Second Chance- Michele Zousmer

“I want to make the invisible, visible.
I want to give the voiceless a voice” 

Over the past 15 years of her career, “Photojournalist for Social Change” Michele Zousmer has used her camera to do just that, having traveled to more than 60 countries including Nepal, Tibet, Namibia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Peru and India, photographing diverse populations. But it is her work in San Diego that inspired Second Chance to include a gallery of her photographs in our May 20 fundraising event, “Orange is the New Black Season 2.”

Michele spent a year and a half working in the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility with women in a reentry program, gaining their trust and friendship. She quickly felt a strong connection with the ladies and used her camera to tell their stories.  She describes them as strong women who have faced difficult situations many of us cannot even imagine.

Michele has generously donated some of her Las Colinas photographs to Second Chance. “I am privileged to have Second Chance use my images to help put a face to their important work.”

The photos are 22 x 16 and are mounted on ½-inch Gatorboard, which eliminates the need for mattes and frames. If you would like to purchase one of Michele’s remarkable photos for your own collection or donate one to Second Chance, please contact Dawn at 619-839-0964 or, to arrange a viewing. Cost per photo is $150.00 with all proceeds benefitting Second Chance.

To see more of Michele’s work, visit