VII is a storied photo agency founded a few days before 9/11 to challenge the convergence in the photography business when the trend for giant companies swallowing smaller independent agencies started.

Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. Abu Bakar, originally from Sierra Leone, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 12, 2017. Abu was a former detainee at Elizabeth Detention Center, Bucks County Prison, Allentown Prison for 3 years and was part of a lawsuit against the Esmor Corporation, a private company that ran the immigrant detention facility at the time he was detained.

Today we’re featuring Ed Kashi’s new project on immigrant detention.

“Immigrant detention,” Ed writes, “is prison by any other name. There are currently over 33,000 beds in private and public facilities – paid for with taxpayer dollars – that have to be filled daily to justify the expense. Since 1996, the U.S. has followed a policy of mandatory detention for all asylum seekers, meaning they are placed in handcuffs at the airport and expedited to a nearby facility so that they never technically touch U.S. soil. The 1996 law also mandates deportation for people convicted of certain criminal acts, many of them nonviolent offenses. Once people enter detention, they can be held indefinitely with limited access to communication and legal representation. Immigration courts are so backlogged that as of April 2017, there were 585,930 people waiting for a decision, with an average wait time of 670 days.”

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Due to overwhelming demand, we're extending our VIIxHRW print sale — 28 signed iconic VII prints are available for only $100 each!

Due to overwhelming demand, we’re extending our VIIxHRW print sale — 28 signed iconic VII prints are available for $100 each for a limited time only, so shop now!

50% of proceeds from this print sale will be donated to Human Rights Watch in order to assist them in their important work promoting and protecting human rights worldwide. Proceeds that remain with VII are used to advance the work of photographers focusing on social issues globally and furthering the agency’s core mission: truth and justice.

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  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve

Emeritus

  • Gary Knight
  • Antonin Kratochvil
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

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  • Ali Arkady
  • Arnau Bach
  • Mojgan Ghanbari
  • Furkan Temir
  • Esa Ylijaasko

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