TUE, APR 14, 2020
The Loft Cinema / FREE
In Person: Joining filmmaker Lisa Molomot for a post-screening discussion will be the attorney featured in the film: Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the UA School of Law, Shefali Desai.
Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Molomot and writer/teacher/lawyer Shefali Desai teamed up to make a short film telling the story of a young woman from Central America who was imprisoned in the Eloy Detention Facility when she sought asylum in the United States in 2017. Soledad set out on a perilous journey from her homeland after enduring horrific persecution where she was kidnapped, sex-trafficked, tortured and nearly killed. Desai, who took the case pro bono from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Immigration Clinic, mobilized a dream team of professional women, all of whom agreed to work for free on the case. Together, they secured Soledad’s release from Eloy and ultimately prevailed on her asylum claim.
Recent changes to our country’s asylum laws–including refusals to release asylum seekers from incarceration, stripping immigration judges of independent decision-making, and failure to review each case on its own unique merits–are drastically reducing the chances that women like Soledad will be granted asylum in the U.S. The result is that many women are being sent back to their countries where they face death sentences. This timely story highlights the challenges of the U.S. asylum system and the importance of legal representation to this highly vulnerable population.