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Spanning the Divide: Examining Mass Migration from Central America and Mexico Through the Lens of the Film A Bridge Apart

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Date: October 27, 4-5:30 pm ET
Time:  4 p.m. ET (90 minutes)
Format: Free Webinar and Free Movie Screening

Mass migration into the United States over the southern border continues unabated despite immigration policies, both harsh and humanitarian, that span across administrations. This webinar will focus on migration through the documentary film, A Bridge Apart. The film documents the journey of the thousands of migrants from Central America and Mexico who leave their homes and families. It highlights the extraordinary brutality and loss of life migrants face traveling to the United States and economic-based solutions focusing on the right to stay home. The film is narrated by award-winning actor James Olmos.

The distinguished panel of experts and scholars includes a co-producer of the award-winning film, A Bridge Apart, as well as national advocates and academics. The panelists will offer a robust examination of the many factors that influence mass migration and analyze challenges and solutions. The panelists will examine the following questions: How do political, environmental, social and other factors serve as push factors? What impact do our domestic policies have on migration patterns? As a nation of laws, what are our responsibilities to ensure due process for all who cross our borders and what does due process require? We hope you will join us for this exciting program..


  • Meg O’Brien Barrett, co-producer, “A Bridge Apart”
  • Raquel Aldana, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis
  • Oscar Chacon, co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas
  • Ragini Shah, Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Moderator: Former Immigration Judge Lisa Dornell

    Sponsors: ABA Commission on Immigration, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

    Program Materials: Participants are encouraged to use the free link to access the film, “A Bridge Apart” prior to the event which will be provided via email after registration. The link will be active from October 13-October 27.

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