Andrea Crossan is a Boston-based Senior Producer for The World. She is the Series Director for the Across Women's Lives project. She's also the Series Creator and Director of the 50 States project. Andrea moved to Boston after working as a BBC producer in London. Before joining the program, she worked for a number of news organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Associated Press and NBC News.
Andrea has reported from Uganda, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Kenya. She has a Master's degree in International Journalism from City University London.
Andrea likes to spend her spare time trying to stay upright on moving objects — snowboards, surfboards, escalators.
Around 85 percent of women in a British Columbia prison come out homeless. "There are very few places for women to go when they get released," says one advocate.
"People really had compassion, affection, understanding and patience — something that you don't get in regular court." That's how one Indigenous woman describes her day in First Nations Court.
Cheyenne Sharma admitted transporting more than 4 pounds of cocaine into Canada. But her lawyers put the country's colonial history on trial.
When Ugandan rapper Keko moved to Canada, she became a hockey fan. But she was less excited about learning how to skate.
Rongmala Begum, like many of Bangladesh’s garment workers, doesn’t know how old she is. She doesn’t have a birth certificate, which is common for the rural poor here. She thinks she’s in her 40s. She has an identification card, but she can’t read it. Begum is illiterate.