The
Flores
Exhibits

In the videos below, artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants read the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S. / Mexico Border.

This project is part of a national campaign to establish legal protections for immigrant children held in U.S. government facilities.

The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement sets a limit on the length of time a child can be detained, requires that they be held in the least restrictive area possible, and guarantees access to basic hygiene supplies, adequate nutrition, and appropriate clothing.

In June 2019, a team of lawyers who work as independent monitors of the detention facilities took more than 60 testimonies from children detailing lengthy stays, ongoing family separations, and dirty, unsafe conditions.

These sworn testimonies were submitted as exhibits in a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order filed by the National Center for Youth Law. The motion seeks to provide immediate relief to children living without access to basic hygiene supplies and adequate nutrition or sleep.

On September 27, Judge Dolly Gee of the 9th Circuit ruled against the Trump administration's proposal to end the Flores Settlement Agreement entirely, which would allow indefinite detention and eliminate independent oversight. The administration is likely to appeal this ruling, increasing the likelihood that this matter will be heard by the Supreme Court.

The need to raise awareness, organize, and take action is urgent.

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Exhibit  # 03
read by
David Gomez
President, Hostos Community College
read by
David Gomez
President, Hostos Community College
Exhibit  # 04
read by
Jeff Chase
Former Immigration Judge
read by
Jeff Chase
Former Immigration Judge
Exhibit  # 06
read by
Luis Mancheno
Immigration Lawyer, refugee from Ecuador
read by
Luis Mancheno
Immigration Lawyer, refugee from Ecuador
Exhibit  # 07
read by
Saheem Ali
Theater Director, Kenyan immigrant
read by
Saheem Ali
Theater Director, Kenyan immigrant
Exhibit  # 08
read by
Maulik Pancholy
Author, Actor, + Co-Founder, Act to Change
read by
Maulik Pancholy
Author, Actor, + Co-Founder, Act to Change
Exhibit  # 09
read by
Susan Pourfar
Actor
read by
Susan Pourfar
Actor
Exhibit  # 10
read by
Melissa Chandler
New Sanctuary Coalition, asylee from Venezuela
read by
Melissa Chandler
New Sanctuary Coalition, asylee from Venezuela
Exhibit  # 12
read by
Malina Weissman
Actor
read by
Malina Weissman
Actor
Exhibit  # 13
read by
Kathleen Chalfant
Actor
read by
Kathleen Chalfant
Actor
Exhibit  # 15
read by
Kewulay Kamara
Poet/Storyteller
read by
Kewulay Kamara
Poet/Storyteller
Exhibit  # 16
read by
Anne Pilsbury
Director, Central American Legal Assistance
read by
Anne Pilsbury
Director, Central American Legal Assistance
Exhibit  # 17
read by
Arian Moayed
Waterwell Co-Founder, Actor
read by
Arian Moayed
Waterwell Co-Founder, Actor
Exhibit  # 18
read by
Morena Baccarin
Actor + Ambassador, International Rescue Committee
read by
Morena Baccarin
Actor + Ambassador, International Rescue Committee
Exhibit  # 22
read by
Steven Choi
Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
read by
Steven Choi
Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Exhibit  # 25
read by
Adriana Garcia
Policy Advisor, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC
read by
Adriana Garcia
Policy Advisor, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC
Exhibit  # 27
read by
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Executive Director, Dance/NYC
read by
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Executive Director, Dance/NYC
Exhibit  # 28
read by
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Actor
read by
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Actor
Exhibit  # 29
read by
Lenni Benson
Professor, New York Law School + Founder, Safe Passage Project
read by
Lenni Benson
Professor, New York Law School + Founder, Safe Passage Project
Exhibit  # 33
read by
Heather Yvonne Axford
Legal Director, Central American Legal Assistance
read by
Heather Yvonne Axford
Legal Director, Central American Legal Assistance
Exhibit  # 35
read by
Sakina Jaffrey
Actor
read by
Sakina Jaffrey
Actor
Exhibit  # 38
read by
