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Eyes on the Prize

March 23, 2010

“Eyes on the Prize” Revisited…

Music Video for Immigration Rights Movement

revisits the classic song from the civil rights era 

In some ways this post speaks beautifully to the question of why we chose to name this The Refuge Media Project: what does it mean to be a true refuge for survivors of torture from around the world?

Multiple factors can add to the trauma experienced by immigrant survivors of torture. Our interviewees at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis introduced us to the “triple trauma paradigm.” Survivors may be traumatized not only by their experience of torture in their home countries, but by what happens to them during their flight (spending years or even decades in desolate refugee camps, for example), and by the difficulties of resettlement. (For more on the triple trauma paradigm see pages 22ff of this excerpt of CVT’s manual, Healing the Hurt.)

With that in mind, we’re happy to pass on this video sent to us by my friend, filmmaker Jenny Alexander. Look for more of Jenny’s work, including an excerpt from her documentary, Detained, on her website. Detained documents the 2007 ICE raid on  a New Bedford, Massachusetts, factory producing vests for the U.S. military. Many of the 361 undocumented immigrants arrested were women, and many were separated from their small children and sent to detention centers as far away as Texas — talk about being retraumatized! (Note: you can email from Jenny’s website to ask about getting a copy of the complete film.)

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