Michelle Angela Ortiz is a Rauschenberg Foundation 2017 Artist as Activist Fellow: Racial Justice + Mass Incarceration.
Michelle Angela Ortiz will expand her Familias Separadas project to focus on the trauma caused to families by detention of undocumented mothers and children. The expanded project will seek to inspire in-depth conversations about the criminalization of Latino immigrant communities that feeds the deportation and mass incarceration system. Families (both inside and outside of detention centers) will be provided with a creative outlet to share their stories, reflect, and find ways to heal the trauma caused by detention. Through the installation of a series of temporary public artworks in various locations in Pennsylvania, Familias Separadas will create a platform to discuss the inhumane treatment of detained families and to further support the national fight to end family detention.