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Controversial Berks County Immigration Detention Center Opening Again to Hold Adult Women Only

Laura Benshoff

A controversial immigrant detention center in Berks County has reopened, after spending most of the last year empty. WHYY Keystone Crossroad’s Laura Benshoff reports the Berks County Residential Center held parents with their children for more than a decade, but now detains only adult women.

(Original air-date: 2/11/22)

Laura Benshoff covered stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.