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Voice of Witness

  • Six by Ten

    A collection of intimate portraits told directly by people whose lives have been devastated by solitary confinement in America.

  • Say it Forward

    A DIY guide for social justice oral history projects.

  • Solito, Solita

    They are a mass migration of thousands of young people from Central America, yet each one travels alone: solito, solita.

  • How We Go Home

    Edited by Sara Sinclair

    How We Go Home shares contemporary Indigenous stories in the long and ongoing fight to protect Native land and life.

  • Patriot Acts

    Edited by Alia Malek

    In their own words, the narrators of Patriot Acts recount their lives before the 9/11 attacks and their experiences of the backlash that have deeply altered their lives and communities.

  • Voices from the Storm

    Edited by Lola Vollen and Chris Ying

    In their own words, the narrators of Voices from the Storm recount their expeiences with Hurrican Katina and its impact on lives and communities of New Orleans.

  • High Rise Stories

    Edited by Audrey Petty

    In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago's iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly in the heart of our national identity.

  • Invisible Hands

    Edited by Corrine Goria
    The men and women in Invisible Hands reveal the human rights abuses occurring behind the scenes of the global economy.

  • The Voice of Witness Reader

    Voice of Witness Reader is an astonishing record of human rights issues in the twenty-first century; a testament to the resilience and courage of the most marginalized among us; and an opportunity to better understand the world we live in through human connection and a participatory vision of history.

  • Palestine Speaks

    Edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek

    For more than six decades, Israel and Palestine have been the global focal point of intractable conflict, one that has led to one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises. In their own words, men and women from West Bank and Gaza describe how their lives have been shaped by the conflict. Here are stories that humanize the oft-ignored violations of human rights that occur daily in the occupied Palestinian territories.

  • Throwing Stones at the Moon

    For nearly five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the country’s own military. Civilians in Colombia face a range of abuses from all sides, including killings, disappearances and rape—and more than four million have been forced to flee their homes. The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread of Colombia’s human rights crises: forced displacement. Speakers recount life before displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their struggle to rebuild their lives.

  • Out of Exile

    Edited by Craig Walzer

    In this book, refugees and abductees recount their escapes from the wars in Darfur and South Sudan, from political and religious persecution, and from abduction by militias. In their own words, they recount life before their displacement and the reasons for their flight.

  • Hope Deferred

    Edited by Annie Holmes and Peter Orner

    This book presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country’s political, economic, and human rights crises. This book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise—a stellar education system, a growing middle class of professionals, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constitution, and an independent judiciary—go so wrong?

  • Nowhere to Be Home

    Edited by Maggie Lemere and Zoe West

    Nowhere to Be Home is an eye-opening collection of oral histories exposing the realities of life under military rule. In their own words, men and women from Burma describe their lives in the country that Human Rights Watch has called “the textbook example of a police state.”

  • Mi María: Surviving the Storm

    Puerto Rican voices share their stories of surviving Hurricane María and its aftermath.

  • Unheard Voices of the Pandemic

    Edited by Dao X. Tran
    Personal narratives from farmworkers, sex workers, the undocumented, the incarcerated, and more—covering the first year COVID swept across the United States.