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On April 13, Texas Tribune law and courts reporter Roxanna Asgarian discussed her new book, “We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death and Child Removal in America.” The book is both a deeply reported story of a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of six children and a searing indictment of the American foster care system.
Her reporting uncovered persistent racial biases and corruption as children of color are separated from their birth parents without proper cause. New York Times Magazine/ProPublica writer Pam Colloff moderated the conversation, which you can watch above. You can also read an excerpt from Asgarian’s book here.
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