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Immigration Film Festival: Showing of Unlikely Heroes

Showing at NYAPC – Unlikely Heroes (Schweitzer Helden)
Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
Sabine, a Swiss housewife who has recently separated from her husband, suddenly finds herself
alone over the Christmas season. In order to gain recognition from her family and friends, she
decides to stage the story of William Tell with a group of asylum seekers, an endeavor for which
is she is hardly prepared, in many respects. When news of the performance hits the media,
Sabine goes to her limits – and beyond – to ensure the success of the play. Only then does she
realize that what really counts is quite another matter.
After the Movie, a Discussion about Immigration will be led by:
Kathy Doan, Esq., Executive Director of the CAIR Coalition. Kathy joined CAIR Coalition
in 2008. Prior to CAIR Coalition, she was the Deputy Director of the Central American
Resource Center (CARECEN) in Washington, DC, where she also managed the agency’s
Immigration Legal Services and Community Services programs. Kathy received her B.A. in
History from Cornell University and is a graduate of Catholic University’s Columbus School of
Law. Kathy has served the immigrant community in various capacities for more than 20 years.
In October 2010, she was awarded the CORO (Community Outreach Recognition and
Opportunity ) Award by the District of Columbia Courts for her “commitment and demonstrated
excellence in providing legal services to the Latino community.”
and by:
Vanessa Allyn, Managing Attorney (DC) of Human Rights First. Vanessa is the managing
attorney for Refugee Representation in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. As
managing attorney, Vanessa oversees the pro bon legal representation of indigent asylum seekers
by providing support, mentorship and training to volunteer lawyers in the Washington D.C.
metro area. In addition to mentoring and training pro bono attorneys, Vanessa is responsible for
the day-to-operation of the Refugee Representation team in Washington, D.C. and also provides
support to Human Rights First’s advocacy team.
Before joining Human Rights First, she was a staff attorney with the Capitol Area Immigrants’
Rights (CAIR) Coalition and provided “know your rights” presentations, direct representation,
and pro bono attorney mentorship for immigrants detained in Virginia and Maryland.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Government. She the
served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga and went on to obtain
her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She is a member of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in Maryland.
For more information about the movie and the festival, please read click the following link:

Now is the time to visit–washington/greater-washington-immigration-film-festival/?view=list to buy a ticket (or two or three!) to our Unlikely Heroes screening at NYAPC on Friday October 23 at 6:30 p.m. You can also purchase tickets to for other screenings on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the same site, or even a ticket allowing you to attend all showings.  Of course, some showings take place at the same time, so you would have to choose which ones to attend.


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