NECIR child fatality stories win Publick Occurrences award

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting will be honored with a prestigious 2014 “Publick Occurrences” award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, NECIR Executive Director Joe Bergantino announced Sept. 12.

Melvin Hooks stands in front of his daughter's grave.

Sudden infant death: Agency-linked babies more at risk

Children in homes supervised by state social workers die suddenly and unexpectedly at least twice the rate of infants statewide, according to an analysis of the most recent available data by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. That suggests to child welfare advocates that more should be done to educate caretakers of some of the state’s most vulnerable children about how to minimize the risk of sudden death.


Convicted murderer let free after judge overturns verdict

In June of 2010, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting brought to light several flaws in the police investigation leading to Rosario’s conviction. Rosario was set free on bail Thursday after a judge overturned his conviction.

City, activists meet to fight sex trafficking

The City of Boston will not tolerate the buying and selling of human beings. That’s what Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Tuesday at a conference on sex trafficking attended by scores of activists, law enforcement, judges, philanthropists and survivors of the booming sex industry.