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Documentary Film Screening: "Documented" with Special Guest Oscar Barbosa

Teens, Adults, Seniors Closed 12/1/2018 1/29/2019

Following his 2011 essay published in the New York Times Magazine, titled "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as one of 11 million undocumented American immigrants. “Documented” follows the recently- out Vargas as he travels the country, lending his voice to the cause of immigration reform and dealing with the media backlash of being "out" in America. This film is recommended for students and adults with interests in journalism, political science, and human rights. Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. Not Rated. 89 Minutes. Distribution and screening rights from Film Movement. Ages 16+.  Oscar Barbosa from Diaspora Law will share his personal story as an immigrant and will stay for a discussion following the film. Mr. Barbosa is an attorney at Diaspora Law, he sees immigration as a human rights oriented practice. He previously worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a Legal Assistant and with the Service Employees International Union, as an organizer. As an Immigration Attorney, he has been able to explain complicated options in understandable terms to his clients, and provide sympathetic representation for some of the most chastised sections of American society. His team enjoys working with immigrant families in a daily basis navigating one of the most complex systems in federal law. His previous academic and work experiences have taken him for extended periods to Japan, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and Chile. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Mr. Barbosa is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rotary International and seats in the board of the Spanish American Civic Association of Lancaster. He constantly collaborates with community based organizations that advocate for the improvement of the conditions of immigrants. His undergraduate degree is from the Pennsylvania State University, and Masters and J.D. are from Syracuse University.  He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey as well as Immigration Courts nationwide.

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