This post recaps the WITNESS US team’s recent video evidence and advocacy trainings with immigrant rights defenders and attorneys in Tijuana, Mexico.
Following the police killings of Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Garner in 2014, many people advocated for the widespread adoption of police body cameras as a solution to ending systemic police abuse and increasing transparency. Yet, they haven’t been effective. Now, more than five years later, we look back at our initial predictions, take stock in what we’ve learned and offer recommendations for moving forward.
When images of Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter, Valeria were published recently, we were outraged. We were heartbroken. The situation at the US-Mexico border is a crisis: a humanitarian crisis. Because of the government’s stronghold on the narrative — coupled with a militarized lack of
Gathering Surveillance Video Footage of an Encounter with Immigration Enforcement and Converting it into Supporting Evidence for a Proceeding
Wiretapping laws were intended to protect people’s privacy in the United States, but in some cases they’ve been used to challenge the right to record the police.
Michelle Serrano, Texas-native and Comms Strategist for the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, shares tips for journalists reporting on immigration issues and how they impact communities on the US-Mexico border.