A THOUSAND WORDS FOR CHILDREN AT OUR BORDERS

A THOUSAND WORDS FOR CHILDREN AT OUR BORDERS A PHOTOGRAPH FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Interna9onal Essay/Photography Compe99on According to research conducted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in 2014, the U.S. government has predicted that as many as 60,000 or more unaccompanied children could enter the United States in the Fiscal Year 2014, most of them arriving from Mexico and Central America. A number of studies [email protected] that this trend is a result of a range of risky [email protected] in their home [email protected]: increasing violence, severe interfamilial abuse, deep [email protected], and sexual or labor [email protected], among others. Nevertheless, escaping those circumstances is worth incurring, on the one hand, in a considerable monetary investment and, on the other hand, in the enormous risks they encounter during their trek into the United States. However, every number stands for an untold story, an overlooked reality, and for our failure, as [email protected], to look at the whole picture. For these reasons, we call for students across Mexico and the U.S. to write a thousand words about youth [email protected] at our borders, or to put forward a photograph that captures the [email protected] of their journey. Selected essays and photographs will be published in the Mexican Law [email protected] Website and winners may be invited to Harvard Law School to talk about their work*. MEXICAN ASSOCIATION OF STUDENTS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL WHO MAY PARTICIPATE Undergraduate and Graduate enrolled in [email protected] in Mexico and the U.S. •  You must submit evidence that you are currently enrolled as a student. • 
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Essays must [email protected] with clarity an [email protected] issue and analyze how it could be tackled through legal/[email protected]@onal means. Essay may be wri]en either in Spanish or English. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 2,000 words. [email protected] submissions are welcome. Essays accepted for [email protected] undergo a rigorous fact-­‐
checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), editors will ask you to send [email protected] of your sources and to help with the fact-­‐
checking process. We do not require submidng [email protected] along with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography. PRIZE • 
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The category of the [email protected]@on is open, allowing the freedom of [email protected] and subject choices. [email protected], the image must be related to the topic described above. Minor adjustments, including spodng, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject. The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submi]ed in his/her/their name. Pictures must meet the following specifi[email protected]:1) Must be uploaded in .jpeg/.jpg format, 2) should be saved with a medium to high quality, 3) images should be at least 3,000 pixels in length, 4) should have an embedded ICC profile. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for color pictures, Gamma 2.2 for black and white. No CMYK. Pictures must not show the name of a photographer, agency, or [email protected], or any other [email protected] Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant MSLA unlimited non-­‐exclusive use of high-­‐
[email protected] pictures for [email protected]@es, without any [email protected] being due. Selected essays and photographs will be published and winners may be invited to Harvard Law School to talk about their work*. Essays and photographs should be submi]ed online to: [email protected] Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST March 20, 2016. JUDGING Photo entries will be judged based on [email protected], quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact. The jury consists of five members. It is made up of the chairs of each specialized jury, plus one [email protected] juror from each of the essay and photography juries. The chair of either the documentary jury or the news jury will be the chair of the general jury. Each jury has a chair responsible for maintaining the integrity of the process, ensuring the [email protected] are conducted in accordance with the highest standards, and making certain that all jury members are fully involved in the judging process. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May, 15, 2016, via online media five days aaer the jury has completed its d[email protected] *[email protected] to Harvard Law School is [email protected] upon securement of financial resources by the Mexican Law Student [email protected]