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Jadon came from Texas with his family to swim in the waters off Santa Monica Beach. Here, he swims in the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Santa Monica, California. June, 2018.
As a young teenager growing up in San Franciscos Hunters Point Projects, Candice Pierson says I can remember a time when it felt like I was going to a funeral every single Friday. With support from her two parents and the Hunters Point Family Girls 2000 program, Candice chose a very different life for herself and her daughter Malia. I raise [Malia] like, girl, you are independent, you are wonderful, you are great, you can do whatever you want to doand it really comes out in her personality. San Francisco. June, 2018.
A body awaits the coroner following a rollover on Pueblo, Colorado's South Side. Police suspected that the truck's driver was intoxicated following a party and attempted to street race a smaller vehicle before overturning on the median. The driver's wife was crushed beneath the hood. An empty carseat was thrown from the truck, and one officer said that she feared a child had probably just lost its mother that night and its father to a long prison sentence.
Pueblo gangs prey on the youth, especially those without two parents at home, recruiting them as young as 10 and 11 at libraries, schools, and parks.
A man is baptized in the waters of Venice Beach during an annual event in which the public and members of Skid Row's homeless population gather to worship and be baptized. Venice, California. August, 2018.
Jennifer and Cameron share ice cubes and a few kisses on a hot evening in Tevistion, California. Both of their parents emigrated from Oklahoma with the rest of the Black Okies in mid-twentieth century to work the fields of the Central Valley. Jennifer moved to the California's bigger cities briefly but has been forced to return to her familys crumbling home to raise her two children. Teviston, California. July, 2018.
Derion Chavis before his bronco ride at the all-black rodeo. "In rodeo, the hardest person to beat is yourself. You have to eat, dream, breathe rodeo if you want to be the best in the sport, and that's my story. That's how I became what I am now." City of Industry, California. August, 2018.
More than a week after the arrest of her father Jose (who is a legal permanent resident), Natalie Garcia tries to console her crying daughter Marley outside their home in Arleta, California from which Jose was taken. He had been watering his lawn and preparing for a shift driving for Uberone of his three jobswhen ICE officials detained him for deportation. Since his arrest, Marley has slept in his bed and lays out his clothes each day to pretend that he is there. I put his perfume on sometimes, Marley explains. I close my eyes. I cry.
Due to recent Trump administration policies, a misdemeanor conviction from 17 years ago made him eligible for removal from the United States. Critics of the policies say that in a supposed effort to round up dangerous criminals and gang members, innocent immigrants are being swept up by ICE agents because they take fewer resources to arrest and deport.
Obdulio Vasquez-Puac was separated from his 8-year-old son after they crossed the Mexican-American border in Texas in May. Caught up in the Trump administration's short-lived family separation policy, Obdulio has been told little of the whereabouts of his son and does not know when they will be reunited. Obdulio primarily speaks Mam, a Mayan language used in Guatemala and Southern Mexico, further complicating his situation. He recalled being robbed by coyotes on the crossing, who stole his last $300. Adelanto Facility. California. July, 2018.