ART WORKS Projects is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion featuring Chicago-based leaders who advocate for immigrants at the local and national level. The panelists will address the complexities of immigration policy in the U.S. while considering the impact of deportation on families and their communities.
Panel: The State of Deportation
August 23, 2018 | 6 – 7:30pm
Remarks to begin at 6:30pm.
625 N. Kingsbury Street
Royal Berg – Immigration Attorney
Oscar Chacón – Executive Director, Alianza Americas
Seemi Choudry – Director, Mayor’s Office of New Americans
Evelyn Venegas – Family Support Network Coordinator, ICIRR
This event is free and open to the public.
This ART WORKS Projects event is presented in tandem with the exhibition Deported: An American Division by Emerging Lens photographer Rachel Woolf. This project began in late July 2017 when Woolf met Lourdes Salazar Bautista days before her deportation hearing in Detroit. Bautista had been living in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the past 20 years along with her children Pamela (19), Bryan (14), and Lourdes (16) who were all born in the United States. Though the family was hopeful that Bautista would be granted permission to stay in the U.S., it was determined at her hearing that she would be deported. Bautista, along with her two younger children, left for Mexico soon after the hearing in August 2017.
Photo: Rachel Woolf, Michigan, 2017.
Bryan cries as his former teacher, Jennifer Walsh, of Ann Arbor, wipes tears from his face before he enters the security line with his family to travel to Mexico at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. Lourdes (not pictured), took her children with her to Mexico when she was deported. Now, to stay with their mother, Bryan and his older sister Lourdes “Lulys” Quintana-Salazar, 15, (not pictured) attend a school in Toluca, Mexico.
Deported: An American Division is presented with generous support from The Henry Nias Foundation and Friedman Law Group, Ltd.