City Limits’ Investigation of Immigration Courts Wins National Honor

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The line outside 26 Federal Plaza one morning in 2015.  it is one of two locations in the city where immigration hearings are held.

Adi Talwar

The line outside 26 Federal Plaza one morning in 2015. it is one of two locations in the city where immigration hearings are held.

The Association for Women in Communications is giving its 2016 Clarion Award for Online Journalism-Special Feature Section to “On the Border of Justice,” City Limits’ multi-part 2015 investigation of the operations of immigration court. Writer Batya Ungar-Sargon and photographer Adi Talwar are the named honorees.

The stories in that series examine the conflicting interests and deep inequalities that exist in immigration court, where there’s no standing mechanism for providing counsel to the indigent, where the rules of evidence are very different from a criminal or civil courtroom and where the judge and prosecutor both work for the executive branch.

The series was made possible by support from readers and Beacon Reader, an organization that helps journalists crowd-fund their work.

City Limits also won two Ippies and two New York Press Club awards this year and was a finalist for a Deadline Club honor.