Searching for Interview Subjects …
I am conducting a nationwide investigation for Human Rights Watch on the prolonged isolation of youth under 18 held in adult jails and prisons. This project will focus on documenting and advocating against human rights violations that stem from subjecting youth to isolation for medical, disciplinary or protective reasons.
I am searching for people to interview including, but not limited to the following:
1. Youth with first-hand knowledge about isolation or who were held in isolation while in an ‘adult’ jail or prison while they were under 18 years old.
2. Family Members or Friends affected by a loved one being subjected to isolation while in an ‘adult’ jail or prison.
3. Attorneys representing youth in criminal proceedings or adjudications.
4. State professionals such as social workers, corrections professionals probation officers, judges, prosecutors, guardians ad litem, treatment or medical service providers, or teachers or educators who work in jails or prisons, etc.
Interviews with a wide variety of people will be essential to the success of this investigation and publication of findings. We want to help tell the stories of those who have been impacted by isolation.
Each interview will focus specifically on the issue of isolation, its impact on youth who are isolated and how and why isolation is used in adult jails and prison. Every interviewee will have the right to refuse participation or end the interview as well as to request and be provided with guarantees that names and any other identifying information will not be published. Interviews can take place in person in a private location in the community or by phone.
Please contact me by email or phone with the name and contact information of the potential interviewees. If the person of does not have access to email or phone, please contact me so we can discuss alternate ways to reach out to them. My contact information is listed below:
Ian M. Kysel
Researcher and Aryeh Neier Fellow
Human Rights Watch
New York, NY 10118-3299
tel. (212) 377-9427