The Unafraid

Dirs. Anayansi PradoHeather Courtney | 85 min
Documentary USA 2018
EnglishSpanish with English subtitles

The Unafraid follows the lives of three DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college.

Shot over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, fight for the rights of their families and communities, and pursue their dreams. The Unafraid shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the US.

Screening followed by a conversation with Adina Appelbaum, Program Director of the CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab and Sonya Weisburd, the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs.

Co-presented with the EDCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility.


Monday, September 237:00 PM Cafritz Hall Pay-What-You-Choose*

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Adina Appelbaum created and leads the Immigration Impact Lab, CAIR Coalition’s first-ever federal courts and appellate impact litigation project. She has litigated several individual and class action impact cases on behalf of detained immigrants facing deportation involving asylum law, due process and conditions of detention, and the intersection of criminal and immigration law, including Obando-Segura v. Whitaker, Civil Action No. GLR-17-3190, 2019 WL 423412 (D. Md. Feb. 1, 2019), Martinez v. Sessions, 892 F.3d 655 (4th Cir. 2018), Mauricio-Vasquez v. Whitaker, 910 F.3d 134 (4th Cir. 2018), and Mauricio-Vasquez v. Crawford, No. 1:16-cv-01422 (AJT), 2017 WL 1476349 (E.D. Va. Apr. 24, 2017). As an adjunct professor, Adina co-taught a seminar on the intersection of criminal and immigration law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Sonya Weisburd is the Edlavitch DCJCC Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs. Sonya joined the EDCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service in 2015 from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), where she was the Assistant Director for International Jewish Affairs working on anti-Semitism and other Jewish advocacy issues world-wide. Prior to AJC, Sonya ran mental health advocacy campaigns on college campuses across the country with Active Minds, Inc. She completed her master’s in social work with concentrations in Children and Families and Management and Community Organizing at the University of Maryland and her undergraduate studies in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and International Studies at Indiana University, graduating cum laude. Sonya has been a religious school teacher, experiential Jewish educator, volunteer manager, and held a variety of other Jewish communal posts in the Washington, DC Jewish community that she calls home. She is thrilled to create a Jewish social justice hub at the EDCJCC, as well as offer the community meaningful and innovative ways to give back through volunteering and direct service.

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