Stories: Otay Mesa Detention Center

On June 22nd, 2018, Sen. Kamala Harris visited CoreCivic’s Otay Mesa Detention Center. Outside, demonstrators from the ACLU, Border Angels, Pueblos Sin Fronteras, and the San Diego / Tijuana community demanded justice. This private facility houses mothers who have crossed the US / Mexico border seeking asylum, many of whom have been separated from their children.

Stories: When I Was 8

March 13th, 1998, my half sister disappeared. She was found 4 days later near my grandparents house in Dedham, Massachusetts. My sister was 23 when she died. I was 8. This was my first very close experience of death and though I was young, the experience colored much of my early childhood. The following images are of items inside of a box which has lived in the garage of my mother’s house for the past 20 years. I have looked through this box over the years when I seek understanding of this experience. All of these items all have to do with my sister. Aside from memories and photographs, these are the things we have deemed important to remember, and also inside of this box, the painful things we have chosen to forget.

This project began in July 2018 and is an ongoing documentary project which parallels process, healing, and growth.