Rabbi Joshua Stanton
East End Temple
read by
Rabbi Joshua Stanton
East End Temple
Exhibit  # 40
read by
Kerri Kelly
Founder, CTZNWELL
read by
Kerri Kelly
Founder, CTZNWELL
Exhibit  # 41
read by
Modesto Flako Jimenez
Performance Artist
read by
Modesto Flako Jimenez
Performance Artist
Exhibit  # 43
read by
Sahr Ngaujah
Artist
read by
Sahr Ngaujah
Artist
Exhibit  # 44
read by
Rev. Micah Bucey
Judson Memorial Church
read by
Rev. Micah Bucey
Judson Memorial Church
Exhibit  # 45
read by
Mahsa Kasraie
Digital Consultant, Iranian immigrant
read by
Mahsa Kasraie
Digital Consultant, Iranian immigrant
Exhibit  # 46
read by
Zainab Jah
Actor
read by
Zainab Jah
Actor
Exhibit  # 47
read by
Commissioner Bitta Mostofi
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC
read by
Commissioner Bitta Mostofi
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC
Exhibit  # 50
read by
David Schwimmer
Actor
read by
David Schwimmer
Actor
Exhibit  # 51
read by
Brian Jones
Director, Voices of A People's History of the United States
read by
Brian Jones
Director, Voices of A People's History of the United States
Exhibit  # 52
read by
James Udom
Actor
read by
James Udom
Actor
Exhibit  # 53
read by
David Henry Hwang
Playwright
read by
David Henry Hwang
Playwright
Exhibit  # 54
read by
Elizabeth Lamb
Immigration Judge (retired)
read by
Elizabeth Lamb
Immigration Judge (retired)
Exhibit  # 55
read by
Alfred Kahn and Jillian Crane
Founder + President of First Responders Children's Foundation
read by
Alfred Kahn and Jillian Crane
Founder + President of First Responders Children's Foundation
Exhibit  # 56
read by
Clint Ramos
Costume and Set Designer, Filipino immigrant
read by
Clint Ramos
Costume and Set Designer, Filipino immigrant
Exhibit  # 57
read by
Israel Rodriguez Rubio
Law student, granted asylum
read by
Israel Rodriguez Rubio
Law student, granted asylum
Exhibit  # 58
read by
Jennifer Gordon and Sophie Steinman-Gordon
Immigration Law Professor + college student
read by
Jennifer Gordon and Sophie Steinman-Gordon
Immigration Law Professor + college student
Exhibit  # 59
read by
Roger Chao
Lawyer, pro bono immigration work
read by
Roger Chao
Lawyer, pro bono immigration work
Exhibit  # 60
read by
Armando Riesco
Actor
read by
Armando Riesco
Actor
Exhibit  # 62
read by
Bob Weisel
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (retired) + Senior Consultant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
read by
Bob Weisel
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (retired) + Senior Consultant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Exhibit  # 63
read by
Elora Mukherjee
Jerome L. Greene Clinical Professor of Law + Director of Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School
read by
Elora Mukherjee
Jerome L. Greene Clinical Professor of Law + Director of Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School
Exhibit  # 65
read by
Kevin Jennings
President, Tenement Museum
read by
Kevin Jennings
President, Tenement Museum
Exhibit  # 69
read by
Warren Binford
Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Law Program, Willamette University
read by
Warren Binford
Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Law Program, Willamette University

This project was created by Waterwell and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition as part of Project Amplify's national campaign to bring visibility to the testimonies of migrant children and young adults held in detention at the U.S. / Mexico border.

The Flores Exhibits aims to influence systemic change in our immigration policies through narrative-driven advocacy. It is designed as another way for the American public to understand the details of how the current immigration policy negatively affects immigrant children, young adults and young mothers with children.

The legal and public policy partners for this project are the Immigrants' Rights Clinic and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School.

Contact us at: info@flores-exhibits.org.

This project is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and Jayne Baron Sherman and Deby Zum through The Sherzum Fund at Our Fund. Waterwell Films, EOTI Productions, Butter Studio and Sam Sweeney contributed in-kind services.

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