In response to general lack of first-hand knowledge regarding the experience of deportation and removal, and the consequent dehumanized narratives on the topic, we are producing a bilingual online open access archive of testimonial videos about deportation. Policy debate on deportation tends to be driven by statistics, with little attention to human experience.
This project makes visible a range of humanitarian issues that mass human displacement has generated as the result of its management on both sides of the US-Mexico border. It employs digital storytelling, a digital genre that puts control of content and production in the hands of community storytellers (deportees and others affected by deportation and deportability), to produce a public archive that gives a human face to the deportation crisis.
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