Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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A broken system

Poverty | Supporting those struggling to escape poverty can be a blessing for Christians
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/06/20, 01:46 pm

Since I started reporting on homelessness three years ago, I’ve been learning a lot about poverty—who it affects, why it happens, and how it keeps someone there for a long, long time. One common thread I’ve seen among people experiencing homelessness is a lack of social support. Without consistent, empowering, dignity-giving help, it’s almost impossible for someone to lift themselves out of poverty, because the entire system works against them.

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Border blowback

Immigration | The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is taking a toll on the agents who patrol it
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/27/20, 02:04 pm

When someone from U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) first tried to recruit him at a mall, Chris Cabrera said he didn’t know what a Border Patrol agent was. “It’s like playing hide-and-go-seek every day,” the recruiter said. You spend most of your 10-hour shift outside—in the grasslands, the desert, the mountains, on foot, four-wheelers, boats, and horses, catching people who cross illegally.

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No simple solutions

Mental Illness | The problem of homelessness involves much more than a lack of housing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/20/20, 01:58 pm

Last week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson came to my city to discuss Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis with Mayor Eric Garcetti. While in L.A., Carson bused down to South L.A. to visit an accessory dwelling unit (secondary housing in a single-family unit’s backyard) as one possible solution. The Trump administration has criticized California for having excessive red tape that makes it harder to develop new housing but hasn’t offered many strategies to address California’s housing and homeless crisis other than to remove regulatory barriers. 

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