Rosa's Miracle

In 2018, Rosa began a seemingly impossible journey with her four children. She joined over 7,000 people and walked from Honduras to the United States’ southern border. While she walked through sand storms, deserts, over freezing mountains and through raging rivers the world watched in rapt attention with their mouths agape.

Rosa’s Miracle is a retelling of her journey to the United States told through spectacularly beautiful images steeped in dignity and celebration.


Mourner's Walk

Last October New Yorkers came together to mourn those we had lost. The creative action consisted of artists and activists walking through Jackson Heights, Queens — the epicenter of the pandemic in New York City.

In the Fall of 2020 when more than 300,000 people had died of COVID-19 in the United States. Deaths were rising every day, and it felt like there was no end in sight to the pandemic. Despite the enormous number of casualties, there hadn’t been an official national mourning, or any public moments of silence to honor the dead. We had not been able to collective grieve. Each family was left to navigate their own tragedies.

We wanted to change that.


I Am A Child

The world was outraged and the photos quickly went viral on social media with the quote:

“A child is a child no matter what country they were born in.

 

A child is a child even when they cross the border.

 

A child's desire to stay with their parents is a human right.

 

In homage to the iconic I AM A MAN photo.

 

I am proud to present I AM A CHILD.”

— Paola Mendoza

In June 2018, Paola Mendoza conceived and was the creative director for the I AM A CHILD campaign. She created the campaign to protest the Trump Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Inspired by Ernest Withers’ photograph from 1968 of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, the initial I AM A CHILD photo shoot with photographer, Kisha Bari and producer Becky Morrison occurred in New York City on the steps of Immigration and Customs Enforcement building featuring 40 children, ages three to ten.


Family Separation Art Installation

On the year anniversary of Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy Paola placed a life size art installation in front of the Capitol Building, in Washington DC.

The art installation was a searing reminder to our nation’s leaders that hundreds of children still remained forcibly separated from their parents.


The Caravan

As a storyteller and immigration rights activist, Paola’s work tried to shine a light on each person’s unique and individual story of love, resilience and hope. These are their truths.

Paola traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to join the caravan of Central American refugees to document their stories as they traveled to the U.S. border in hopes of being granted asylum.

It was during this time that Trump overhauled the asylum application process and made it more difficult for refugees to even request the asylum they are so desperately in need of.


Resistance Revival Chorus

Paola is a co-founder of The Resistance Revival Chorus. The RRC is a collective of more than 60 womxn who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance and to uplift and center women’s voices.

The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the movement is strong, the music is strong” and the RRC attempts to live up to that call.


Dream Killers

DREAM Killers was a performance art protest demanding that Congress pass a clean DREAM Act in 2017. Hundreds of people came together in an act of creative resistance to protect the 800,000 people who were at risk of losing DACA.


Women's March

As a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Women’s March Paola was instrumental in mobilizing over 5 million people to the streets on January 21st, 2017.

With over 653 marches in the United States alone the Women’s March was the largest single day protest in the history of the United States.

#TogetherWeRise


Joy to the Polls

As lead creative strategist Paola launched a movement to bring joy to the democratic process & make voting a celebration in 2020 and beyond.


Families Belong Together

Paola was a lead organizer for the Families Belong Together marches which mobilized ten of thousands of people across the country against the Trump administration’s cruel and horrific family separation policy in 2018.