Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

Court Reins In Social Workers’ Power in Drug-War Child Removals

Social workers are overlooked actors in the drug war, separating parents who use drugs from their children, often regardless of…

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San Antonio’s War on Street-Level Sex Workers

On a late August afternoon, a woman with shoulder-length brown hair asked a passing driver on the west side of…

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What Zoom Can Mean for Quarantined Chemsex Participants

University lectures, business meetings and friendships are increasingly being uploaded to the video conferencing platform Zoom amid lockdowns in response…

1 week

Surviving an Overdose Can Get Midwesterners Evicted

Renters are being evicted across Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin for simply surviving an overdose. Many have not even been charged…

1 month

Naloxone Now Used as Evidence to Prosecute Indiana OD Victims

An Indiana county attorney and police chief are working together to prosecute people who have suffered overdoses with felonies—and to…

2 months

Iowa Law Enforcement Alleged to Be “Moving Force” in Meth Death

In May 2019, Alex Billmeyer died from methamphetamine intoxication after being held in a Dubuque County, Iowa jail cell for…

2 months

Banning GHB at Raves Is Dangerous

I slipped out of a stall in the dimly lit basement bathroom of a Brooklyn soul food restaurant, sliding a…

2 months

Child Reunification May Soon Be Impossible for Pregnant Drug Users in North Carolina

North Carolina state representatives have approved a bill that would make it easier for courts to keep families permanently separated…

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Harm Reductionist on Hunger Strike Against Alleged Civil Commitment Rights Violations

A prominent harm reductionist is allegedly facing numerous rights violations by a Massachussetts civil commitment program housed within a jail,…

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Radical Theater Performance Subverts Rikers Violence

Christmas was a week away. The sky was baby blue, but you wouldn’t have known that inside the windowless room…

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