Our Brooklyn-based U.S. team focuses on the nationwide issues of police accountability, immigrant rights, indigenous rights, and LGBTQ rights.
Projects and partners include:
- Caught on Camera: Police Violence in the U.S.
Our review of police violence cases explores the role of video in attaining accountability and points to ways that filmers, advocates, journalists, and the justice system can use video effectively.
WITNESS partnered with the community-based organization El Grito de Sunset Park to study over 300 videos from their collection of eyewitness videos depicting police misconduct and abuse spanning a dozen years. Going beyond headline-grabbing instances of police violence, our project “Profiling the Police” aims to expose the day-to-day pressure, surveillance and harassment that residents in heavily-policed neighborhoods—most often people of color—like Sunset Park face on a regular basis.
The project produced initial analysis from the videos we reviewed, a model database structure, a framework for reporting on officers repeatedly involved in misconduct, and toolkit to share our learnings and recommended tools with other communities, activist groups, lawyers and journalists working with collections of police violence videos.
- Documenting Abuses Against Immigrants
We are responding to recent spikes in arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants with new resources like our Filming ICE tip sheet and a webinar series with the Immigrant Defense Project. The webinars address the specific legal issues faced by undocumented immigrants and the rights of activists fighting for immigrant rights.
Our Eyes on ICE project offers an extensive selection of resources, articles and case studies around the use of video documentation of abuses against immigrants.
- Video as Evidence: Documenting Standing Rock
We worked with groups defending Sioux lands from the Dakota Access pipeline construction, tailoring our Video as Evidence field guide to support the documentation of environmental destruction and of police abuse at Standing Rock. The WITNESS Media Lab also released a groundbreaking report, “Eyes in the Sky: Drones at Standing Rock and the Next Frontier of Human Rights Video.”
A WITNESS Media Lab report that explores how eyewitness videos provide new sources of data on the prevalence of transphobic violence.
- Check out all of the resources we’ve tailored for activists in the U.S.
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