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ADVISORY: CAP To Screen Documentary On Transgender Women Who Fled Persecution in Mexico to Seek Asylum in the U.S.

Washington, D.C.  On Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. EST, the Center for American Progress will host a screening of the documentary “Crossing Over,” which depicts the story of the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.

This screening is part of CAP’s Reel Progress series and will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and experts about the challenges faced by transgender immigrants.


Isabel Castro, Director, “Crossing Over”
Katrina Sorrentino, Producer, “Crossing Over”
Other panelists to be announced

Sharita Gruberg, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress


March 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET – 8:00 p.m. ET

Pizza will be provided at 5:30 p.m.


Press are welcome to attend this event. To do so, please identify yourself as Press when submitting your RSVP.

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