multiple jobs, a new marriage, and his wife’s miscarriage, he stopped going to Alcoholics Anonymous and checking in with his sponsor.

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