These photographs represent fragments of personal projects that some of the photographers of VII are working on or assignments that they received in 2017. It is neither a definitive look at the year, or of VII, but a window into the world we have had the privilege to photograph this past year.
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On assignment for UNICEF, Ashley Gilbertson recently traveled to Eastern Ukraine to tell the story of a generation of children who are growing up knowing nothing but war.
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Ilvy Njiokiktjien takes us inside her unique office in Utrecht, The Netherlands — a prison built in 1856!
The bag in the video is from our partner THINK TANK PHOTO.
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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