Updates from Mexico’s Borders

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 1:00pm
CDT
Victoria Bruce & Rebecca Eichler, moderated by Careen Shannon

Immigration lawyer Careen Shannon moderates a conversation with immigration lawyer Rebecca Eichler and award-winning filmmaker Victoria Bruce, both of whom recently visited Mexico’s northern and southern borders and report on their experience and their impressions of US immigration policy as well as Mexican policy

Rebecca N. Eichler has over 20 years of experience as an immigration attorney working with clients from around the world seeking protection under U.S. and international law. She currently lives and works in Mexico as a human rights advocate. She is a Board member of the Latin American Relief Fund and on the Legal Committee of Caminamos Juntos. Through her work with deportees from the U.S. and migrants at the U.S. border, she has gained a unique perspective on the systemic human rights abuses perpetrated by the Trump administration and its violations of U.S. immigration law and international asylum obligations. Now she updates the picture in the Biden Administration and reports from her recent visit to Mexico’s southern border.

Victoria Bruce has authored four books and is producer of such films as We’re Not Broke and Nobody Wants Us. She has had her films in over 50 film festivals including IDFA and Sundance, and has had films acquired by HBO, CBS, History Channel, Netflix, Hulu and PBS. She is the recipient of many film festival awards as well as a duPont-Columbia University Award. She is currently working on a documentary “Las Abogadas: Women Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis.” https://www.lasabogadasfilm.com/

Careen Shannon is an attorney, writer and former law professor who has focused on U.S. immigration law and policy for nearly 30 years.  She is the co-author of several books, and the author of hundreds of articles, about immigration law and global migration. She has made numerous trips to the U.S.-Mexico border to provide pro bono legal services to immigrant families held by the U.S. government in detention camps in New Mexico and Texas. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Safe Passage Project, a New York-based nonprofit that provides free lawyers to immigrant youth.