The Wall Street Journal‘s Farnaz Fassihi can add another trophy to her shelf; she’s among the winners of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ RFK Journalism Awards.
Other publications to get the nod included The Washington Post, for its photographic coverage of people near the end of their lives, and the Kansas City Star, for its series on human trafficking in America.
List of winners after the jump.
Domestic Print Winner: “A New Slavery” Human Trafficking in America,” Laura Bauer, Mike McGraw, and Mark Morris, Kansas City Star: The Kansas City Star’s revelatory series exposes America’s weak enforcement system that fails to stop a modern day slave trade of thousands of victims of human trafficking. The team’s impressive reporting results in a distressing collection of individual narratives and a concise legal and policy-based explanation of the nation’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
International Print Winner: “Hearts, Mind, and Blood: The Battle for Iran,” Farnaz Fassihi, The Wall Street Journal: Under great personal danger, Farnaz Fassihi, a native Iranian, captured compelling stories about Iranian resistance and the attempts to silence it. Her series features chilling personal tales from both sides of the issue and has drawn intense reaction among members of the U.S. Congress, academics from around the globe, and members of the Iranian diaspora.
Domestic Photography Winner: “No Greater Love,” Carol Guzy, The Washington Post: “No Greater Love” paints a strong emotional narrative that speaks to the process of dying, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, aging, and home health care. Her work illustrates a situation that connects strongly with viewers, with a story that goes well beyond its expected natural ending. Carol Guzy has an exceptional gift for engaging viewers with the people and issues she chronicles with her camera. Guzy was the RFK Grand Prize Winner in 2009.
International Photography Winner: “In Mexico’s war on drugs, battle lines are drawn in chalk,” Sarah Voisin, The Washington Post: The drug war in Mexico has permeated Mexican life. Sarah Voisin’s gritty and raw photos paint a frightening picture of a burgeoning drug trade just south of our border. Voisin demonstrated tremendous courage, placing herself in a lawless war zone to cover an issue that affects families and governments in the United States and Latin America. The photographer proves herself resilient, resourceful and greatly talented.
Domestic Television Winner: “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” Diane Sawyer, ABC News 20/20: “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” returns viewers to Appalachia more than 40 years after Robert F. Kennedy’s visit there. In this new century, ABC found images and problems strikingly similar to those prevalent in 1968 such as poverty, illiteracy, crime and new concerns such as prescription drug abuse, failing health care and dental decay. In a time of diminishing resources, 20/20’s coverage of an all but forgotten corner of America is an important reminder of the power of journalism to expose inequities.
International Television Winner: “Which Way Home,” Rebecca Cammisa, Home Box Office: This journalist and her crew achieved extraordinary access and devoted months of effort to report on Latin America’s youngest would-be immigrants, children who make harrowing and heartbreaking journeys from destitute homes in search of better lives in the United States. Some make it, some do not, and some die in the process. The documentary includes remarkable footage of the hidden, lonely and dangerous way stations along the freight train routes, as youngsters as young as nine years old seek food, absent parents and any shred of stability in this mass migration of misery.