POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Impact 2019–Immigration Status

First Place

Manu Brabo / Associated Press
“Wandering Migrants”

Second Place

Andre Liohn / Wall Street Journal

Third Place

Abraham Pineda-Jacome / Zuma Press

Award of Excellence

Jacob Garcia / Reuters

Award of Excellence

Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Andre Liohn / Freelance

Second Place


A Nigerian migrant detained in the Tajoura Detention Center for migrants outside Tripoli, Libya on Aug. 6, 2019.

A pact to halt illegal migration between Italy and Libya, and backed by the European Union, has made the Libyan Coast Guard the de facto border patrol for Europe. The Coast Guard is responsible for intercepting migrants and putting them in detention centers where they are often caught up in Libya's constant fighting and preyed upon by militias.