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We Have Rights: Defending & Empowering Immigrant Communities in 2018

By: | posted on: Jun 20, 2018

Date(s) - 06/20/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Brooklyn Defender Services & the New York Civil Liberties Union


The lives and rights of immigrants are currently under siege in America. Raids and arrests by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) are terrorizing communities and tearing families apart. We Have Rights, a series of powerful animated short films, was created to empower these communities to safely defend themselves and exercise their rights during encounters with ICE, while exposing the practices of immigration authorities to a broader audience.

Join Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) & the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) for an up-close look into the work being done to defend and empower immigrant communities in 2018. The evening will feature a screening of the We Have Rightsseries, and a conversation led by Gaby del Valle, a journalist focusing on the human impact of immigration enforcement.Reception and interactive experience to follow in the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Media Arts Gallery.

About We Have Rights

Since launching in April, the We Have Rights series has been accessed by over 3 million people. Based on real life stories and interactions with ICE, the series is available in seven languages, and is voiced by celebrities and activists, including Jesse Williams, Kumail Nanjiani, Diane Guerrero, and Linda Sarsour.

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This event will explore the current immigration landscape within which We Have Rights was created, and the movements, advocacy, and cutting-edge legal work now underway to defend immigrant rights. This conversation will by led by Gaby del Valle, journalist focusing on the human impact of immigration enforcement, and will feature:

  • Andrea Saenz, Director of BDS’s New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP)
  • Michael Kleiman, Co-Director of We Have Rights
  • Jose Perez, BDS immigration client and consultant on the series
  • Paige Austin, Immigration Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union

This event is free with reserved ticket. Doors open at 6pm and event starts at 6:30. Space is limited.


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