Eye on Texas: Family Detention

South Texas Family Residential Center
Ilana Panich-Linsman
Residents line up for a meal at Dilley’s South Texas Family Residential Center, the largest immigrant detention center in the United States.

At one point when I was at the detention center with a New York Times reporter, women surrounded us, asking for help getting out. “Tell our stories, show our faces,” they said. It was an unsettling experience.

South Texas Family Residential Center
Ilana Panich-Linsman
Toys in a school classroom at the center in Dilley.

In the six months since the photos were taken, the situation has changed. The women’s asylum requests are being processed more quickly and more people have been released to stay with relatives and friends.

Karnes County Residential Center
Ilana Panich-Linsman
An empty intake waiting room at the Karnes County Residential Center, which houses mothers and children primarily from Central America.

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Ilana Panich-Linsman is a freelance documentary photographer based in Austin. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s photojournalism program and holds a Master's degree in photojournalism and documentary photography from the University of the Arts, London.

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