Photography & Writing by Brian Tropiano
Several years ago, when I first became a photographer, I had the opportunity to travel to a number of the international field offices of International Justice Mission (IJM) and document stories of the lives that had been rescued through the courageous work. IJM is a human-rights organization that partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems and these experiences were some of the most formative for me, discovering the power of a photograph and storytelling.
On my first trip to the field with IJM, I traveled to Guatemala City with IJM’s Founder and President Gary Haugen to document the casework being done. One story from this trip was particularly horrifying, and exposed me to the cruelty happening everyday amongst our world’s poor.