Persecution Based on Family Ties Will No Longer Qualify as Grounds for Asylum, the Attorney General Rules
The decision could affect thousands of asylum seekers fleeing violence, particularly from Central America.
How Trump's Latest Crackdown on Public Benefits Fits Into His Immigration Plans
A new memo could have a chilling effect on both family-based immigration and participation in public-benefit programs.
Why Is Participation in Food Assistance Programs Like WIC Declining?
New analysis of federal data shows the largest single-year decrease in WIC's history. Participation is down in SNAP and the school lunch program too.
Giant Bees and Tortoises, Gay Dads, FEMA Funding: Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
FEMA calls Trump's bluff, a study shows gay dads are excellent parents, and giant creatures are alive and well.
The Myths Behind the Idea That Domestic Violence Is a 'Personal Problem'
A viral Thrillist story about a burger joint left out domestic abuse charges against the owner—but intimate partner violence isn't a private issue.
What DIY Candy Flowers Tell Us About the Prison System
Plus: How to make "magical" roses out of Jolly Ranchers.
People Mostly Inherit What They Think Are Their Parents' Politics
The key word is "think"—people tend to identify with the same political parties they believe their parents do, even if that belief is wrong.
How America's Prison System Punishes Women and Families
A new report counts the costs that women, children, and families bear when a loved one gets incarcerated.
Polls and History Show Americans Are Fine With Political Nepotism
Bushes and Clintons have held top positions in American politics for as long as I've been alive.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Professor of Peace Studies Working to Improve the Lives of Women and Children
We canvassed the world of the social and behavioral sciences, looking for rising stars whose careers promise to make a lasting mark. We'll be profiling the top 30 throughout the month of April.
How the Rhetoric of 'Personal Responsibility' Warps Personal Relationships
In a new book, Allison J. Pugh explores how an ideology of independence can have negative effects outside the economic realm.
Why Do So Many Young People in Latin America Hook Up in Parks?
South of the border, the combined forces of crowded housing, conservative fathers, and high school politics have produced extreme PDA.
How the American Family Was Affected by the Great Recession
A look at how marriage, co-habitation, domestic violence, and birth rates were influenced by the economic struggles of the 2000s.
Why Are Children Being Separated From Their Families in South Dakota?
On reservations that have been described as “chaos” and “a swirling hell,” child welfare officials could have good intentions, but their efforts are still in clear violation of the Indian Children Welfare Act of 1978.
'The Atlantic' Is Wrong About Married Parents Producing Richer Kids
Sure, kids with married parents appear to have better outcomes by some measures. But a narrow reading of the data ignores strong evidence about the viability of alternative family structures.
What If the Best Remedy for a Broken Family Is No Family at All?
The San Pasqual Academy argues we should let foster teenagers create their own tribe.
The Traditional American Family Has Been Outsourced
If you're looking for a two-parent, man-and-wife, never-divorced kind of family, head to one of those citizenship ceremonies.