photographic & graphic arts

U.S. Immigration Court Backlog


U.S. Immigration Court Backlog Infographic

The United States Immigration Court system is backlogged almost 700,000 cases. Some people are waiting approximately 20 years for their hearing. Of those 700,000 people over 88,000 of them are unaccompanied and unrepresented minors. These minors, some as young as three years old are representing themselves in court.



I first researched the topic and gathered data for the 2018 fiscal year. Then, I went through various sketches attempting to organize the information. I worked through organizing it by wait date, number of pending cases, and finally settled on nationality.



To bring awareness to this cause I developed an infographic displaying the number of pending cases, the wait time, and the number of unaccompanied and unrepresented minors per nationality. The inner ring displays the number of pending cases, the outer ring shows the approximate wait time, and the color represents the number of unrepresented minors.



Mexico has approximately 25,000 unaccompanied and unrepresented minors, 146,348 pending cases, and an approximate wait time totaling 4 years.



Albania has approximately 100 unaccompanied minors, 1,161 pending cases, and a wait time of approximately 20 years.



This project taught me about research and organization. I found that there are many ways to organize data, however the real challenge is making an overwhelming amount of information digestible to the average viewer, as well as aesthetically pleasing.