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Joaquin Sapien

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Since joining ProPublica in May 2008, reporter Joaquin Sapien has delved into criminal justice, military health care, and environmental issues. In 2010 he partnered with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to produce an award-winning series of stories about contaminated drywall. In 2009 he was part of a team whose work on natural gas drilling won the Society of Professional Journalists award for online non-deadline investigative reporting. From 2005 until 2008 he was a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, where he led a yearlong investigative project, “Superfund’s Toxic Legacy,” which received the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists award for non-deadline online reporting. Before joining CPI, Sapien wrote for Environmental Media Services.

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‘The 100th Nail in the Coffin’ for Integration in Westchester County

The Trump administration ended a yearslong battle over fair housing, but the promise to end segregation was broken long before that.

The Breakthrough: Reporting on Life and Death in the Delivery Room

ProPublica reporter Nina Martin and her team used social media and old-fashioned shoe leather to show how the U.S. has the worst maternal death rate in the developed world.

On Rikers Island, a Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble

Inmates in a new secure housing unit risk harm while shackled to desks, according to a New York City Board of Corrections report.

The Breakthrough: A Reporter Crosses Borders to Uncover Labor Abuse

ProPublica’s Michael Grabell travels from the heart of Ohio to the mountains of Guatemala to track down immigrant workers harmed in American poultry plants.

The Breakthrough: Uncovering NYC Cops Making Millions in Suspicious Deals

On our first episode of this season’s The Breakthrough, we talk with WNYC’s Robert Lewis tells us how his reporting triggered an internal investigation of suspicious dealings made by active-duty New York police officers.

In a Lonely Corner of Coney Island, a Fight Over Care for the Vulnerable

Life at Oceanview Manor Home for Adults is at the center of the latest court battle involving the New York State Department of Health.

Millions for New York Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

The award of $4.5 million by New York state is just part of a claim by a man who spent more than two decades in prison based on a dishonest prosecution.

Independent Monitor Faults New York State for Delays in Aiding Mentally Ill

A court-ordered plan to move residents from notorious group homes produces backlogs and concern over state’s commitment to help thousands of mentally ill.

California Group Home Liable for Millions in Case of Abused Boy

A jury hit FamiliesFirst, one of California’s largest mental health care providers, for neglect and fraud.

Federal Judge Sees New York State Conspiracy to Thwart Care for Mentally Ill

The judge who oversaw landmark case involving troubled homes for the mentally ill sends word to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that state’s efforts to undermine care must end.

New York Parents in Custody Fights Lack Right to See Expert Reports

One state legislator is again pushing a bill that would grant parents the legal right to see the expert evaluations judges use to decide custody and other cases.

We Want Your Thoughts on Our Podcast

We recently relaunched our podcast, in which journalists tell us how they nailed their biggest stories. Now we want to hear from you.

For New York Families in Custody Fights, a ‘Black Hole’ of Oversight

Critics say a state office’s professed inability to review the work of mental health experts in Family and Matrimonial Court leaves children at risk.

Did Jury in Etan Patz Murder Case Receive Improper Information?

Lawyers for man convicted in case of notorious missing boy to seek hearing on report of jury contamination.

The Breakthrough: Reporters Examine Murder Where Cops Struggle to Curb It

Podcast: How a team of New York Times reporters chronicled every homicide in a Bronx precinct and what they learned about policing.

The Breakthrough: How a Reporter Solved a Decades-Old Murder

Podcast: The 1962 murder of Mary Horton was one of the oldest cold cases in U.S. history. Then reporter Jerry Mitchell started digging into it.

Dysfunction Disorder

NYC paid millions for flawed mental health reports. Family court judges relied on them routinely. Parents and children lived with the consequences.

Uncommon Contract Holds Promise for California Group Home’s Too Familiar Ills

Better wages and added money for schooling could stabilize staff and improve care at large San Francisco home for vulnerable children.

Call in Congress for Family Court Reform

The briefing will explore the need to better protect victims of domestic violence in custody cases.

Inside an International Court of Money and Mystery

Podcast: BuzzFeed’s Chris Hamby tells us how he dug into the murky world of global dispute resolution court.
Joaquin Sapien
Read Joaquin Sapien's e-book, Missing: A Boy and the Evidence Against His Accused Killer, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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