The Voice of Witness oral history book series amplifies the voices of people directly impacted by—and fighting against—injustice. We use an ethics-driven methodology that combines journalistic integrity and a humanizing, literary approach to oral history.
The series explores issues of race-, gender-, and class-based inequity through the lenses of migration, displacement, and the criminal justice system. We’ve featured a diversity of voices, including those of wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, agricultural workers, Indigenous peoples, communities displaced from public housing, and more. Their personal stories offer readers an engaging understanding of issues that might otherwise seem abstract.
VOW narratives meet a high editorial and literary standard, are rigorously fact-checked, and are supported by appendices that provide contextual information on key structural and systemic factors that influence the issues at hand.
Our books are read by readers of all stripes—from students to policymakers—and are taught worldwide in courses as disparate as social studies, constitutional law, comparative literature, Middle East Studies, and restorative justice.