"Making Injustice Legible: A Conversation on Narrative Journalism and the Law"
Sarah Stillman will talk about the process of turning complex legal issues into readable narratives, using examples from three recent investigations for The New Yorker: stories on civil asset forfeiture, the police use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs, and the trafficking of foreign workers onto U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bio: Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a visiting scholar at N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She won a National Magazine Award and Overseas Press Club Award for her reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan on labor abuses and human trafficking on U.S. military bases there. Her reporting on the high-risk use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs received a George Polk Award and the Molly National Journalism Prize. She has written on topics ranging from civil forfeiture to amateur drone-builders, Mexico's drug cartels to Bangladesh's garment factory workers.