Sophia Lee

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

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Crying out to Jesus

Faith & Inspiration | Hardship and grief taught Keanakay Scott to turn to God in prayer
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/22/19, 04:38 pm

I first met Keanakay Scott this past January at a transitional housing shelter in Los Angeles. At the time, she had just scored a two-bedroom apartment in South Central LA through Section 8, a program that subsidizes housing for low-income tenants. She was giddy with excitement: “It’s weird! I haven’t had my own place in ... in ... in forever!” 

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Getting educated on immigration

Immigration | The border crisis is complicated, but even people who disagree about policy can keep learning
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/14/19, 05:31 pm

My first-ever visit to a jail-like setting took place during an October 2015 trip to Thailand, where I met with Christian Pakistani refugees.

There, at an immigration detention center in Bangkok, I met Arbab. At the time, he was 21, with soft brown eyes and an innocent smile. His dark, curly bangs and beard covered his face because he couldn’t cut them while in detention. He’d been stuck in a cell for more than six months, with no contact with his family and no money to pay bail. 

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Fatherless and homeless

Homelessness | Too many kids in the foster system end up on the streets once they reach adulthood
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/10/19, 02:03 pm

When Keanakay Scott moved into her first apartment after aging out of foster care, nobody had taught her that she needed to pay rent every month. She assumed her first check would cover that expense. Less than two months later, she received an eviction notice.

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