Lluvias, Vulnerabilidad y Abandono

English Version San Cristóbal, Venezuela. La llegada de la temporada de lluvias ha hecho que muchos tachirenses estén entusiasmados por el clima frío, especialmente después de atravesar una de las temporadas de sequía más severas, producto del fenómeno del Niño. Este efecto natural recurrente ha puesto en relieve problemas graves en la infraestructura termoeléctrica del …

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At The Start Line: The Venezuelan Presidential Revocatory

San Cristóbal, Venezuela. Under the midday heat, approximately 600 people are waiting in line, not an unusual feat for an average Venezuelan nowadays. Today, however, they are not waiting to purchase groceries, toilet paper or car parts, they are waiting to sign a national petition to execute a revocatory referendum against President Nicolás Maduro. According to …

No Medicines, No Treatment, No Hope

Capacho, Venezuela. Since four in the morning people with different ailments, physical disabilities and their family members have been gathering in a small hospital in Táchira, Venezuela, a bordering state with Colombia. Because free mobility between the two countries was severed seven months ago, we are hoping to receive an administrative authorization which will allow …

Venezuela’s Politicized Border

Dear readers, Please check out an article we wrote for the International New York Times Opinion Section where we discuss the Venezuelan government's aggressive shutdown of its border with Colombia and how this has affected residents. Thank you, Directus International.

Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms

Last week NPR posted an article titled “San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They're Flush With Problems” and in it they describe how the installation of two prefabricated public restrooms in this California city has caused discomfort and mistrust amongst business owners and the general population. The reason of this uneasiness? Homeless individuals’ use …

Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups

Through our documentary series “Unwelcome” we have discussed some of the aspects of the systemic injustices committed against individuals experiencing homelessness in the state of Arizona. Whether it is the false claims of eradication of veteran chronic homelessness or the discrimination against prospective employees based solely on their homelessness state, we have taken a profound …

Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet”

“Getting back on your feet” is a phrase often heard by individuals experiencing homelessness whether it is from agencies, as the intended goal behind recovery and housing stability services, or from society, as its denounce on their apparent lack of self-reliance and “opportunism”. On Chapter 3, our participants discuss the experience of navigating supportive services and …

Unwelcome. Chapter 2: Housing First Release

Dear readers, Today we are launching the second chapter of our documentary series on homelessness in Arizona "Unwelcome", titled "Chapter 2: Housing First". In this chapter direct service providers and activists discuss government claims of eradication of veteran homelessness in Arizona through the Housing First strategy which, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, …