2018 • 1 month • Journalism & Media
Invisible Institute is a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago. Its mission is to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable through the use of human rights documentation, investigative reporting, civil rights litigation, the curating of public information, conceptual art projects, and the orchestration of difficult public conversations. The Invisible Institute will partner with, WITNESS -- a New York-based human rights organization that works with community groups to use new media tools and practices to document and seek redress for civil rights violations in the U.S. -- to host a two-day summit in Chicago to explore community-based police accountability strategies. It will bring together journalists, data analysts, legal experts, community-based police accountability advocates and archivists to explore strategies for making data related to police violence more visible and accountable to communities, especially those with a heavy police presence.
2016 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment
The Invisible Institute supports efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department through documentation, disclosure, transparency, and investigative reporting. The Institute obtains police records through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and releases police abuse allegations in easily searchable online formats. It provides individual citizens with data and tools to obtain official records, and documents the experiences of young Chicagoans’ interaction with officers, facilitating the public’s ability to advocate for reform. Through investigative reporting, it scrutinizes police actions and presses for greater accountability to the public. General operating support enables the Invisible Institute to pursue these efforts and build its internal capacity in an era of greater public demand for information.