Voices from See Us, Support Us: Jacobia Dahm

Throughout #SeeUsSupportUs month, we will highlight the voices of people directly impacted by parental incarceration. Below is a contribution from Jacobia Dahm, a Berlin based photographer, who took photos of some Osborne participants en-route to visit their incarcerated loved ones. Jacobia generously contributed five of her photographs to the See Us Support Us campaign this year. You can see the rest of her "In Transit" collection at her website. 

Jacobia is a Berlin based photographer who worked alongside the Osborne Association a few years ago to meet families impacted by incarceration for this photo project. Some of the families in the pictures are Osborne participants.

Jacobia describes her project: 

"With 2.3 million people in prison, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. An estimated 2.7 million American children have a parent in prison and the toll on families is immense. More than 80,000 people are currently incarcerated in New York State alone. After sentencing, prisoners are assigned to faraway places and children often lose a parent whose physical presence is essential for their emotional wellbeing. Ties are broken, and the effects on the most vulnerable population are immeasurable.

Every Friday and Saturday night hundreds of New Yorkers, mostly women, many with children, get on private buses and mini vans to drive all night in order to see their husbands, brothers, mothers, fathers, friends. This journey sets out from the bustling hubs of New York, yet it is invisible to most outsiders. The overnight bus ride to the different prisons hundreds of miles north of the city is a long one, often marked by anxiety, sadness, and exhaustion."

Look at Jacobia's Dahm's collection, "In Transit: The Prison Buses", here.

You can also view her short film "In Transit" here.