Puerto Rico Project
A collection of interviews and photographs of kids in detention centers throughout Puerto Rico is the latest developing project resulting from work on the island in early March. The following is an excerpt of a larger piece focusing on the environments these kids come from:
Many of the detention centers are populated by children who grow up under the umbrella of poverty. Their lives may be intertwined in a complex relationship between parents who try desperately to lift children into a more aspirational world and a world of violence, drugs, poor education, gangs, abuse and neglect. There can be a dance between child protective services and probation; detention and dependency.
There is dignity and struggle here. As well there is the reality when you ask a kid in detention “where are you from?” rather than identify a city, the simply say “the projects” or “Caserio.” Puerto Rico is not a state it is a commonwealth. Some of the children pictured here are in federal as well as commonwealth custody.
Luis Llorens Torres complex, a public housing neighborhood comprising 140 buildings housing about 2,500 families. The largest public housing project in Puerto Rico. These are the projects. They are the same around the world; Caserío público , San Juan, Watts in LA, Cabrini-Green in Chicago, Rocinha in Rio.