Charissa Koh

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

Outsmarting sex traffickers

Human Trafficking | Nonprofits and law enforcement get a boost from technology
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/08/19, 03:47 pm

In the same Dallas offices once used by, the defunct classified ad site notorious for enabling human trafficking, former elite intelligence officers work to dismantle the sex trade. They work for DeliverFund, a nonprofit organization that keeps the largest database of information on sex traffickers and shares it with 35 police departments across the country.

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Associated Press/Photo by Kathy Willens

White collar kingpins

Compassion | Pharmaceutical company charged in opioid crisis
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/01/19, 05:24 pm

The U.S. government last week filed the first federal criminal charges against a major drug corporation for its role in the opioid crisis. The move is a major step toward holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for starting the national health crisis, but it will take more than charges against drugmakers to bring the full-blown catastrophe under control.

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Associated Press/Photo by Blake Gumprecht/The Las Cruces Sun-News

Barr bashed for basic immigration move

Compassion | New stance on bond for asylum-seekers was more procedural than political
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/24/19, 03:04 pm

Critics of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy said Attorney General William Barr’s decision last week not to allow bail for some detained asylum-seekers trampled the rights of immigrants.

“Our Constitution does not allow the government to lock up asylum seekers without basic due process,” the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted after Barr announced the move April 16. “We’ll see the administration in court. Again.”

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