Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson covers immigrant communities, the people behind city, state, and federal policies, to tell the stories of people who come from around the world to make this region home.

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At immigration courts, a growing backlog

By , Globe Staff

A significant backlog of immigration cases has left nearly 500,000 people in limbo, deprived some families of income, and torn at the fabric of others.

Trump immigration announcement inspires relief — for some

By , Globe Staff

Advocates praised the announcement, but they sounded a cautionary note about the fate of unauthorized adult immigrants.

The forgotten riot that sparked Boston’s racial unrest

By , Globe Staff

June 2, 1967, marks the day that Boston joined what some deem the period of “Urban Riots,” a five-year span in the 1960s that touched nearly every major city in black America’s fight for civil rights.

Urban nonprofit celebrates 25 years of giving youths a voice

By , Globe Staff

The Center for Teen Empowerment will produce a play about the effects of racism in Boston, that runs Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.