Best of AP — Honorable Mention


AP reveals efforts to bring IS to justice for slave trade

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Layla Taloo reacts in Tal Afar, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2019, as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014. It was the last place she saw her husband. – AP Photo / Maya Alleruzzo

Beirut-based reporter Sarah El Deeb and Middle East photojournalist Maya Alleruzzo spotlighted efforts by international investigators to bring the Islamic State to justice for the slavery of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority. The story, which took nearly a year, built on investigators’ documents and El Deeb’s reporting in Iraq and Syria to track down former slaves, owners and those who witnessed the enslavement, all complemented by powerful photos and video of women who had been trafficked.

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