2019 Digital Storytelling Contest, Short, 1st Prize

The Legacy of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy: Traumatized Children With No Access to Treatment


Univision News Digital

Adayanci Pérez is one of more than 2,500 children who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border as part of Donald Trump’s 'Zero Tolerance' policy. The six-year-old Guatemalan girl was away from her family for three-and-a-half months, and before being allowed to return to her family in Guatemala she was diagnosed with acute trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. This film shows the reality of the policy’s legacy, and gives a voice to those who are not always heard.

Production team

    Director/cinematographer/editor: Almudena Toral

    Reporter and producer: Lorena Arroyo

    Reporter and producer: Cindy Karp

    Co-editor: Andrea Patiño Contreras

    Graphics: Mauricio Rodríguez Pons