Susan Ferriss

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S. justice and immigration system, law enforcement and the school-discipline process. She joined the Center in 2011. She won a first-place investigative prize from the national Education Writers Association for her 2012 series revealing how thousands of Los Angeles school police citations were pushing mostly Latino and black kids, almost half younger than 14, into courts for minor infractions. She is also a two-time Casey journalism award finalist for her police stories and an investigation into excessive expulsions of students in Kern County, California’s “expulsion capital.” In 2014, she won Columbia University’s Tobenkin national journalism award for reporting on discrimination for “Throwaway Kids.” This report documented how Latino farmworker kids were forced to attend alternative schools in California so far away from home they either dropped out, or only attended one day a week while enrolled full time on paper. As a reporter at the Sacramento Bee, Susan produced prize-winning immigration stories and covered state government and politics. And as a Latin America correspondent for nearly a decade with Cox Newspapers, Susan covered everything from indigenous rights movements and death squads in Colombia to transnational migration and drug trafficking. Her series on failed economic reforms in Mexico won top honors from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association and was a Loeb business reporting finalist. Susan is co-author of The Fight in the Fields, a history of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement and producer of The Golden Cage, a documentary about farmworkers. She was a Knight fellow at Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley.

A clash between California GOP on the DACA vote deepens a rift over Trump policies

By Susan Ferriss

Jeff Sessions’ latest border plan clashes with legal and economic realities

By Susan Ferriss

Trump's TPS cancellations could lead more than 300,000 to become undocumented

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. travel warnings for Central America echo the danger caravan's migrants say they face

By Susan Ferriss

How Trump and Sessions cherry-picked data to blame immigrants for lower wages

By Susan Ferriss

The Supreme Court voided part of a law requiring deportation for certain crimes. Here's what that means

By Susan Ferriss

As Trump plans for troops at the border, numbers show border arrests are down

By Susan Ferriss

Honduran boy who lost asylum bid wasn't entitled to government-appointed counsel, court rules

By Susan Ferriss

Trump administration to end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador

By Susan Ferriss

Dreamers from Rep. Kevin McCarthy's district call on the GOP to step up

By Susan Ferriss

Thousands of immigrants with ‘protected status’ face possible deportation

By Susan Ferriss

How Trump’s immigration crackdown threatens ‘Made in America’ dairy-industry miracle

By Susan Ferriss

Refugee screeners criticize bill to narrow eligibility

By Susan Ferriss

Commentary: Mexico must protect its journalists!

By Susan Ferriss

Trump country trade-off: Tariffs could trigger U.S. job losses

By Susan Ferriss

Get up, stand up: California’s search for education equity

By Susan Ferriss

Trump's immigration orders face legal and fiscal 'reality checks'

By Susan Ferriss

Trump and immigration: tough talk masks a complex reality

By Susan Ferriss

Coalition calls for end of police presence in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia drops charges against boy who was subject of Center probe

By Susan Ferriss

Uphill climb for school discipline reform in Virginia

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia bills would put limits on role of police in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Report says Virginia should require school police training and alter laws to reduce arrests

By Susan Ferriss

An epidemic of questionable arrests by school police

By Susan Ferriss

One cop's telling tale: Who will police the school police?

By Susan Ferriss

Shocking South Carolina video no isolated case

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia moves forward on school discipline reforms

By Susan Ferriss

Bipartisan alliance vows to slow Virginia's school-to-prison pipeline

By Susan Ferriss

Shift billions in prison spending to teachers, says Education Secretary

By Susan Ferriss

California should ensure funds to help struggling students are spent as intended, report says

By Susan Ferriss

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