J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a former reporter and editor for WORLD.


Fostering changes

Adoption | Trump administration efforts are starting to mend a foster care system that has been in crisis for years
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 8/25/20, 09:35 pm

Trent Taylor’s earliest childhood memories involve trauma. His biological mother left him crying in a swing for hours. His parents regularly allowed an uncle to babysit, even after they knew he was sexually abusing Trent and his siblings. 

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Illustration by Daniel Baxter

The complexities of the past

Q&A | Pay attention to racial history—but be skeptical about the 1619 Project
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 8/12/20, 01:29 pm

Allen Guelzo, an American historian and Princeton University professor, is the author of more than a dozen books and winner of both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for books on America’s 16th president. Here are edited excerpts of our recent conversation on the 1619 Project—coming soon to a school near you—and the history of race in America. 

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Child separation back in focus after federal personnel changes

Immigration | Shake-up at key HHS office causes some to question whether hard-line policy will return
by J.C. Derrick & Harvest Prude
Posted 4/27/20, 04:13 pm

Last month, late on Friday the 13th, as coronavirus chaos erupted across the United States, a rumor started circulating in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): a leadership change was coming—and soon. 

With almost no notice, the White House reassigned ORR Director Jonathan Hayes, a man several people told me was the best leader the office ever had. His staff was in shock—and even some tears. 

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