Rivkin, Amanda Photographs, Chicago Police Torture Survivors

Dates: 2015 August-2016 August. Size: 2 linear feet in 1 oversize folder. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Twelve 16” x 24” portraits by photographer Amanda Rivkin depict present-day survivors of systematic torture by the Chicago Police Department, which occurred from approximately 1972 to 1991 under the direction of former Commander Jon Burge. Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2010. In 2015, the Chicago City Council passed a reparations ordinance that provided monetary compensation and other benefits to victims of Burge-era torture. Following the passage of the ordinance, Rivkin received a grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation to photograph and record the stories of the survivors. [Finding aid]