In 2017 there were 2,400 immigrant children being detained by the United States. As of November 28, 2018, the number was over 14,000 and counting.

This art installation represents the over 14,000 children who are currently being detained by the U.S. government. The milk cartons are a nod to the missing children campaign that ran throughout the U.S. from the early 80’s to the late 90’s. Each carton is a visual representation of an immigrant child being held in detention centers across the country.  The text on the cartons represents what they are missing - their family, community, and most importantly their childhood.

As a result of the strict policies being created by the current administration, the number of detained children has risen from 2,400 in 2017 to 14,000 in 2018, and this figure continues to increase. Many of these families and children are seeking refuge from poverty and violence. American corporations are making around $750 per day to house each child in prison-like conditions.

We encourage everyone to spread awareness of the most preeiminent civil rights issue of our time and demand change. We can no longer ignore this topic and must insist that humane policies are created for children and their families. 

The sign on site, next to the installation, and the website are in English and Spanish. On, there is more information about the issue, people can find out how they can help, and a (working) op-ed video will go live providing broader context for the issue with possible solutions.

72U is a creative residency housed within the global advertising agency 72andSunny. 72U’s mission is to create positive social change through radical creativity while exploring the intersection of art, technology, and culture. 72U invited nine creatives from around the world to collaborate and use their skills to address one of the most contentious issues of our time - immigration policy and the separation of families in the United States.  

Traecy Smith, Catherine Roscart, Tyler Hicks, Ginger Quintanilla, Daniel Kim, Jacqueline Miller, Federico Zoppei, Raja Mani, Wale Agboola, Taylor Alley, Cristina Marquez,  IM Creations, NowArt L.A.

Installation: Product Designer/ Art Director
Documentary: Producer


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