Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD.


Learning the language of compassion

Marriage | Lauris Shepherd dedicated his life to discipling men, but compassionately leading his family was a different challenge (Fifth in a series on long marriages)
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/10/19, 01:44 pm

Lauris Shepherd was serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia when he first discovered the Navigators, an interdenominational Christian discipleship ministry. Later he reconnected with the group after moving to San Diego to teach math at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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A chance at life

Law | Embryo adoptions are increasingly popular thanks in part to a government grant created by an unlikely senator
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/10/19, 01:23 pm

The first “snowflake baby” was born in 1998. Hannah Strege, conceived in a petri dish and placed into frozen storage for two years, had been implanted as an embryo into the womb of Marlene Strege. The two were not biologically related, but Marlene had chosen to adopt this embryo with the help of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, a group that coined the term “snowflake babies” to describe the more than 100,000 frozen embryos then stored at fertility clinics across the United States.

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Sex trafficking in the post-Backpage era

Compassion | Online prostitution ads have gone down, but the ones that remain have also gone dark
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/02/19, 04:58 pm

Since the federal government enacted a law to fight sex trafficking online, the predictions of one Oregon congressman who opposed the measure appear to have come true.

“The bill passed today by the House will make it harder to catch bad actors and protect victims by driving this vile crime to shadowy corners of society that are harder for law enforcement to reach,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in February 2018.

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