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#ImHere: THE CALL – A film about a choice no woman should have to face

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Sonia has worked so hard for this: a healthy family and a normal life in an average American town. But on a night that should have been like any other, she is forced to make an impossible choice that could shatter her family’s dreams forever. Keep your daughter safe — or keep your family together? What call would you make?

In our powerful new short film inspired by a true story, Sonia’s crisis shows why we must all support the human rights of immigrant women today. Produced in collaboration with over 30 partner organizations, the multi-award-winning People’s Television and starring distinguished actors from stage and screen, “The Call” is the centerpiece of Breakthrough’s #ImHere campaign, an urgent and innovative call to action for the rights of immigrant women in the United States.

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Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders

Early one morning, Maria—then nine months pregnant—and her family were stopped by the police for no discernible reason. At one of the most intimate moments of her life, Maria found a team of immigration agents—not her husband—by her side. Maria’s chilling story is the centerpiece of this powerful documentary depicting the reality of harsh immigration laws and post-9/11 racial profiling. Set in the U.S./Mexico border area near Tucson, Arizona, a region that sees more and more migrant deaths every year, the video explores the way to move forward by building coalitions among diverse groups including ACLU of ArizonaAlliance for Educational JusticeBlack Alliance for Just ImmigrationDerechos HumanosDRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)Funding Exchange and VAMOS Unidos, complementing a Week of Action centered around the 10th anniversary of September 11th spearheaded by Rights Working GroupWatch “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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Face the Truth: Racial Profiling Across America

“I’ve seen a lot in my life but to be degraded…not just stripped of my clothes, being stripped of my dignity, was what I had a problem with.” Kurdish American Karwan Abdul Kader was stopped and stripped by local law enforcement for no reason other than driving around in the wrong neighborhood. Watch stories like his in this powerful new documentary “Face The Truth: Racial Profiling Across America” showing the devastating impact of racial profiling on communities across our country, including the African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. The documentary accompanies a Rights Working Group report calling on the government to stop this unconstitutional and humiliating practice. Watch this video and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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Shackled and Detained: A Pregnant Woman’s Story

Juana’s story is one of Breakthrough’s most shared and talked- about videos.

One day while driving in Tennessee — and while nine months pregnant — Juana was stopped for a supposed traffic violation (of which she was later cleared). Before she knew it, Juana, an immigrant from Mexico, found herself in jail awaiting possible detention. Then she went into labor — and to the hospital, without her family, to give birth in shackles. Watch Juana’s ordeal to see the damage our broken immigration system causes to women and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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Mansimran: A Sikh Teenager Deals With Bullying

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Meet Mansimran. He’s an 18 year old all-American guy who likes Starbucks, hoops, and robotics. He’s a student, an older brother, and an active member of his Sikh religious community. Sometimes, when strangers see his turban, and the color of his skin, they lean out their car window and call him a “terrorist.” He’s not alone: especially since September 11, Sikh Americans and other communities have become targets of discrimination, racial profiling and bullying, and hate crimes. How does Mansimran respond to the harassment? “Come over here, sit down, I’ll tell you about Sikhism, I’ll tell you who I am”. Such as when he spoke at the United Sikhs summit telling members of Congress to support human rights across cultures. Watch Mansimran and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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DESERTED: The Human Rights Crisis On Our Soil

The remains of at least 6,000 migrants have been found in U.S. desert land since U.S.-Mexico border policies were implemented in the 1990s. Some groups estimate that for each set of remains recovered, those of 10 more people are lost to the harsh desert elements. Advocates and authorities attribute the escalating number of deaths not only to rising heat but also to ever-tightening border security forcing migrants into more remote and dangerous terrain. As we come up to United Nations’ International Migrants Day, we must recognize this human rights crisis that is taking place at our border. No matter your opinion on immigration reform, this is a crisis that all of us, as humans, are responsible for addressing – and ending. Visit Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths for more information. Watch this video and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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Mallika Dutt: The “war on women” is bigger than you think

Stories from around the country are revealing how recent laws such as Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s H.B. 56 are causing intense damage to families, communities and economies, with devastating consequences for immigrant women. These laws leave parents unable to protect their children. They force women to choose between the threat of an abusive husband and the threat of deportation if they call the police. They send pregnant mothers to give birth in shackles with federal agents by their side. As part of a delegation to Birmingham, Alabama with the We Belong Together campaign, Breakthrough president Mallika Dutt talks about the growing racial profiling and discrimination against immigrant communities and people of color. Watch this video and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.

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