The Long Road To ‘Asylum City’: New Project Chronicles Plight Of Chicago Refugees

COMMUNITY AREA #1: Rogers Park—90 Days, 90 Voices

90 Days, 90 Voices is raising money so its journalists can spend the next year reporting on asylum seekers in Chicago.

ROGERS PARK — A team of journalists will spend a year reporting on people seeking asylum in Chicago as they try to shine a light on what refugees experience when coming to the United States.

The stories will be part of a 90 Days, 90 Voices project called “Asylum City: Stories of Immigration and Sanctuary.” The project brings together the 90 Days, 90 Voices team — a group of Chicago journalists covering refugees — to tell the stories of people seeking asylum in the United States through a series of photo essays, stories and a graphic novel…

This story was written by Kelly Bauer and originally published on Block Club Chicago in partnership with Chicago Ideas and The 77 Project. Continue reading here.


The 77 Project is a storytelling and media project presented in partnership with Xfinity with additional support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help redefine the narrative of our neighborhoods from the inside out. We’ll spend the remainder of 2018 shining a light on organizations and individuals in each of the 77 community areas of Chicago who are making a positive impact. Know someone we should speak with? Recommend them here.

Vanessa M. Buenger is the director of marketing & content at Chicago Ideas. She is passionate about storytelling and the power it has to change the world.

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