2017 was a year of growth. It was heartbreaking and it was rewarding. My family said goodbye to my granddad and my cousin welcomed a baby girl into the world. We faced big challenges, but I’m so grateful that I had the chance to meet people and share stories all over the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Thank you to my family, my partner, my friends and editors for your support this year. You mean the world to me. 

Some victories:
Having photos (until February 2018!) included in an exhibit at Museo Regional de Cholula in San Andés Cholula, Puebla, Mexico alongside my inspiring colleagues Griselda San Martin and Elaine Cromie.

Joining the Women Photograph initiative thanks to Daniella Zalcman’s fearless and tireless work. And having a photo of mine included in Women Photograph’s Insider/Outsider exhibition curated by Zalcman, Mallory Benedict and Sara Ickow at UPI’s Photoville in Brooklyn, NYC.

Collaborating with my friend and phenomenal writer Fernanda Santos on stories that helped show how national immigration policy reverberates in peoples real lives in Arizona. Our stories were published in English, Spanish and Portuguese in national and international publications.

Eric and I moved into an apartment in downtown Phoenix together in September. 

Getting to travel a lot. On assignment and during free time I got outside and visited Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument and drove over 15,000 miles.

I read 18 books, the most I’ve ever read in a year!

And now, photographs of this years highs and lows. Thanks so much for looking.

A truck with a horse trailer drives through the elongating shadows Dec. 8 in Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation. For The New York Times

Resistance in Phoenix, Arizona

Feyisa Lelisa stretches before a training run Feb. 20 in Flagstaff, Ariz. where he has been training with a few elite North African athletes after a protest at the Rio Olympics made it impossible to return to Ethiopia. Lilesa trains at 6,909’ altitude in Flagstaff, which is just under 7,726′ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For ESPN

Kendrick Lamar for The New York Times

Deferred Action for Childhood Arivals recipients and allies pray and react after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump administration was rescinding DACA in six months on Sept. 5, 2017 at the UFCW Local 99 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Migrants eat at a soup kitchen March 1 in Heroica Caborca, Mexico for The New York Times.

Aracely and Jazmin at Jazmin’s prom in Phoenix, Ariz.

Former Biological Resource Center intern Emily Glynn, 24, poses for a portrait at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona December 17, 2017. “Over the course of the internship, I stripped subcutaneous fat from the vertebrae of a cervical spine, practiced performing [incisions to the throat], sutured dismembered legs using an oversized needle and twine, and decapitated an elderly woman with what looked and sounded like a chainsaw from Home Depot,” Glynn wrote. “Not once did I receive formal training or instruction.”   For REUTERS

Guadalupe García de Rayos spends time with her son, Angel, 16, who is a U.S. citizen at the Hotel Fray Marcos on Feb. 9 in Nogales, Mex. She was arrested at a routine ICE appointment on Feb. 8 and deported to Nogales earlier in the day. For The New York Times

Savannah Cunningham stands for a portrait March 12 at EOS Fitness in Tempe, Ariz. Cunningham was targeted and harassed online after a nude photo she sent to a former boyfriend was posted and shared among Marines on social media. “I shared it with someone I loved and trusted,” she told me. Now she’s preparing to head to basic training on May 1. She enlisted three years ago with the Marines, originally pursuing an officer track. She changed paths and re-enlisted, this time with the intent to go to boot camp and gain the experience she believes will make her a better leader in the future.For The New York Times

Armin Walser at his home March 9 in Tucson, Ariz. Walser is a chemist who invented midazolam, which is a barbituate that was intended as a replacement for Valium. It has since been used in lethal injections during death penalty sentences, including a botched execution in 2014 in Arizona which led the state to vow to stop using the drug. For The New York Times

North Carolina Tar Heels student fans Alex Pritts and Ryan Herron, and other students  react to their team defeating the Oregon Ducks  during the Oregon vs. North Carolina game at the Final Four in the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale Arizona. for ESPN

Chinle High School Basketball Team, Chinle, Navajo Nation

Elizabeth O’Hara graduates from Indiana University in May in Bloomington, Ind.

Runners compete during the Canyon de Chelly Ultra Marathon on Oct. 14 in Chinle, Ariz. The national monument is usually off limits to those who aren’t tribal members as it is one of the holiest sites on the Navajo Nation. For The New York Times

Aguíles del Desierto search and rescue crew mark off an area where human remains were found on May 27, 2017 in the Cabeza Prieta wilderness near Ajo, Arizona. For The Guardian Observer Magazine

Yandy headquarters on Aug. 31, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. for Cosmopolitan

Rana Sodhi, right, lost his brother in a hate crime in Sept. 2001. For BuzzFeed News.

Patrick Peterson for ESPN

Carletta Tilousi, a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council stands for a portrait Jan. 6 in Supai, Ariz. for The New York Times

Kathleen Muldoon helps her son Gideon Dobson, 3, stretch as he wakes up at their home on March 23 in Peoria, Ariz. Gideon was born with cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that is not harmful to healthy adults but can be dangerous when contracted during pregnancy. Gideon has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, visual impairment due to brain damage, epilepsy, and microcephaly For NPR.

A migrant man runs to catch a ride on a commercial train from Central America north March 2 in Heroica Caborca, Mexico. Many of the injuries a migrant person faces on the journey are a result of La Bestia, The Beast.

Dia De Los Muertos in South Phoenix, Arizona

Anti-Trump protest in Phoenix, Arizona

Survivor of the Tucson mass shooting Patricia Maisch for The Huffington Post

Maria Cruz Ramirez, right, comforts Bertha Martinez in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 25, 2017, after controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Trump. For REUTERS

The Arizona One uranium mine near the Grand Canyon for The New York Times

A woman who asked to be identified by her initials, X.C., stands for a portrait at Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, a non-profit group that provides legal services and advocacy for immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. She is a survivor of rape and trafficking while seeking asylum in the United States from El Salvador where she was fleeing gang violence. in 2017 she was granted a T-Visa, for victims of trafficking and has temporary legal status.

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