Families for Freedom recently participated in the New York premiere and screening of ELVIRA (2009), a film by Javier Solórzano Casarín. As part of a series of post-9/11 country-wide airport raids in search of terrorists, Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman working as a janitor at O'Hare International Airport, was arrested and convicted of Social Security fraud. On the date she was ordered to appear before immigration authorities, she took refuge at a Methodist church where she remained for 12 months, fighting to remain in the United States. She ultimately was deported to Mexico in 2007 and separated from her American-born son. ELVIRA narrates the drama of the undocumented mother who became an international symbol of the struggle of the rights of undocumented workers.
Abraham Paulos, Executive Director of Families for Freedom participated in the discussion and you can listen to the audio here.
Film Screening and Discussion: Indocumentales / Undocumentaries - ELVIRA by ASCOA You can check out the video of the trailer in Spanish below and english coming soon: