Erika Beras is an award-winning journalist based in Pittsburgh. She’s a regular contributor to public radio programs and Scientific American podcasts as well as other networks and shows. She was previously a reporter at WESA and The Miami Herald.
Former residents of Northview Heights in Pittsburgh remember marching bands and days at the recreation center. But that was before shootings and drugs became commonplace for some 1,600 residents of the public housing project.
Bartolo was a minor and even though the US government had placed him with his cousin when he entered the country, his cousin wasn't actually his legal custodian. No one was.
Residents of Oberwil-Lieli are divided over whether their town should continue to shut out refugees and pay a fine instead.
“The city always considered August Wilson its native son. But I think the city considered August its native stepson.”
A folklorist at the Erie Art Museum dreamed up the idea: Helping refugees gain work skills while working with them to preserve their songs.
Residents of this neighborhood used to drive a long way for good groceries, but new stores are popping up as a result of a wave of refugee resettlement here.
When we think of Cuban exiles we think of Miami, but new Cuban migrants are looking elsewhere for work and housing. In Pittsburgh, one Cuban woman opened her house to more recent arrivals to help them get settled.
It's not a new phenomenon for young people to work summer jobs to make money and gain skills. For children who came to the US as refugees, there’s a bit more at stake though. These families get three months of assistance when they arrive — and then they're mostly on their own.
As violence escalates back in their home country, Burundians in Pittsburgh keep up a tradition of prayer and song born in refugee camps