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Using Storytelling as a Public Health Tool

by Praveena Fernes Photo from Our Voice Community Meeting I was 15 when I was first introduced to best practices in storytelling through Voice of Witness (VOW), an organization that illuminates contemporary [...]

From the Archives: Juan Melendez in Surviving Justice

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we're resurfacing powerful stories from every book in our oral history book series. Though time has passed since [...]

Dad Deserved Better

by Joe Garcia Joe Garcia is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through [...]

Oral History, Memory, and Aging

by Cliff Mayotte Our Education Team with the Global Brain Heath Institute's Atlantic Fellows at Trinity College, Dublin. Personal stories are a powerful way to share the rich, multi-dimensional nature of [...]

I Ran a Marathon in Prison

by Steve Brooks Steve Brooks is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected [...]

Oral History as Social Justice

2019 marks an exciting milestone for Voice of Witness, as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary as a nonprofit, and of our education program. We're proud to have grown our education program into a mighty team of [...]

From Solito to Solidarity

By Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman Gabriel and Soledad, narrators in Solito, Solita, unfurl the Honduran flag in support of refugees. When we began interviewing youth refugees from Central America four and [...]

Oral History at San Quentin Prison

by Cliff Mayotte Image courtesy of the Prison University Project The Voice of Witness education team is always looking for opportunities to create deeper engagement and partnership with the communities represented [...]

10 Actions to End Solitary Confinement

Six by ten feet. That’s the average size of the cell in which tens of thousands of people incarcerated in the United States linger for weeks, months, and even decades in solitary confinement. With little stimulation and no meaningful human contact, [...]