Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
The life of a sexually trafficked woman in Southeast Asia is almost unimaginable. The majority is tricked into leaving their homes, even in foreign countries, by the promise of a conventional, well-paying job that would allow them to support their families. The traffickers take their identification and travel documents, and the women are told they […]
A cement plant in Tehachapi, California, constantly releases mercury and other toxins into the air, and has been for decades. The Lehigh Southwest Cement plant has released the most mercury toxins in California, and is ranked the second highest in the United States. Inside the plant, workers burn coal to cook limestone mined from the […]