I understood their feelings of pain, of loss, of loneliness, of helplessness — and eventually, of wanting to use the traumatic experiences to help others. I could never have predicted how much the women and their stories would affect me. We ended up supporting each other. We continue to do so.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth is an internationally published freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. Her assignments for prestigious publications including The New York Times, have taken her around the world. Roth was part of The Los Angeles Times staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News, for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.