Americans for Immigrant Justice and MDC Present DREAM: An American Story

Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion at MDC's Iconic Tower Theater 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Miami, FL - August 8, 2016 - Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) presents Dream:  An American Story, an award-winning feature-length documentary film which chronicles the life of MDC graduate and former top student Juan Gomez on Monday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m., at Miami Dade College's (MDC) acclaimed Tower Theater.
 
Academically gifted, Juan Gomez firmly believes in the philosophy and promise of the American Dream. Facing separation from his parents, and caught in the midst of a dysfunctional immigration system and a deadlocked Congress, this dedicated and hardworking student struggles to gain legal status in the United States, the country he entered at age two with his parents who fled Colombia seeking asylum.  The film will be preceded by a reception and a panel discussion will take place following the screening.
 
Much is at stake for DREAMers like Juan, remarkable young immigrants currently protected from deportation by President Obama under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The 2016 presidential race has further heightened their fear of deportation, amid calls for mass round-ups and the deportation of all persons lacking legal status. AI Justice has been fighting for immigration reform since opening its doors in January 1996 and staff continue to work tirelessly to protect immigrants' basic rights.
 
Panelists will include the award-winning filmmaker Aldo Bello, former Miami mayor Manny Diaz, and prominent DREAMer, immigrant rights advocate, and MDC graduate Gaby Pacheco. AI Justice's Executive Director, Cheryl Little will moderate the panel.
 
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.aijustice.org. A limited number of underwritten tickets are available for MDC students and DREAMers.
 
For more information, please contact Ariela Moscowitz Fegley at 786-454-8853 or afegley@aijustice.org                                                                                                                                       

WHAT:           Americans for Immigrants Justice Presents DREAM: An American Story
 
WHEN:           Monday, Aug. 29, reception at 5:30 p.m., film followed by panel at 6:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:         MDC's Tower Theater
1508 SW 8th St.
 
MDC Media-only contacts: Juan C. Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu.

MAIN OFFICE
3000 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33137
T 305-573-1106
F 305-576-6273
E-Mail: info@aijustice.org

WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE
10 G Street NE.
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20002
T 202-248-5080

About Us:

AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.