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2/11 in Washington, DC: “De Novo” Play & Panel Discussion

February 1, 2010

via Meetali Jain, Practitioner-in-Residence, International Human Rights Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law:

De Novo: A Child’s Journey towards a New Life through the U.S. Immigration System

Play and Panel Discussion Presented by the Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

February 11, 2010
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Room 603, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC

5:30 pm Registration
6:00 pm Houses on the Moon Theatre Company presents “De Novo…Part 1: Lil’ Silent”, a play based on the true story of teenage asylum seeker Edgar Chocoy
7:00 pm Intermission (Refreshments Served)
7:15 pm Panel on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children:

  • Moderator: Meetali Jain, Practitioner in Residence, American University Washington College of Law.
  • Jeffrey Solomon, Artistic Director, Founder, Houses on the Moon Theater Company
  • Christopher Nugent, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight
  • Wendy Young, Executive Director, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Panel discussion and play focusing on the experiences of undocumented youth in U.S. immigration custody, thousands of whom make the harrowing journey across the border and through the U.S. system of justice each year. Issues of gang-based asylum claims and U.S. detention of immigrant children will be addressed in a panel discussion featuring experts in the field of immigrant children’s advocacy. The discussion will follow a performance of the play De Novo, an original work inspired by the true story of teenage asylum seeker Edgar Chocoy. The play will be presented by members of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. Wendy Young (Kids in Need of Defense) will provide an introduction to the U.S. immigration system’s treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children and gang-based asylum claims. Christopher Nugent (Holland & Knight) will discuss his experience working with immigrant children, including his role in helping Houses on the Moon to develop the De Novo play. Playwright Jeffrey Solomon will discuss research conducted on the project including review of court transcripts and conversations with immigration attorneys.

RSVP: Please register by clicking on www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration General registration is free but required.

For further information, please contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or secle@wcl.american.edu

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