The Journey

April 12 – 26, 2023: STFers at Amino Venice Charter, Carson, Da Vinci, Hamilton, New Roads, Palisades Charter and Wayne Hills high schools hosted events that encouraged their classmates to speak up for human rights abuses in the U.S. immigration system.

The documentary “The Real Death Valley” and a reenactment of an asylum seeker’s credible fear interview in the Southern Border tent exhibit engaged audiences in discussions about the deadly impacts of federal deterrence policies. STFers also collected petition signatures, demanding Congressional action and amplifying the voices of their peers.

Scroll to see pictures from some of these events:

April 12 – 21, 2023: Carson, Hamilton, and Palisades Charter high schools partnered with teachers to screen “The Real Death Valley” documentary and hold classroom discussions about the dangerous journey asylum seekers and migrants take when they are turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo by Suzanne Bello
April 21, 2023: In honor of Earth Day, New Roads STFers revived the “Human Rights and the Climate Crisis” campaign interactive tent exhibit for middle school students. STFers explained how the climate crisis is a driving factor for why people are fleeing their home countries, making their way to a more stable environment. Photo by Sydney Shintani
April 25, 2023: Students at Amino Venice Charter HS participated in a reenactment of a credible fear asylum interview. This was one of three stations students visited to learn more about seeking asylum in the U.S. Photo by Sydney Shintani
April 26, 2023: STFers at Da Vinci Schools hosted a walkabout and trivia table to collect signatures on their petitions demanding their Congressional representative Ted Lieu prioritize human rights of asylum seekers in the U.S. immigration system.
Photo by Allegrah Tankersley
April 26, 2023: In her school newspaper, a Wayne Hills HS STFer published an op-ed titled “Southern Border Crisis Puts Refugees in Increasing Danger” to educate her community on the dangers of deadly deterrence policies along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Photo by The New York Times

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