Kimberly Ballinger poses for a portrait in her apartment in Harlem. Her fiance, Akai Gurley, was killed by a police officer in the stairwell of a housing project in Brooklyn in late 2014. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.   

Kimberly Ballinger poses for a portrait in her apartment in Harlem. Her fiance, Akai Gurley, was killed by a police officer in the stairwell of a housing project in Brooklyn in late 2014. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.

 

 G. (name changed to protect identity) poses for a portrait in her home in East New York, Brooklyn. G. suffered a rape at the hands of a classmate at her middle school and then was asked to transfer to a different school. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.

G. (name changed to protect identity) poses for a portrait in her home in East New York, Brooklyn. G. suffered a rape at the hands of a classmate at her middle school and then was asked to transfer to a different school. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.

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 Angela, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, attends the senior prom on June 8, 2016. 

Angela, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, attends the senior prom on June 8, 2016. 

 Alice, 18, and her son Mustafa, 1, sit in the waiting room before going to meet a social worker in Kissy, Sierra Leone on April 26, 2016. Alice's whole family perished during the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone in 2014, and around the same time she met a man who later abandoned her when she became pregnant. Since he left, she has abandoned her schooling and supports herself and her baby through odd jobs.

Alice, 18, and her son Mustafa, 1, sit in the waiting room before going to meet a social worker in Kissy, Sierra Leone on April 26, 2016. Alice's whole family perished during the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone in 2014, and around the same time she met a man who later abandoned her when she became pregnant. Since he left, she has abandoned her schooling and supports herself and her baby through odd jobs.

 Zaimah Abdullah, politician and social worker, poses for a portrait while attending Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Newark, New Jersey on July 18, 2015.

Zaimah Abdullah, politician and social worker, poses for a portrait while attending Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Newark, New Jersey on July 18, 2015.

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 Kimberly Ballinger poses for a portrait in her apartment in Harlem. Her fiance, Akai Gurley, was killed by a police officer in the stairwell of a housing project in Brooklyn in late 2014. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.   
 G. (name changed to protect identity) poses for a portrait in her home in East New York, Brooklyn. G. suffered a rape at the hands of a classmate at her middle school and then was asked to transfer to a different school. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.
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 Angela, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, attends the senior prom on June 8, 2016. 
 Alice, 18, and her son Mustafa, 1, sit in the waiting room before going to meet a social worker in Kissy, Sierra Leone on April 26, 2016. Alice's whole family perished during the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone in 2014, and around the same time she met a man who later abandoned her when she became pregnant. Since he left, she has abandoned her schooling and supports herself and her baby through odd jobs.
 Zaimah Abdullah, politician and social worker, poses for a portrait while attending Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Newark, New Jersey on July 18, 2015.
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Kimberly Ballinger poses for a portrait in her apartment in Harlem. Her fiance, Akai Gurley, was killed by a police officer in the stairwell of a housing project in Brooklyn in late 2014. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.

 

G. (name changed to protect identity) poses for a portrait in her home in East New York, Brooklyn. G. suffered a rape at the hands of a classmate at her middle school and then was asked to transfer to a different school. Photographed on assignment for Buzzfeed News.

Angela, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, attends the senior prom on June 8, 2016. 

Alice, 18, and her son Mustafa, 1, sit in the waiting room before going to meet a social worker in Kissy, Sierra Leone on April 26, 2016. Alice's whole family perished during the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone in 2014, and around the same time she met a man who later abandoned her when she became pregnant. Since he left, she has abandoned her schooling and supports herself and her baby through odd jobs.

Zaimah Abdullah, politician and social worker, poses for a portrait while attending Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Newark, New Jersey on July 18, 2015.

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