shadow lives usa

Jon Lowenstein

Documenting the largest transnational migration in world history.

During the past decade, millions of Latin American migrants have left their homes and risked death on the perilous journey to the United States in search of a chance to live the ‘American Dream.’ Once here, many of these migrants face economic exploitation, live under the increasing specter of criminality and confront a right-wing political movement dedicated to their removal from American society. Despite these obstacles, these resilient immigrants have contributed greatly to the economy and are transforming American culture in communities across the nation. How the world’s wealthiest nation integrates the estimated 11 million undocumented Latino immigrants in their midst will define the future of this country for decades.

The project Shadow Lives seeks to depict humane stories that serve as an anti-venom to this type of radical, reactionary climate consistently promulgated by anti-immigration advocates.

  • A Mexican migrant crosses the Rio Grande on his way to the United States near McAllen, Texas.

los deportados

Jon Lowenstein

Thousands of Mexican and Central American migrants are returned to their home countries each…

the flip side of immigration – multimedia

Jon Lowenstein

Thousands of Mexican and Central American migrants are returned to their home countries each…

the wave

Jon Lowenstein

6292 people were murdered in Guatemala in 2008. Most of them were killed in…

shadow lives USA

Jon Lowenstein

During the past decade, millions of Latin American migrants have left their homes and…

a cruel exodus

Jon Lowenstein

A Cruel Exodus documents the horrific social violence that is currently plaguing Guatemala and…