Apr 9, 2018
The purpose of law is to serve our communities by leveling the
playing field and creating a more just society. Documentary
photographer Deborah Espinosa believes that the only way to know if
a law is serving us is to listen to those most
impacted. Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for
Life in Washington State is a multi-media and civic
engagement project about how the State of Washington sentences
people not just to prison, but to a lifetime of debt.
Failure to make monthly payments for “legal financial
obligations” that are due in the wake of prison time can result in
arrest, and the loss of housing, jobs, and children. Espinosa and a
panel of individuals featured in Living with Conviction
joined us to share their stories of trying to survive and thrive
under court-imposed costs, fees, fines, and victim restitution.
Deborah Espinosa is the
founder of Living with Conviction. She is an attorney
and a photographer who combines her legal training and visual
storytelling skills to advocate for the rights of the poor and
marginalized, both at home and in Africa. She also works to
strengthen those rights by providing legal technical assistance to
state and national governments, primarily in the global
Peter DiCampo is a photojournalist and
documentary photographer. He is the co-founder of Everyday
Africa, the Instagram-based project that has become a global
phenomenon expanding perceptions of Africa. His work has been
featured in the New York Times, BBC World Service, TIME, National
Geographic, and numerous other publications.
Recorded live at University Lutheran Church by Town Hall Seattle
on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.