Still Moving: Children of Deportees
Next, I went to Tijuana to photograph families that represent the border city’s multinational identity. The teenagers I met were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens, but their parents are not, and their lives are shaped by conflicting realities of family obligation and the opportunities of dual citizenship. Dislocated and overwhelmed, these recent arrivals to Mexico are at risk for perpetrating or becoming victims of gang violence, sexual exploitation and crime. And there are many others like them: since 2010 more than 40% of all U.S. deportations have gone through the city.
I'm currently photographing my adolescent neighbors living in immigration limbo in the now-uncertain sanctuary of Brooklyn, New York. But these aren't the Dreamers we've heard about. They're undocumented college student activists who run a program called Wall of Hope, a "youth-led political power organization." These young people are deeply unsure and afraid, but they see speaking up as their privilege and responsibility.
I plan to continue photographing this project for the next year, and then to bring it back to the communities where I photographed as a teaching and discussion tool.
(Published by the Intercept with support from the International Women's Media Foundation.)