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Report: Battling Discrimination Against Micronesians Requires Policy Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Battling Discrimination Against Micronesians Requires Policy Changes

The Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission says these migrants should receive access to Medicaid and other benefits they are now denied.

The US Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The US Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island

The historic World War II site is on the front lines again as part of an expanded U.S. missile defense system.

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction Jessica Terrell / Civil Beat

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction

After the charging of a prominent Arizona adoption attorney in three states for multiple offenses, authorities say more actions are coming.

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges maricopa.gov

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges

Paul Petersen, an Arizona attorney who was the focus of a Honolulu Civil Beat investigation, is the target of a multi-state investigation.

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions

Maki Takehisa, identified as a fixer in a Civil Beat investigation last year, worked with an Arizona attorney to arrange black market adoptions.

Trump Administration Backs Off From Restricting Driver’s Licenses For Micronesians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Administration Backs Off From Restricting Driver’s Licenses For Micronesians

Update: The Consul General of the Federated States of Micronesia in Honolulu said that policy had created “tremendous hardship” for Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.

‘From Something To Nothing’: Life In Saipan After Super Typhoon Yutu

‘From Something To Nothing’: Life In Saipan After Super Typhoon Yutu

Thousands are still homeless and some have left the Northern Mariana Islands after the most powerful storm of 2018 devastated the U.S. commonwealth.

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions

A lawsuit by a Kentucky couple alleges that an Arkansas attorney offered to fly a Marshallese birth mother to the U.S. despite a treaty that bars such travel

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked

Adoption advocates, hospital workers, even judges are at a loss when it comes to stopping illegal adoptions that are delivering babies from the Marshall Islands to U.S. families.

After Super Typhoon Yutu, Many Left Without Federal Disaster Aid Courtesy of Leni Leon

After Super Typhoon Yutu, Many Left Without Federal Disaster Aid

Non-citizens without green cards — including citizens of Micronesian nations and temporary workers — are excluded from federal disaster cash assistance.

United Airlines Food Service Workers Vote To Unionize Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

United Airlines Food Service Workers Vote To Unionize

Many of the workers in Honolulu are Pacific Islanders who rely on flight benefits to avoid paying for expensive trips back home to Micronesia.

Many Chuukese Immigrants Fear Losing Their Legal Status In The US Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Many Chuukese Immigrants Fear Losing Their Legal Status In The US

In a Pacific version of “Brexit,” residents of Chuuk plan to vote in March on seceding from the Federated States of Micronesia.