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Changing the conversation on immigration: Janet Jarman at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

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Published on Dec 7, 2012

Janet Jarman discusses her 16-year photojournalism project on Mexican immigration in the US, where she followed the life of one immigrant girl, Marisol. She calls for changing the conversation on immigration from an impersonal contentious debate to one focused on real human stories.

Janet Jarman (www.janetjarman.com) is a photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Mexico. Through long-term projects, she explores contemporary social issues such as immigration, the impact on Mexican society of its drug war, environmental destruction and open government. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, Geo, Der Spiegel, amongst others. Her photographs have received awards in Pictures of the Year International, Photo District News Photography Annual, Communication Arts, and Best of Photojournalism.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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