De Novo: A Child's Journey towards a New Life through the U.S. Immigration System


Monday, April 5, 2010
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Panel discussion and play focusing on the experiences of undocumented youth in U.S. immigration custody, thousands of whom make the harrowing journey across the border and through the U.S. system of justice each year. Issues of gang-based asylum claims and U.S. detention of immigrant children will be addressed in a panel discussion featuring experts in the field of immigrant children's advocacy. The discussion will follow a performance of the play De Novo, an original work inspired by the true story of teenage asylum seeker Edgar Chocoy. The play will be presented by members of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. Wendy Young (Kids in Need of Defense) will provide an introduction to the U.S. immigration system's treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children and gang-based asylum claims. Christopher Nugent (Holland & Knight) will discuss his experience working with immigrant children, including his role in helping Houses on the Moon to develop the De Novo play. Playwright Jeffrey Solomon will discuss research conducted on the project including review of court transcripts and conversations with immigration attorneys.

Presented by the Immigrants' Rights Coalition


Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
(registration is required)

For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or


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