Tax Deductible Donations for Our Fiscally Sponsored Films

Help Us Document a Group of Extraordinary Women Navigating a Political Minefield and Saving Thousands of Lives.

By making a tax-deductible donation to the production of Las Abogadas documentary film, you will be a part of bringing to light the ways that the U.S. legal system is currently failing not only migrants but American and Mexican attorneys who work within the legal system to save the migrant lives. Unlike previous films on the topic of migrants and refugees, we present our film subjects as a bridge to connect with American and global audiences, to create a dialogue, and to help push for new and greater humanitarian legal policies.

As we move into our second phase of production following our attorneys as they continue their heroic fight for justice against incredible odds, we need your help.

Attorney with Lawyers for Good Government's Project Corazon, Charlene D'Cruz welcomes a blind Cuban asylum seeker who she worked for weeks to get into the United States.

Attorney with Lawyers for Good Government’s Project Corazon, Charlene D’Cruz welcomes a blind Cuban asylum seeker who she worked for weeks to get into the United States.

Attorney Jody Goodwin briefing asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico, just a month before the border is shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your donation will be part of supporting our location filming by paying crew and covering logistical and technical costs. We will be stringent and dedicated in our work, documenting the true and incredibly important narrative into a feature-length film to be released in 2022.

 

 

 

Las Abogadas Film Synopsis

Las Abogadas follows four women immigration attorneys over a multi-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 three disabled children into U.S. custody, to crossing the border to council 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.

Attorney Mulu Alemayehu attends online Ethiopian Orthodox Easter services a month into the covid quarantine. Mulu was crossing the border each month in Tijuana to council refugees from Africa until the borders were shut down.

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. We watch as 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 Diego. “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 will 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.