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“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”
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“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

From left, Martin Kildare (at podium), Chris Mansa, Jalon Matthews, Anica Garcia-DeGraff, Malik Proctor and Fox Worth perform the stories of asylum seekers who were detained in Orange County as part of the staged reading, “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border.” The performance concluded with a display of the American flag.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

Jennifer Lee Koh, a law professor and the director of the immigration clinic at Western State College of Law, speaks at “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border” at the St. Joseph Center in Orange on Feb. 10.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

UC Irvine theater student Fox Worth delivers a staged reading of a story told by an asylum seeker who fled Ghana to the U.S. because he felt unsafe being gay in his home country.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

UC Irvine acting students Chris Mansa, left, and Jalon Matthews, standing, perform at the “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border” staged reading. Mansa previously visited an immigration detainee from Togo in an Orange County jail and then performed a reading of his words.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

Peggy Thompson is a member of the Friends of Orange County Detainees, the organization that organized “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border” at the St. Joseph Center in Orange on Feb. 10.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

Malik Proctor, an acting student from UC Irvine, performs at “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border” at the St. Joseph Center in Orange on Feb. 10.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

UC Irvine acting student Anica Garcia-DeGraff tells the story of a transgender Honduran who came to the U.S. seeking asylum after fleeing gang members.

 (Spencer Grant)
“Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border”

Jennifer DeWitt, accompanied by guitarist Bobby Brennan, sings the Beatles’ “Blackbird” at the “Asylum Anguish: Stories from the Border” St. Joseph Center in Orange.

 (Spencer Grant)
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