Raid on Polygamy – First Place Photo Essay – SPJ

Eldorado, Texas - In April 2008, Child Protective Services (CPS) raided a polygamous sect's Texas ranch and removed 416 children after receiving phone calls, now believed to be a hoax, from someone claiming to be an abused sixteen-year-old girl. This raid on the FLDS Church's YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch became the largest child custody case in United States history. Here, on the first night of removals, young FLDS women and children are taken into shelter at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas.

This edit of my work on the Texas raid on the YFZ Ranch that won 1st place from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners. I could only submit twelve photographs in which to tell the story.

YFZ Revisited – April 14, 2008 – Marie

Eldorado - FLDS women speak to the media after they were removed from their children Monday, April 14, 2008, at the YFZ "Yearning for Zion" Ranch. This was the first time that the media was invited onto the ranch; 04.14.2008. Marie

Originally published on December 8, 2008. Last post from the media availability with FLDS women on the YFZ Ranch after they were removed from their children by CPS. This is Marie, who had three children taken in from her earlier in the day. From Marie’s personal account of the raid: We loaded into vehicles and…

Women of the FLDS Speak – Marie

As the FLDS women began to tell journalists about having their children taken into state’s custody I began circling the group, looking for the most promising person to photograph. I guess in these situations we often are drawn to the most dramatic scenes. But it’s not like this was the only person upset. Being removed…

YFZ Revisited – April 14, 2008 – Media at YFZ

Eldorado - FLDS women speak to the media after they were removed from their children Monday, April 14, 2008, at the YFZ "Yearning for Zion" Ranch. This was the first time that the media was invited onto the ranch; 04.14.2008

Originally published on December 5, 2008. More photos from the first ever FLDS media opportunity at the YFZ Ranch, this time focusing on the journalists and media that were there. You know how I said before that it turned into a mix and mingle? See: Marie got a lot of attention. She was obviously very…

YFZ – Meeting the Mothers

Eldorado – FLDS women speak to the media after they were removed from their children Monday, April 14, 2008, at the YFZ “Yearning for Zion” Ranch. This was the first time that (all) media was invited onto the ranch.