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Holly WiseBy Holly Wise
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Holly WiseBy Holly Wise
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$960
pledged of $9,100 goal
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 27 2015 12:28 AM UTC +00:00

About

In 2014 more than 67,000 children fled violence and poverty in their Central American homes. After treacherous journeys, many of them arrived in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 2,000 children have crossed the border every month so far in 2015. 

The children and their mothers often are detained and held in detention facilities in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, Artesia, New Mexico or Berks County in Pennsylvania. They are not given the option of bailing out of the detention facilities and reportedly face inhumane living conditions while waiting for their court dates.

The children's stories must be told in a narrative outside of the political arena they’re typically thrown in. Their faces must be seen and their voices heard.

Through extensive research, investigative reporting and methodical data collection, VoiceBox Media will continue its work of bringing this humanitarian crisis out of the shadows and into mainstream understanding.

I am constructing this in-depth multimedia reporting project to span at least six months, starting September 2015. I will recruit and lead a team of four collegiate fellows. The selected group will undergo a rigorous application and interview process before being accepted for the project. The four fellows will have experience in writing, editing, digital design and audience engagement.

This project will give a thorough examination of the organizations and people working along our borderlands to bring resolution to the social problem in their communities, as well as creating dialogue. We plan to live stream monthly interviews with a combination of families who have been detained, human rights advocates and government officials.

We plan to visit the facilities multiple times. We plan to go to the far-flung deserts they’ve walked through. We will relentlessly research and interview the prison management companies. 

We will petition U.S. governmental officials to discuss these issues with us. We will approach Central American governments, and if necessary, we will visit them. We will analyze data, reports and statistics about these immigration and human rights issues. We will become innovative about the best ways to compile and present these stories.

Together, we will see what the children and their families experience and work to put ourselves as close to their circumstances as possible.

Our reporting will be published on VoiceBox Media's website, as well as distributed to other media organizations who have shown interest in the project, including Latina Lista. 

{All photos used by permission under the Creative Commons license.}

Risks and challenges

Page views and traffic numbers traditionally measure the success of a digital media project, but we want to know if the project is inciting people to action and is it rendering change to the social issue? Are there systematic changes implemented as a result of the project? Are more children brought to safety and treated humanely? Is there responsive oversight of the privately operated prison management companies that operate the three detention facilities? Are people becoming more involved in their communities? Is there a fundamental mind shift in how the children are treated?

We anticipate challenges in obtaining interviews and detention facility tours. We plan to overcome these obstacles through persistence and appealing to the respective government officials’ chain of command.

We plan to measure these variables by monitoring the politics, policies and models of change implemented (or not) after the project’s completion and by monitoring the communities most affected by this social injustice.

Our priority is the safety and health of our team as we report on this project. We will monitor the political landscape and ensure that every person on the team is as safe and healthy as possible.

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    You'll receive an exclusively designed VoiceBox Media t-shirt.

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    You'll have the opportunity for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with founder and CEO Holly Wise and her team members at the conclusion of the project.

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    We will interview YOU for a special project telling YOUR story on why you decided to partner with us.

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    You'll receive an exclusively designed VoiceBox Media t-shirt.

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