FOR A GROUP OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHO PRACTICE IMMIGRATION LAW, THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS A CALL TO ACTION THEY CAN'T IGNORE.
LAS ABOGADAS centers around brave women attorneys standing up to insurmountable odds. Beginning in 2018, Rebecca Eichler, Mulu Alemayehu, Charlene D’Cruz and Jodi Goodwin find their usual legal tools being systematically twisted, thwarted, and pulled out from under their critical work by the United States Government’s chaotic, anti-immigrant policy changes.
The narrative of LAS ABOGADAS centers around these diverse women and their clients, as heartbreaking and heartwarming refugee stories unfold.
The film begins with a flashback to 2018 when Charlene, a fiery Indian-American attorney from Wisconsin, and Rebecca Eichler, a German-Chinese first-generation American, meet up to travel to a migrant caravan in Central Mexico to give legal advice to migrants desperate to make it to the United States. Later, in 2020, they work together to advise clients living in a makeshift tent camp south of the Texas-Mexico border just as the global COVID-19 pandemic is about to shut everything down.
Jodi, a single mother and an attorney known for her work reuniting children with their parents (who were separated by the U.S. government at the border by U.S authorities), is exhausted and near the breaking point as she counsels her clients on how to tell their story to an immigration judge.
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