Annamarya Scaccia

Annamarya Scaccia is an award-winning freelance journalist who reports on public health and social justice issues. Like any native New Yorker, she drinks too much coffee and has strong opinions about the Yankees.

LGBTQ

Insane Federal Bill Would Strip Trans People of Their Civil Rights

"The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017" was introduced in June. Advocates say it's highly unlikely to become law—but what precedent does writing transphobic bills set?
Annamarya Scaccia
8.3.17
domestic violence

Inside the First Men-Only Domestic Violence Shelter in Texas

"The more that we can come to terms as society about domestic violence, the more men who are being victimized will be willing to come forward."
Annamarya Scaccia
6.26.17
mental health

When Suicide Happens at Immigration Detention Centers, Who Is to Blame?

According to a recent report, serious lapses in mental health care at immigration detention centers across the US has led to premature and preventable deaths.
Annamarya Scaccia
5.26.17
sexual assault

In Detention Centers, 97 Percent of Rape Accusations Met by Silence, Report Says

A complaint issued by CIVIC charges that the DHS Office of Inspector General failed to investigate more than 97 percent of reports of sexual abuse from people in immigration detention over a two-year period.
Annamarya Scaccia
4.24.17
domestic violence

When Domestic Violence Victims Call Police for Help—and Get Evicted Instead

When Rosetta Watson called 911 she expected police to help protect her against her abusive ex-boyfriend. Instead, due to the city's "chronic nuisance ordinance," the two phone calls she made prompted her eviction.
Annamarya Scaccia
4.13.17
mental health

The Lonely Fight Against Postpartum Depression

While celebrities like Hayden Panettiere have recently begun opening up about their struggles with the condition, a lack of education and resources means the majority of mothers with postpartum depression are left to battle the illness on their own.
Annamarya Scaccia
5.17.16
MARYLAND

Maryland Just Made Birth Control and Plan B Free. Will Other States Follow Suit?

This week, Maryland passed the most comprehensive birth control access law in the country. Can the rest of us expect free contraception any time soon?
Annamarya Scaccia
5.13.16
NYC

NYC Bars Can't Ban Pregnant Women or Refuse to Serve Them Alcohol

According to new guidelines released by the city's human rights commission, refusing to allow a pregnant woman to enter a bar or club is discrimination.
Annamarya Scaccia
5.8.16
Health

New York Is Finally Pulling the Plug on Its Tampon Tax

This week, the New York Senate voted unanimously to stop placing a sales tax on menstrual products. Previously, the state did not classify pads and tampons as a "medical necessity"—although products like Rogaine and ChapStick fit the bill.
Annamarya Scaccia
4.13.16
Health

Women in Jail Are Being Denied Tampons, Pads, and Basic Human Dignity

For many female inmates, the scarcity of pads and tampons in jails is humiliating and a major health risk. A New York City councilwoman is trying to change that by ensuring free menstrual products for women incarcerated in the state.
Annamarya Scaccia
3.28.16
Health

Free Bleeding: NYC Public Schools to Give Out Pads and Tampons to Students

By the end of March, 25 New York City public schools will give students access to free pads and tampons. According to public health advocates, this is both essential and long overdue.
Annamarya Scaccia
3.17.16
Health

In New York, Tampons Are Still Taxed—But Rogaine Isn't

Last week, five plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against New York state, alleging that taxing necessary menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons is tantamount to gender discrimination.
Annamarya Scaccia
3.7.16
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