Because of the Thai/Burmese relationships these illegal Burmese have no refugee status, which gives the children no rights to attend school or health care for the families. Many of the older siblings stay home to take care of the younger children while their parents work at the port, on fishing boast or doing menial construction labor.

Alison Wright 212-828-6417 United States

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Documentary, social conscious issues, human rights, traditional cultures,

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Alison Wright, an award-winning documentary photographer and author, travels to all regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition. She is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and an Explorers Club Fellow. She was awarded “The Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry, 2014” by Premier Traveler magazine and was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels "with a sense of passion and purpose."She has published ten books including “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit,” a series of portraits celebrating our diverse tapestry of humanity.

Alison’s photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and she has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands and Smithsonian.

Her experience working in post disaster/conflict areas inspired her to establish a foundation called Faces of Hope (; a non-profit that globally supports women and children’s rights by creating visual awareness and donating directly to grass-roots organizations that help sustain them through education and healthcare.

Alison’s life was nearly cut short during a devastating bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Her best-selling memoir, “Learning to Breathe; One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” chronicles her inspirational story of survival, the years of rehabilitation and her ongoing determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid visual storyteller.

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