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.
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.
Breakthrough was given rare access behind the walls of an immigrant detention center and met several long time residents who face exile from the U.S. The threat of being exiled away from their families and lives is almost too much to bear for them. As one of them says, “this is a nightmare that I’ve not been able to wake up from.” Watch their stories and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.
Betsy, an American, fell in love with a man from Italy and they started a family. In all respects he was American – he lived in the U.S for decades, was a legal permanent resident, was married to an American Citizen, and had citizen children. Yet when he was arrested, their life spiraled out of control – as he faced deportation back to Italy. Reflecting on her experience, she says “When these laws were initially passed back in 1996 they were passed to protect people… yet the people that are being deported are fathers and mothers.” Watch Betsy’s story and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.
Agatha Joseph’s daughter was only 17 when she was placed in detention. She spent 3 years fighting for her case in 7 detention centers—all for making a small mistake as a teenager. Agatha tells how officials treated her daughter, “She was in a gymnasium that housed 200 people. There was only one exit door and a fire broke out and they shut the gymnasium down and everyone was locked in.” Watch her daughter’s story and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores fair immigration and racial justice.