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A documentary film 
Victoria Bruce: Director 
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SYNOPSIS 

FOR A GROUP OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHO PRACTICE IMMIGRATION LAW, THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS A CALL TO ACTION THEY CAN'T IGNORE.

Las Abogadas follows four immigration attorneys over a four-year odyssey as the U.S. Government upends every law to protect those fleeing from violence and war.

From setting up a legal clinic in a Volkswagen bus in the middle of five thousand desperate migrants, to forcing border guards to follow the law and accept a blind woman into U.S. custody, to crossing the border to counsel African migrants stuck in Tijuana, to giving legal advice in the brutally hot Mexican sun to families desperate to see American soil — we watch our characters’ surreal journeys to try and help.

 

Rebecca, Charlene, Jodi, and Mulu face intense desperation and frustration. Days are filled with endless and crushing defeat. On occasion, a success — a family reunited and offered the chance to plead their case for asylum. Rebecca writes a parent’s phone number on a child’s arm in Sharpie and bundles her up to send her into the freezing detention center in San Ysidro. “If this was my daughter, I would hope someone would be there for them,” she says, fighting back tears.

 

As COVID-19 shuts down international borders, trapping the migrants in a political quagmire and global pandemic, our four attorneys struggle to find ways to continue their quest to help, one brave and anguished soul at a time. We follow Rebecca, Charlene, Jodi and Mulu into the Fall of 2020, to the day of the Presidential election. We feel their gripping anxiety as they witness what could usher in some semblance of hope, or bring about their greatest fear. Even in 2021, with the change in presidential administrations in the United States, our attorneys and their clients continued to face greater challenges than they could have imagined.

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