Picture Story: A 16-Year Immigration Odyssey

October 26, 2012

By David Walker

© Janet Jarman

One of Janet Jarman's first images of Marisol, a 1996 portrait taken at a Matamoros dump, has become an icon of the project. To see more images, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

Janet Jarman visited a toxic garbage dump in Matamoros, Mexico, one day in 1996 while exploring the environmental impact of international trade policy as part of her research for her master’s thesis. Picking through the burning trash was a mother with several children. The woman gave Jarman permission to take pictures. “I had no idea,” Jarman says, “that I would...

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