Kirsten Luce@kirstenluce

here + there. photojournalist.

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Kirsten Luce

Last month, I traveled to the Amazon to document 22 animals being rescued from Puerto Alegria, Peru, a village known for keeping animals illegally for “selfie tourism.” Colombian NGO @fentropika investigated the village and found that the animals were treated poorly and would die quickly in captivity. They would be replaced by new animals poached from the wild and the cycle would continue.

Here a sloth is transported by a veterinarian from CREA, a rehab center in Iquitos, Peru.
Shot for @natgeo, link in bio.


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After 9/11, the Border Patrol was absorbed by Homeland Security and personnel grew from 10,000 to 19,000 today. Over half are Latino, like the majority of Border residents.
In this week’s @nymag, writer Mattathias Schwartz looks at the Border Patrol in the age of Trump.


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Two Guatemalan families wait for the Border Patrol after crossing into Texas. This sandy stretch of land on the Rio Grande called Rincón is the busiest place for migrants to cross. Many are surprised to know that there’s already a border wall here but in order to be structurally sound on a river delta, it is located a mile north of the actual border. Thousands cross here each month and turn themselves in long before they encounter the wall. For @nymag, link in profile.


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As the caravans headed north towards Tijuana, it was business as usual in the Rio Grande Valley with 20,717 reported apprehensions in November alone. The vast majority of these migrants pay a smuggler to float them across the river and drop them in Texas where they turn themselves in for asylum. For this week’s @nymag, link in profile.


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anonymous corporate hotel, border edition


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First glimpse of a birch forest with her fall colors on.


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Chapo’s nephew hosts a barbecue in La Tuna, an isolated village in the mountains of Sinaloa where Chapo was born and raised. Shot on assignment for @time, link in bio.


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Lacey celebrates her quinceañera overlooking the city if Culiacán, Mexico, a stronghold of the infamous Sinaloa cartel. For @time. Link in bio.


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A flower vendor in Culiacán, Mexico, a stronghold of Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. As the notorious drug kingpin faces federal charges in Brooklyn, we traveled to Mexico to visit where he came from. On assignment with @time magazine.


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Fishermen from Mexico maneuver their boat on the Rio Grande River. Many families continue to use the river for swimming and recreation, it’s not just for military exercises.


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Cooling off in the Rio Grande on a hot, sunny day.


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Two men bathe their horses in the Rio Grande while shooing away the Homeland Security helicopter because it was spooking their animals. It’s easy to forget that millions of people call the border home and to many of them, the river is still a place to cool off and unwind. NYC friends: come see me talk about this photo and others at @popupmagazine tonight! x


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