Photograph by Platon

Amid ongoing debate over America’s broken immigration system, the photographer Platon presents a portfolio of images and videos of migrants and those sympathetic to their circumstances. The project was reported, researched and funded by Human Rights Watch and by Platon’s charitable foundation, “The People’s Portfolio.”


Life and Death on the Border

For those attempting to cross the Southwest border, the passage can be perilous.

Working in the Underground Economy

Undocumented immigrants lack workplace protections.



The arrest and detention of undocumented immigrants has ballooned over the past two decades.




Since 2009, about two million undocumented immigrants have been blocked at the border or removed from the U.S. after being detained elsewhere.

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