March 18, 2013 For years, the Army has effectively ignored the ban against women in combat, though it's still hard for them to receive full recognition for what they've achieved. "Battle-fatigued female soldiers" is a new and uneasy concept for American society.
March 17, 2013 For many female veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, new battles await when they return home. They need help, just like men — with jobs, PTSD and reconnecting with family. But these issues can be harder for women. And the darkest side of women's military service persists: sexual assault.
February 15, 2013 While lawmakers debate proposals, the demand for immigration attorneys is increasing as people seek information and assistance. Jose Pertierra and his staff field nearly 50 calls a day from immigrants wondering how potential changes will affect them.
November 30, 2012 As more boomers age at home, they will need aides to care for them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for home health aides is expected to grow by 69 percent by 2020 — much faster than the average for all jobs. And many see legal immigrants as vital to filling those jobs.
October 22, 2012 Like many other former felons in Florida, Vikki Hankins has spent years trying to regain civil rights like the right to vote or serve on a jury. And while she dreams of going to law school, she will be unable to sit for the bar or practice law unless her rights are restored.
August 7, 2012 Strict regulations to combat baby-selling and fraud have meant the process of adopting a child can take much longer. Many nations also now feel stigmatized for sending babies abroad. As a result, some advocates say, many children are languishing in orphanages.
June 7, 2012 The front-runner in Mexico's presidential race says his party, the PRI, has changed since it was ousted from power in 2000. Many Mexicans yearn for the peace and order the country experienced under PRI rule. But others worry about the rampant corruption that brought about the party's downfall.
April 17, 2012 Charity Lovas has given birth to eight children, yet only three of those children are her own. "If money drives you, you are looking at the wrong career," the surrogate mother says.
April 17, 2012 Most surrogates are paid thousands of dollars to bear a child for someone else, but many say that's not the main motivation. Women who are eager to get pregnant on behalf of others are inspired, among other things, by family history and a love of pregnancy.
January 16, 2012 Americans gave more than $1.8 billion to help Haiti after a devastating earthquake ripped through the island nation two years ago. An NPR survey of 12 large charities found that while many still have a lot of money in the bank, the rate of spending has picked up over last year.