For the past six years, Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac focused their multimedia storytelling on the negative impact of mass incarceration. Most recently, their projects highlight the plight of children whose parents are in prisons or jails. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent and approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives.
Separation due to a parent’s incarceration can be as painful as other forms of parental loss and even more complicated because of the stigma, and lack of social support and compassion that accompanies it. Children have difficulty visiting their parents and often lose contact. Black children are seven times more likely than white children to have an incarcerated parent.
Smithsonian Magazine recently published a selection of Gabriela's and Mark's photographs from their ongoing project "Locked Apart: the Impact of Incarceration on Families": http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/everyday-struggle-child-parents-incarcerated-180961438. You can also view more of their work here: http://gabrielabulisova.com/