In the summer of 2018, when then-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced the zero-tolerance family separation immigration policy, I had the opportunity to cover the story from multiple angles. Included in this gallery are images from Guatemala and Mexico, illustrating different angles of the policy and its effects on real people. In Guatemala, I spent time with the Pulex family. Donelda and Marelyn, mother and daughter, were separated, Donelda in a detention facility in Texas and Marelyn in a foster home in Michigan, before being deported back to Guatemala. You can read the full story here .
In Mexico, I spent time with mothers who were hesitant to cross the border with their children, fearful of being separated. Stuck between impossible choices--stay in Reynosa, one of the most dangerous border towns in Mexico, or try to cross and face potential separation. You can read that full story here.
And finally, in Reynosa, we met young men who had been held in the same facilities where separated children were held. They all had to be photographed anonymously because they are minors. You can read about their experiences in detention here .