A Human Rights Crisis in Your Backyard: Poverty in Alabama

More than 18 million Americans live in “extreme poverty,” according to a report from the United Nations, which ranked poverty in the U.S. alongside some of the poorest regions in the world. The U.N. Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty paid a visit to the U.S. last year, drawing worldwide attention to his findings. Our partners at NewsHour Weekend followed in his footsteps to report from Lowndes County, Alabama to see this extreme poverty firsthand.

This report is supported in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.