Social Work

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Amira Matsuda: The Ambassador

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Amira Matsuda lives with her husband and children in a Plano manse decorated with ornate va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Friend of Unfair Park Bill Holston to Take the Reins at the Human Rights Initiative

    ​There's no need to introduce Bill Holston -- attorney, KERA contributor, nature-trekker -- to longtime Friends of Unfair Park; he's one of the good ones, and has been for a long, long while. But Bill's about to disappear from these virtual pages, at least for a little while; he writes, "I promis ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    The Myth of the All-Girl, Pimp-Controlled Trafficking Trade

    Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.

  • News

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Dallas PD Sgt. Byron Fassett Tells His Tale of "the Forgotten Children" to Capitol Hill

    DPD Sgt. Byron Fassett ​A few hours before Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to talk health care yesterday, he held a briefing in the Judiciary Committee hearing room to discuss "the human sex trafficking crisis." Among the invited speakers was Dallas Police ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Conference Highlights Dallas's Unique Approach to Treating Prostitutes as Victims

    ​Dallas has developed a growing reputation as one of the few cities in the country to treat prostitutes as victims, whether through unique programs for under-age targets of human trafficking or specialty courts that help convicted sex workers create new lives. And so, two years after the Dallas Po ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009
  • Calendar

    October 25, 2007
  • News

    July 26, 2007


    The most troubled kids get short shrift in state care

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2007

    Indiana Has a Pain in the ACS

    The state o' Indiana has opted to privatize parts of the its food stamp, Medicaid and welfare programs. Mitch Roob, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, put the deal in place: $1.16 billion will be paid over 10 years to outside vendors who will handle jobs previously handled b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    Chaney to the Rescue? Hey, That's What He Says.

    Leo Chaney says he wants to help the folks of Ash Creek Mobile Home Park. They say that's the first they've heard of it. Seems council member Leo Chaney isn't terribly fond of the allegations that he did nothing to help the 100 or so residents of the Ash Creek Mobile Home Park, who will be displaced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Cute? Creepy? Why, Yes.

    Looks like Dallas-based band The Hourly Radio is reaching a new demographic. This kid's rendition of HR's successful single "Crime Does Pay," posted anonymously (or semi-anonymously--it's attributed only to "Erin") to MySpace, has us slightly creeped out, but also giggling at the subtextual commenta ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Little Lost Boys...and Girls

    Is the move to privatize Child Protective Services leaving huge gaps in care?

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Out of Focus

    A shift in AIDS funding from services to drugs threatens poor patients

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    One couple's bad, strange relationship entangles their neighbors

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Better Homes

    Plus: We Screwed Up and Reluctant Patient

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    A Place of Their Own

    Tom Dunning's homeless task force learns an old lesson: If at first you don't succeed, try again.

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Garbage to You

    Homeless people, like all of us, own things that can't be replaced

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    Absent Without Leave

    Think cutting class is child's play? Tell it to the judge.

  • Film

    June 20, 2002

    All Shook Up

    A little Hawaiian girl and her sister adopt a destructive mutant in Lilo & Stitch

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Sweetheart Deal

    How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Thanks, But No Thanks

    Turning down millions in state money to build juvenile boot camps, Tarrant County opted for a different approach--one that works

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    For God and Country

    For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda

  • News

    July 15, 1999


    After an infant died in a Cedar Hill foster home, state investigators turned up evidence of neglect and greed. The worst thing is, they already knew.

  • News

    May 1, 1997

    The lies that BIND

    A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case

  • News

    October 3, 1996

    Just say yes

    Dallas Indian centerfails to ask for a crucialinjection of money