Unified Struggle

Unified Justice 3


Sunday, October 26, 3pm, NW Film Forum

‘Dede’ Giday Adhanom-Swan was born in Ethiopia. In 1985, when she was three years old, she was taken to Sudan with a relative to flee from the war in Ethiopia. They lived in Sudan as refugees until they were able to enter the U.S. She had just turned 10 years old when they were brought to Seattle, WA. Dede found a new family at 12 when she was placed in foster care. Dede received a criminal conviction when she was 19 and has been facing deportation since 2006. She received a huge outpouring of community support to prevent her deportation and the judge ruled in her favor. Due to Dede’s commitment and involvement with her community she was pardoned by Governor Gregoire in 2011. Despite this the federal Board of Immigration has consistently tried to deport Dede, and her case will be reopened in November 2013. (Christy X, 22 min, USA)

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