Finding Sanctuary 


This is a project in collaboration with graduate students in New York University's Studio 20 program. Among other acknoledgements, it has been awarded a New York Emmy Awards in 2017.

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Finding Sanctuary is a multimedia project borne in an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty, a singular time in American history when undertones of intolerance and xenophobia, walls and closed doors, re-expose our not-so-distant past. New York is considered a “sanctuary city,” but what that means, politically and for the 8.5 million people who call it home, defies neat explanation.

Follow the journeys of six individuals who have found—or are continuing to seek out—sanctuary in New York City.

Technology used:

One of the six sanctuary seekers, Teddy, was a Japanese American woman born in an internment camp during World War II. Teddy was among the 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, citizens and aliens alike who were forced into 10 relocation camps.

I created this interactive map where you can drag the slider and see the population forced to move to the Internment camps between 1942 and 1964. The placement and the size of the circles show the geolocation and the occupying population of the Internment camps as you interact with the slider to control the time; the transparent strokes show the original location of the Japanese people before being forced to move. The width of the strokes depends on the amount of population moved.

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Awards and acknowledgements:

New York Emmy Awards - Public/Current/Community Affairs: Series

Award of Excellence, 2017 College Photographer of the Year (CPOY)

Semi-finalist, 2017 Atlanta Docufest

BEST OF CATEGORY: Short Film / Documentary, Horizon Interactive Awards

Gold Award, BEST OF CATEGORY: Trailer, Horizon Interactive Awards