Asylum Seekers

The inclusion of life-threatening domestic and gang violence as reasons for seeking asylum abroad is being weakened and effectively deleted by the current US Attorney General. This documentary covers women who have fled Guatemala to try to access asylum in the USA. One succeeds, one does not. Voices in the program: Albertina Gutierrez, US asylum seeker, mother of two, from Guatemala; Denise Gilman, San Antonio-based immigration attorney; Alessandra, recently arrived from Guatemala to the US; Sister Consuelo, Backpack Volunteer with RAICES in San Antonio, Texas; Lynn Stephen, Oregon-based anthropologist and president-elect of the Latin American Studies Association; Lucia, asylum seeker from Guatemala who was rejected by the US.


This program is adapted with permission from the Making Contact program ‘The Seekers, Part 1’. The producer was Maria Martin. Adaptation for WINGS by Frieda Werden.

Additional credits for Making Contact team:

Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada; Executive Director: Lisa Rudman.  

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