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Ken Schwencke

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Ken Schwencke is a journalist and developer on ProPublica’s news apps team, covering hate crimes and white supremacist movements. Previously, he worked on The New York Times’ interactive news team and the Los Angeles Times data desk.

How North Carolina’s Early Voting Changes Affect Voters

Residents of poor and rural counties have to drive farther than others to get to the polls during early balloting. Our map lets you explore the data.

How Well Are Your Elections Run?

Election Day is only weeks away. Find out how — and how well — your county or town handles election administration.

Video: For Trans People, It’s Difficult and Costly to Update an ID. But It Can Also Be Dangerous Not To.

A confusing web of state policies determine if and how a trans person can update their IDs. And not doing so can increase the risk of discrimination and violence.

Deadnamed

The way cops in Jacksonville and other jurisdictions investigate the murders of transgender women adds insult to injury and may be delaying justice.

Have You Had Problems Changing Your Name or Gender Marker?

We’re investigating the barriers transgender and gender-nonconforming people face in changing their name or gender marker on government-issued IDs.

The Immigrant Children’s Shelters Near You

We found 100 facilities holding immigrant children and have mapped 79 of them. Help us find out more about the facilities and the children being held there.

Estos son los centros con niños inmigrantes que están cerca de ti

Hemos encontrado 100 instalaciones donde están los menores inmigrantes y hemos mapeado 79 de ellas. Ayúdanos a descubrir más sobre los centros y albergues y sobre los niños que están en ellos.

Reporting Recipe: Investigating Your Police Department’s Handling of Hate Crime Reports

We found inconsistencies in how local law enforcement agencies across the country report hate crimes to the federal government. Here’s how you can use the data to report local stories.

Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI relies on local law enforcement agencies to identify and report crimes motivated by bias, but many agencies fumble this task.

Hate Crime Training for Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

Only a fraction of bias crimes ever get reported. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted. Perhaps the widespread lack of training for frontline officers has something to do with that.

This Is Where Hate Crimes Don’t Get Reported

FBI statistics on hate crimes remain frustratingly inadequate. Here are some of the jurisdictions where low or nonexistent reporting leave us with known unknowns.

Spurned by Major Companies, The Daily Stormer Returns to the Web With Help From a Startup

The 20-year-old founder of BitMitigate said he had taken on the neo-Nazi website because he believes in free speech and because, “I thought it would really get my service out there.”

Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet

The web services company Cloudflare appears to have ended its relationship with the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

Confusion, Fear, Cynicism: Why People Don’t Report Hate Incidents

The Matthew Shepard Foundation has been trying to learn more about why so many victims of potential hate crimes — more than 50 percent annually according to the feds — don’t file complaints with the authorities.

Preferential Rents in NYC

Newly released data shows ZIP codes where rents could suddenly jump for rent-stabilized apartments.

More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

The gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred.

Internet Company That Does Business With Hate Sites Alters Complaint Policies

Cloudflare, a major content delivery company, responds to concerns about the safety of those who object to disturbing material on the web.

How One Major Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web

Cloudflare, a prominent San Francisco outfit, provides services to neo-Nazi sites like The Daily Stormer, including giving them personal information on people who complain about their content.

A 2-for-1 for Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, and Revel in the News Coverage

White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

Across the Country, Reports of Swastika Graffiti

Browse examples of anti-Semitic graffiti collected as part of our “Documenting Hate” project.

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