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Join us for a screening of the HBO documentary, Torn Apart: Separated at the Border, followed by a talk back on immigrant family separation.

Torn Apart tackles the issue of family separation at the US southern border.  The film tells the stories of two mothers separated from their children. Shana Tabak, an Atlanta lawyer and the Director of Tahirih Justice Center/Atlanta is featured in the film along with her asylum client, Vilma Carrillo.

Though Vilma and her daughter were finally reunited after 246 days apart, they still are represented by Tahirih as they seek asylum in Atlanta’s Immigration Courts, known to be one of the most difficult courts in the U.S. to be granted asylum.

Telemundo, Tahirih Justice Center, the Latin American Association, Freedom University, the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), GALEO and Welcoming America are co-hosting this event.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 PM—Reception
  • 7:00 PM—Screening of HBO’s Torn Apart: Separated at the Border
  • 7:45 PM—Talk-Back moderated by Ivan Shammas, General Manager of Telemundo Atlanta, and featuring Shana Tabak, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center/Atlanta.

About The Film

The 38-minute documentary tells the story of two mothers who were separated from their young children when they tried to enter the United States.  One of the women, Vilma Carrillo, is a client of Tahirih/Atlanta. Vilma, an indigenous woman from Guatemala, experienced extreme violence at the hands of her husband. After her husband punched out her front four teeth and threatened to kill her, Vilma fled to the U.S. to seek safety. When she and her 11-year old U.S. citizen daughter, Yesivi, arrived at the U.S. border, they were separated.

More information about Torn Apart is available here:  https://www.tahirih.org/news/watch-guide-for-torn-apart-separated-at-the-border/

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