Civic Journalism

5280 Health | January 2017

The Nurses Helping Survivors Of Sexual Assault

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Illustration by Naftali Beder
Specially trained nurses offer the best medical attention to this vulnerable population. So why does only one hospital in the state of Colorado make these professionals part of its regular staff?
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5280 | November 2016

Why Does Our Legal System Still Put Kids In Chains?

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Illustration by Curt Merlo
Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have stopped using restraints on juveniles. Colorado isn’t one of them.
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5280 | November 2015

Our Town: Homelessness In Denver

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Photo by Terry Ratzlaff
Tonight, more than 6,000 people in the metro area won’t have homes of their own to sleep in. Even more are on the verge of homelessness because of rising housing costs and a surging population. Think it couldn’t happen to you?
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5280 | September 2015

The Canyon Of Why

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Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi
Stigma, silence, and fear have long dominated the issue of suicide. None of these will help reduce Colorado’s tragically high rate. But as I learned by working through my own family’s tragedy, the voices of those who have survived just might.
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5280 | April 2014

The Girls Next Door

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Illustration by Frank Stockton
In 2012, President Barack Obama said the fight against human trafficking was “one of the great human rights causes of our time.” So why are so many Colorado children still being exploited?
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5280 | April 2013

Essay: Coming To America

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The road to U.S. citizenship is long—but it’s worth the drive.
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5280 | September 2011

Essay: Keeping The Faith

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Illustration by Rachell Sumpter
How the annual arrival of Rosh Hashanah and other holidays enriches my relationship with Judaism.
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5280 | March 2011

Two Steps Back: The Cliff Effect

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Illustration by Mario Wagner
Why women working in low-income jobs are turning down raises and promotions to keep their families afloat.
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