Photographing Central American Immigration: The Unwanted
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Joseph Sorrentino shares his recent findings from field research in Mexico. It's estimated that 400,000 people flee the extreme violence of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador each year, passing through Mexico on their way to the U.S. This journey can only be described as horrific.
The presentation covers three projects Sorrentino did in Mexico in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Photographs and refugees' own words will show what the journey is like and how U.S. pressure on Mexico has worsened conditions for refugees.
Sorrentino has worked as a freelance journalist and photographer for about 20 years. During that time he's written about farmworkers in New York and chile pickers in New Mexico; campesinos in Mexico and, for the last several years, the plight of Central American refugees. His articles have appeared in Commonweal Magazine, In These Times and 100Reporters.
Sorriento, Joseph. "Photographing Central American Immigration: The Unwanted." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/laii_events/7