Effective Compassion
Associated Press/Photo by Mark Humphrey (file)

Juveniles, justice, and Jesus

Compassion | Cyntoia Brown-Long talks about her conversion in prison and her new life as a free woman
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/06/19, 04:42 pm

Since leaving the Tennessee Prison for Women after 15 years, Cyntoia Brown-Long has had to adjust to things like buying personal items and riding in cars. “Ugh, why are tissues so expensive?” she said in a phone interview. Her husband calls her a back-seat driver, but after 15 years of rarely being in cars, she gets nervous on every ride.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Salvador Melendez

Curbing migration at the source

Effective Compassion | U.S. resumes aid to Central American countries that promise immigration changes
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/30/19, 03:53 pm

U.S. aid dollars have made a difference in El Salvador. Up until this past spring, multiple U.S. departments were funding programs to prevent violence in schools, stop illegal drug trafficking, teach agricultural techniques, and increase government transparency. The U.S.

Read more

Photo by Charissa Koh

Open streets

Compassion | Cities with large homeless populations debate public camping rules
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/16/19, 04:40 pm

AUSTIN, Texas—In the downtown area of the Texas capital, the Colorado River flows beside a walking trail near the newly constructed Central Library and offices for Google, Facebook, and other tech companies. Students from the nearby University of Texas campus and young professionals walk dogs or ride electric scooters past construction sites and health food restaurants. And from nearly every street corner, passersby can also observe the city’s growing homeless population.

Read more