Eyes on Ice:
Documenting Immigration Abuses

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Image: Immigration Customs Enforcement team 

Objective and Analysis

To research, understand, and lead discussion on the challenges and possibilities of using video to document encounters with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement(ICE) in the U.S for justice. Case studies will engage with questions around the right to film, how to share content ethically, safety and security concerns, and advocacy and storytelling strategies.

The question of filming comes up at every immigration training, meeting, and conference we’ve attended, and with every immigration rights group we’ve spoken with. Our understanding is that people want to film, but are unsure of their rights and how the footage can be used. As part of the case studies research, we will engage with activists and organizations working in immigration to better understand ICE tactics to identify how activists can use film and documentation as part of their advocacy and deportation defense work in safe and ethical ways. We will look especially to immigrant communities in border states where local policies have been on par with new federal ones for years, and filming ICE is more common practice. These conversations will help us to understand what challenges and barriers there are to safely and effectively filming ICE and assembling ICE watch groups, and identify gaps that exist in order to produce resources and guide community members, activists, and lawyers in creating strategies to fight deportations in a new era of heightened fear.

By creating these case studies, we hope to provide immigrant rights activists and community members with best practices and strategies for how filming can be used to expose abuses, support court cases, preserve stories from the community, and strengthen our communities in resistance.

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