June 26th Screening: 'Fruits of War' Documentary

"Join us for a thought-provoking presentation about grounds for challenging immigration consequences of alleged gang affiliation, which will be followed by the screening of a documentary, Fruits of War.  This documentary addresses the intersection of gangs and immigration, which is the subject anticipated for lively discussion before the film among our distinguished panelists. more about panelists and film below event details:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

5:30pm - 8pm

UC Hastings, 198 McAllister, San Francisco

LBM Room

*1 hour MCLE credit for California Bar members

Featured panelists include:

Jeff Adachi - San Francisco Public Defender

Alex Sanchez - Executive Director of Homies Unidos and one of the subjects of the film

Josiah Hooper - Director of the featured film, and also Producer of the HBO documentary series “WITNESS”

Angie Junck - Supervising Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Karl Krooth - Litigation counsel, Immigrant Crime & Justice

From the mouths of the four alleged (and reformed) gang members (Bullet, Rebel, Weazel, and Duke) depicted in Fruits of War, you will hear the bloody story of these child refugees' escape from the danger-ridden El Salvador's civil war-torn streets to the United States.  All four settled in the tough east side of Los Angeles, eventually becoming involved in alleged street gangs.  When they were deported back to El Salvador, they discovered a country ravaged by war, and faced a new wave of violence as the LA street gangs take root in their homeland.  The Salvadoran government, with support from the US, began a brutal crackdown on the gangs, and these four men found themselves in the middle of a conflict eerily similar to the civil war -- pitting the army and police against thousands of El Salvador's poorest residents, now alleged members of the gangs.  As they have come to terms with their two countries' violent histories, these alleged former gang members redirect their lives towards helping young people deal with this legacy.  This event is co-presented by AILA Northern California Chapter, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), UC Hastings Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Hastings Students for Immigrants' Rights."