Amir Khafagy is an award-winning New York City-based freelance journalist. Much of Amir’s beat explores the intersections of labor, race, class, immigration, and urban policy. His reporting has been featured in The New Republic, Vice, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Appeal, Jacobin, and In These Times. Amir has been awarded The International Center for Journalists COVID-19 Reporting Award, The New Economics Reporting Fellowship, The Economic Hardship Reporting Grant, The Talk Poverty Writer Workshop Fellowship, The Asian American Writers Workshop Open City Fellowship, and The AARP Freelance Fellowship. He holds a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Urban Affairs from Queens College. He will be reporting on labor and the criminal justice system.
NYC raised $2.5 million for survivors of the Bronx fire. Why has the Mayor’s Office only distributed 10% of that fund to families in need?
How the unsustainable growth of the container ship industry led to the supply chain crisis
After years of austerity and a crippling pandemic, City University of New York is struggling to get students the choice of classwork they want.
This time, workers are trying to unionize just one warehouse, where they say they’ve gotten a majority of workers to sign union authorization cards.
Daequan Smith loved working at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island. After he started organizing with the Amazon Labor Union, he found himself out of a job.
What is medallion debt and why were taxi drivers on strike? Here is how New York City manufactured the taxi medallion crisis.
As City Councilmember-elect Shekar Krishnan celebrated his victory with family, friends and supporters at Friend’s Tavern in Jackson Heights on Election Day, a few blocks away, Krishnan’s opponent, independent City Council Candidate Fatima Baryab’s campaign descended into chaos.
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed to guarantee lower monthly payments of medallion owners giving relief to thousands of taxi drivers
The taxi drivers hunger strike is successful as City Hall decided to ease their financial woes
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, nearly 1,000 Muslim immigrants were wrongfully imprisoned and deported. Two decades later, the victims are still in search of justice.
As mass evictions loom, immigrants and advocates say the convoluted application process is excluding many eligible immigrants New Yorkers from receiving a much needed aid from the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
A small federal program has become a big federal program with no oversight of how it’s actually working.
Cuomo pledged to deal with rampant wage theft this year, then failed to deliver. Now, a bill to recover stolen wages is unlikely to pass the legislature.